The Rams had by no means been beneath .500 since Sean McVay took over as coach in 2017 till this season. L.A. is a McVay-worst three video games beneath .500. Plus the Rams misplaced star receiver Cooper Kupp earlier than heading to New Orleans to face the Saints in Week 11. The Chargers are hoping to get a few of their injured gamers again however nonetheless face an enormous process at house Sunday towards the AFC West rival Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. Rams beat author Gary Klein and Chargers beat author Jeff Miller tackle followers’ considerations and questions with eight weeks to go within the common season.
With Matthew Stafford in concussion protocol and so many Rams out of the lineup on offense, when ought to Sean McVay contemplate letting the younger guys play? Is there actually any hope for this season or is time to look to the longer term?
Alex Helmke, Santa Clarita
Klein: It’s not a matter of letting the younger guys play. With all of the accidents, they’re taking part in. Final week, rookie working again Kyren Williams performed for the primary time for the reason that season opener. I’d count on his function to develop. Rookie cornerbacks Derion Kendrick and Cobie Durant have been taking part in. Rookie security Russ Yeast additionally performed towards the Cardinals on protection. And receiver Lance McCutcheon performed on offense for the primary time. With Cooper Kupp out, it is going to be attention-grabbing to see if McVay prompts receiver Tutu Atwell, a 2021 second-round choose who was inactive the final two video games. Atwell has one catch in two seasons. The Rams have hope till they’re eradicated from the playoffs. If Matthew Stafford stays in concussion protocol, that day in all probability will not be far off.
In mild of all of the Chargers accidents and lack of depth (normal supervisor Tom Telesco standing pat earlier than the commerce deadline), when is the staff going to carry Telesco accountable? I heard that the Patriots had considerations concerning the well being of J.C. Jackson and Telesco indicators him to play zone when he’s a man-to-man protection nook. Terrific Tom (I name him Horrible Tom) has a shedding document after 9 seasons and has made a number of dangerous first-round picks. The great first-round picks fell into his lap besides transferring as much as take Kenneth Murray (by no means might be All-Professional). Williams, James, Herbert. Slater fell into his lap as he didn’t do something inventive.
Harvey Smith, Dayton, Nev.
Miller: I think possession will maintain Telesco accountable after this season. If the Chargers don’t make the playoffs, I’d suppose there’s a great probability this staff may have a brand new GM subsequent 12 months. I agree along with your evaluation on his prime picks of late. All of them gave the impression to be fairly apparent, together with OL Zion Johnson in 2022. I don’t suppose Telesco is a horrible GM. He’s very accountable and does every thing with the franchise’s finest curiosity in thoughts. This staff is in good monetary form proper now due to him. However two playoff appearances in 10 years simply isn’t sufficient in professional sports activities.
Want to know why the Rams play a comfortable protection on all our opponent receivers. They at all times play 5-10 yards off, they catch and we deal with. Then we lose.
Steve Bastow, Santa Monica
Klein: Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris doesn’t wish to surrender the large play. But it surely’s in all probability an overgeneralization to say they play a comfortable protection on “all” opponent receivers. And the Rams are usually not shedding due to their move protection, though they’ve missed quite a few alternatives for interceptions. They’re shedding as a result of the offense has made the three-and-out an artwork kind.
Appears everyone seems to be on the hold-Tom Telesco-accountable bandwagon lately. Was going to counsel the Chargers convey again defensive deal with Linval Joseph since they’re so short-handed and he is aware of the system from final season, however appears the Eagles beat them to the punch. So ought to the query be, is there any method Tom Telesco ought to hold his job?
Signed, all not bitter San Diego followers
Miller: Let’s see what the subsequent eight video games convey. This Chargers’ season isn’t within the dumpster simply but. Particularly concerning Joseph, the Chargers want somebody for Sunday who can step in and play a good variety of snaps. That’s why they signed a participant (Tyeler Davison) who was with a staff (on Cleveland’s apply squad) versus signing somebody like Joseph, who has been out of the league since final 12 months. Joseph, who additionally had offseason shoulder surgical procedure, may have the ability to play a handful of snaps immediately, however the Chargers want greater than that.
I do know Lance McCutcheon received in on three performs though no passes went his method. I watched his exhibition video games, which had been the rationale I’m certain he made the Rams, however given the passing recreation why doesn’t he get a larger alternative? He’s an enormous receiver a la Robinson and in my humble opinion ought to probably earn extra taking part in time.
Don Atchison, Nanaimo, Canada
Klein: McCutcheon, an undrafted free agent from Montana State, impressed through the preseason. However he wasn’t going to beat out Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek, Tutu Atwell and Brandon Powell — all with extra expertise within the offense. To McCutcheon’s credit score, he made the staff after which improved on particular groups and finally discovered a method onto the lively roster. Final week towards the Cardinals, he performed on offense for the primary time. Now that he has performed some snaps, I anticipate his function will develop.