In many ways, the return of the Los Angeles Rams symbolized a fresh start and a chance to leave the struggles in the past behind them. However, as evidenced by their recent play, there are still a few blemishes that followed the Rams to the West coast.
One of them has been the lackluster performance of their offensive line. While many thought this would be the year that the line takes the next step into becoming a solid group, their play has instead remained stagnant and underwhelming.
According to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN, head coach Jeff Fisher does not plan on switching things up on the offensive line despite their struggles:
“We’ve got guys that can play and that can back up,” Fisher said. “No I’ve not given any consideration. J.B. (Jamon Brown) couldn’t play, he fractured his hand in practice, so Cody (Wichmann) came in and I thought Cody did a nice job. Whenever J.B. is ready to play, we’ll work him back in.”
The struggles on the line have been headlined by former second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Greg Robinson. Robinson’s play has become a growing concern in the team’s front office that still has yet to see a return on their investment. He is ranked by Pro Football Focus as the fourth-worst tackle in the league.
This has sparked rumors about Los Angeles possibly switching him to guard and Roger Saffold back out to tackle. However, Fisher remains confident that it is only a matter of time before Robinson starts to finally come along:
“Greg is going to be a really good player,” Fisher said. “He’s highly athletic. I thought, for the most part, he played an outstanding rusher in Jason Pierre-Paul,
and he held his own in this game. There’s no harder position to play, besides the quarterback position, than the left tackle position, especially when you’re going to throw the ball.”
While Fisher’s faith in Robinson is encouraging, it is only a matter of time before All-Pro running back Todd Gurley becomes understandably fed-up with the lack of running room he has had all season.