I am relatively new to American Football in general and have only been following the Rams and this blog properly for the last two years. I am fully aware of my naivety and would like to ask a few questions that I currently have.
Firstly, the draft system is a concept that many in the UK and Europe have difficulty in understanding as none of our sports adopt such a thing. Despite the obvious problems a team ranked 32nd overall and therefore in the number 1 spot for the draft create for the coaching staff in terms of longevity of their jobs, in a draft year when the number one prospect is so outstanding why would a franchise not lose on purpose? I have heard in certain circles that if a team wants to trade for the number one spot and in all likely hood Luck they will have to part with two seasons worth of draft picks. Surely such a price is worth being the temporary laughing stock of the league because despite obvious problems with the Rams in terms of picking players past the first two rounds no front office could fail to turn a teams fortunes around with such a bounty of picks. The San Diego Chargers had the third pick in the draft, but traded two first round picks, a second round pick, and a three time Pro Bowler to get the infamous Ryan Leaf. I certainly know many Premiership Football teams in England who would be implementing some very dodgy tactics in order to secure the chance of gaining such a talent like Luck.
Secondly I wanted to know more about the Rams offensive line. I believe the offensive line is the most important unit on the football pitch as when it functions properly it gives average receivers more time to make themselves look better and quarterbacks the chance to think about the throw they want to implement. It also allows the defence more time on the touchline to get their breath back and instantly look better in turn. The Rams offensive line players obviously have talent in their respective positions in order to each command such large contracts and it certainly isn't due to them being too old. How much does working in that position come down to knowing others on the line well? Have they just not spent enough time together? Or is it purely down to the tackles that have been drafted not being up to the task?Obviously the dynamics of having to protect a person for a longer period of time in comparison to last season, as Sam holds onto the ball for longer in the hope that someone gets open, is tough but that doesn't stop Tom Brady being able to sit back and have a cup of coffee behind a line that are certainly not getting paid any more than the Rams line. Or is the whole thing based purely on coaching?
Thank you for your time