How did Rams blow it on line? Chargers’ Staley on skinny ice?

The Rams don’t seem as if they will “run it again” to a different Tremendous Bowl title as they’d proclaimed. In the meantime, the short-handed Chargers performed properly in consecutive video games solely to lose. Their subsequent string of video games might decide whether or not they’ll be in a battle for a playoff spot. Rams beat author Gary Klein and Chargers beat author Jeff Miller handle followers’ issues and questions with seven weeks to go within the common season.

When will you acknowledge Joe Noteboom ($25M) and the NOBODY line (none prime 10 at their place) had been no instance of succession planning? Day 1, just one offensive lineman, Allen, was rated prime 20 at their place. Now that two tackles are gone what WAS and would be the succession plan for the offensive line? You recognize the factor that retains the quarterback from getting concussions?

James Douglas, Huntington Seaside

Klein: When left deal with Andrew Whitworth retired and proper guard Austin Corbett left as a free agent, the Rams did have a succession plan in place. In 2018, they chose Joe Noteboom with their highest decide within the draft after which had him apprentice behind Whitworth for 4 seasons earlier than signing him to an extension. Additionally they re-signed middle Brian Allen. Then they drafted offensive lineman Logan Bruss with their highest decide within the 2021 draft, projecting him because the beginning proper guard if not at the start of the season, then by midseason. Additionally they prolonged proper deal with Rob Havenstein on the eve of the season opener.

That looks as if a plan. However like lots of plans, this one didn’t work out. Bruss suffered a season-ending knee damage, Allen has had a number of accidents and Noteboom finally suffered a season-ending Achilles damage as properly. And backups educated at a number of positions both suffered accidents or didn’t play properly. The Rams little doubt can be trying to signal free-agent offensive linemen and draft others. However most of their cash is locked up in quarterback Matthew Stafford, receiver Cooper Kupp, defensive lineman Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

The Chargers underneath Spanos have all the time been notoriously low cost in terms of hiring coaches. Is that each one that’s saving Brandon Staley now as a result of he positive appears out of his depth?

Hawk Mendenhall, Austin, Texas

Miller: Unsure what “out of his depth” means, however, no, that’s not what’s saving Staley proper now. This franchise traditionally doesn’t make in-season head-coaching modifications. So, if possession decides to maneuver on from Staley, I wouldn’t see that occuring till after the season. Simply as a reminder, Staley is 14-13 to start out his head-coaching profession. Via their first 27 video games, Invoice Belichick was 11-16 and Invoice Walsh and Jimmy Johnson had been each 5-22.

Did Rams administration in committing a lot cash to a comparatively few gamers not depart sufficient salary-cap money to place high-quality gamers within the many different offensive and defensive positions wanted to discipline a constant winner? My query extends properly past the plain holes within the offensive line. Second, this season’s prime contenders appear to characteristic extremely cellular quarterbacks who add an important dimension to their offenses. No knock on Stafford as his resumé speaks for itself, however scrambling has clearly by no means been his robust swimsuit, ideas?

Tom Goepel, Los Angeles

Klein: The Rams are gone the times of 2018 once they had a quarterback enjoying on a rookie contract — and will encompass him with high-priced stars everywhere in the discipline. The NFL is a season-to-season proposition. Fielding a constant winner doesn’t imply something in case you don’t win Tremendous Bowls. And the Rams gained the Tremendous Bowl by buying and paying their star gamers. After the Tremendous Bowl, they signed Stafford, Kupp and Donald to massive extensions. They signed receiver Allen Robinson to a market-level deal and signed future Corridor of Fame linebacker Bobby Wagner to a team-friendly deal. And Ramsey is also enjoying on an enormous contract.

Matthew Stafford throws underneath strain from the 49ers protection. The Rams’ quarterback may not be a runner however he can scramble and throw on the run.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Instances)

Stafford has by no means been a lot of a scrambler. With the most effective passing arms within the NFL, he doesn’t should be. And he’s not going to vary now. The operating dimension that different quarterbacks deliver to their offenses makes it very troublesome for defensive coordinators. However groups can win Tremendous Bowls with each. Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs to the title within the 2019 season. Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, Stafford the Rams final season.

The Chargers have realized the onerous manner, discovering a very good kicker just isn’t straightforward. Why not signal “Dicker the Kicker?” The child has a powerful very correct leg. To this point hasn’t been fragile; our others are like glass.

Estefan San Martin, Carlsbad

Miller: The Chargers did signal Cameron Dicker to their energetic roster on Tuesday and positioned Dustin Hopkins on injured reserve. So, until he will get damage or his efficiency out of the blue goes sideways, Dicker would be the kicker for at the very least the following 4 video games.

Dangerous Charger teaching. Why didn’t Herbert hold from underneath his All-Professional middle at finish of half? How might they not cease Kelce with two fundamental Chiefs receivers out? How might they not plug off Mahomes’ run on the go rush (like Chiefs did to Herbert)? Dangerous Charger teaching is the explanation.

Invoice Jacobson, West Hollywood

Miller: To take these so as, 1) I feel you’re asking why Justin Herbert didn’t run a QB sneak on the finish of the half. Typically talking, that’s a name that he could make on the line of scrimmage based mostly on the look of the protection. Herbert apparently didn’t see sneaking there as a bonus. 2) Travis Kelce is on his technique to making his eighth consecutive Professional Bowl. Nobody can cease him. He’s a nightmare matchup for cornerbacks like Asante Samuel Jr., and you would query why that pairing occurred at instances Sunday. There’s worth in mixing coverages, however asking Kenneth Murray Jr. to cowl Kelce — which occurred on a play that resulted in a 34-yard acquire for the Chiefs — just isn’t preferrred. The Chargers maybe might have used Derwin James Jr. on Kelce extra Sunday, however James is handiest when he’s lining up everywhere in the discipline. 3) Justin Herbert can do lots of issues. However operating like Patrick Mahomes isn’t certainly one of them.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) turns upfield on a touchdown catch  against the Chargers.

Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce (87) leaves Asante Samuel Jr. (26) in his wake as he turns upfield on a landing catch towards the Chargers.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Instances)

Doesn’t seem that any of the defensive backs the Chargers both drafted or signed via free company have finished or are able to doing something worthwhile, so who’s accountable? Is all of it on [general manager Tom] Telesco or does Staley additionally bear accountability for the alternatives?

Alan Minton, Dallas

Miller: I’d argue Derwin James Jr. is fairly good. Asante Samuel Jr. has an opportunity to be excellent. Nonetheless too early to conclude that he’s incapable of doing something worthwhile. J.C. Jackson was a Professional Bowl decide final yr and didn’t have a lot of an opportunity to point out himself this season earlier than he acquired damage. In the end, Tom Telesco and Brandon Staley are most answerable for the development of this roster. Essentially the most disappointing factor concerning the 2022 Chargers for me has been the struggles of the protection general. We heard all offseason about how they’d added gamers with the expertise and physique sorts essential to reach this scheme. The outcomes via 10 video games have been wildly combined.

Do you’re feeling that the Chargers will waste one other future Corridor-of-Fame QB like they did with Dan Fouts, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and now Justin Herbert? Telesco frequently fails to construct a whole staff. The O-line has been an issue for nearly 10 years.

Harvey Smith, Dayton, Nevada

Miller: By “waste” I assume you imply not win a Tremendous Bowl. I’m going to take a optimistic method and say the Chargers will win an NFL title throughout Justin Herbert’s tenure. Solely as a result of I feel he’s that good and not one of the followers of this staff imagine it’s going to ever occur. Glad Holidays!!!