The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a season in which they met the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl behind one of their best season in franchise history.
This year, the Los Angeles Rams will be watching the Super Bowl from California, as they were eliminated last night with a 34-31 loss against the San Francisco 49ers.
What went wrong for the Rams this year? A major factor was the under-usage of Todd Gurley, a Pro Bowl-caliber running back. Malcolm Brown, a fourth-year running back out of the University of Texas, played a lot more snaps this year. Gurley saw his snap count decrease from the season before, highlighted by a career-low five carries in a Week Four 55-40 blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jared Goff, while throwing for 4,319 yards, the third-most in the NFL so far this season, has struggled in other areas, throwing only 19 touchdowns to 16 interceptions. The defense has also struggled, hence allowing 55 points to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and allowing at least 40 points in two other games this season (Ravens, Cowboys). The Rams traded for Jalen Ramsey in hopes of shoring up the defense, but that did not work out as planned.
On the bright side, Cooper Kupp has stepped up as the Rams’ top receiver, tied for second in the NFL with nine touchdown receptions, sixth in the NFL with 87 receptions, and 12th in the NFL with 1,062 receiving yards.
As good as a season that Kupp is having, it was not quite enough for the Rams, who are going to want to spend their offseason taking a deep look at what they need to do next year. Whether it is trade Gurley, draft defensive players, or bring in free agents or some new coaches, the Rams need to do something to turn themselves around in 2020-2021.