So, what happened to that high-powered Rams offense in the Super Bowl?
OK, so the Patriots did an excellent job shutting down everything head coach Sean McVay and Co. wanted to do on that side of the ball. Quarterback Jared Goff, so reliant on play action, wasn’t helped at all by Los Angeles being unable to get its run game going.
All said, however, staying at No. 2 in our NFL power rankings after this Super Bowl loss isn’t that bad. The way things stand right now, the Rams will still be in an excellent position to contend for another title a year from now.
Yet that doesn’t mean L.A. is without some serious questions this offseason. Free agency will bite hard. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, safety Lamarcus Joyner and EDGE Dante Fowler are scheduled to hit the open market, which will open up some key defensive holes. And on the offensive side of the ball, standout offensive guard Rodger Saffold will be a free agent, too.
In fact, the majority of the Rams offensive line could get younger and cheaper.
The Rams can afford to make some moves while Goff plays on his rookie contract. But 2018 was supposed to be a win-now year. And while ranking as the No. 2 team in both NFL power rankings and in total standings is quite an achievement, L.A. is going to have to face an uncertain future with some pressing issues to solve.