Tue. May 17th, 2022

LA Rams News

Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

We are sometimes trapped in a reality we ourselves create. What we learn in an instant, we then hold on to for a significantly longer time, despite evidence to the contrary. After the LA Ram offensive line performed cruelly in 2019, it became a reality ever since. There are still fans who think the offensive line is ‘sucking’, despite being statistically one of the best in the league.

So too, fans have reached an immediate and permanent belief that the LA Rams defense is complete shit and will never be good again until Rams fire defense coordinator Raheem Morris.

Although I’m not here to absolve the guy of some dubious calls and decisions about who to start in this defense, I want to show that this Rams defense is influenced by more than the defensive coordinator. It’s been a factor in the Rams’ defensive efficiency since head coach Sean McVay took over the team in 2017.

Possession time is not a true measure of an NFL offense. How can it be? The Rams showed in previous games this season that this offense can score a touchdown in just one to two minutes from anywhere on the football field. So offensively, the LA Rams can score touchdowns with little or no time coming off the clock.

But possession time is a huge factor in determining how well a defense plays in the NFL. This is because it not only measures how effectively the defense gets off the field, but how quickly the offensive puts them back on the field. But before we get into that, let’s talk about why this is the case.

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