Thursday, August 1, 2013

Training Camp Outlook: Offense

Training has just started for several days but the Rams are  installing a no-huddle offense which is almost similar to the current New Orleans Saints offense or the 1999-2003 Rams.
The no-huddle offense will utilize the speed of the receivers as well as the ability of Sam Bradford to do pre-snap adjustment. Offensive Specialist Tavon Austin will be the key for this offense as he can play both as a runningback or as a receiver to create mismatches.

Despite the upgrades that the front office has made, there are some areas that needed to be addressed.

Position Watch: Running Backs:
Of all the position units, the running back unit will be the most scrutinized unit in the offense. Since Steven Jackson left to join the Atlanta Falcons, the unit is very young and unproven that Coach Fisher might adapt the running back by committee approach. On paper, Daryl Richardson would be the starter because of his performance in relief of Jackson but he still raw. Isaiah Pead was last year's 2nd round pick but he has not live up to his draft status and to make matters worse he is suspended for the season opener because of substance abuse. Zac Stacy is power runner who has the potential to become an 3rd down back because he lead the SEC in rushing for 2 straight year. The remaining runningback spots are being contested by Terrence Ganaway and Benny Cunningham. 

Position Watch: Offensive Line:
Out of the Five Offensive line position, only the Left Guard position is still open with Chris Williams leading the competition. Shelley Smith is the other candidate to contest the position. Football experts are still skeptical of this unit because most of the starters are back from injuries AND the depth is a bit thin in terms of value.