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Do LA Rams need a bonafide franchise left tackle?

November 28, 2022 04:07PM
Do the LA Rams need a bonafide franchise left tackle?

[ramblinfan.com]

by Bret Stuter

Do the LA Rams need a bonafide franchise left tackle?
by Bret Stuter

The retirement of venerable veteran offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth was about more than just another NFL offensive lineman retirement. It marked the closing chapter of one of the NFL’s standout blindside protectors. Over the course of his 16-season NFL career, Whitworth competed in 239 regular season games and started 235 of those. He also started 15 NFL playoff games over his career.

NFL Champions all have several outstanding players in key positions as the common element. Those positions are quarterback, pass rusher, blind side blocker, shut down cornerback, and wide receiver. While the talent level of other positions on those championship teams can vary from team to team if those five positions are covered and that team remains healthy, that NFL team has a good chance to enjoy a great season.

So the question now is, do the LA Rams truly have a franchise blind-side offensive tackle?

This season, the LA Rams had started multiple players at left tackle. So how did they do?

Name Snaps Penalties Sacks allowed
Joe Noteboom 325 3 5
Alaric Jackson 166 2 1
Ty Nsekhe 92 3 0
Bobby Evans 41 0 2
A.J. Arcuri 54 0 0
Joe Noteboom started the season at left tackle, but he clearly struggled in the role. But have the Rams played anyone at left tackle who warrants the moniker of a franchise left tackle? I’m not so sure.

Make blindside blocker the top priority

Rather than blow up the entire offensive line roster, perhaps the secret is to target specific roster spots where an upgrade can make the biggest impact. If that is the case, then why not target an outstanding veteran or rookie offensive tackle who can fill that role?

Whether or not you believe he is on the Rams roster or not, it makes sense for this team to throw an investment into the left tackle. The Rams could return Joe Noteboom to an offensive guard role that he seemed to play well enough in 2020. And the Rams do have Max Pircher, Alaric Jackson, and even A.J. Arcuri who could compete to start at left tackle next season.

But the Rams need to get it right, and not have any guesswork about it. The entire offense starts with the offensive line. And the entire offensive line starts with a franchise blindside blocker. Is any such player on the Rams roster right now? In my mind, finding that player is a top priority for the Rams from now through the end of the season. And if now prospect surfaces, that player becomes a top priority from either the NFL Free Agency market or the 2023 NFL Draft.
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  Do LA Rams need a bonafide franchise left tackle?

Rams43355November 28, 2022 04:07PM

  Re: Do LA Rams need a bonafide franchise left tackle?

BigGame81159November 28, 2022 04:16PM

  With BG.

alyoshamucci251November 28, 2022 05:34PM

  I think counting on Noteboom would be a mistake..

sstrams109November 28, 2022 04:17PM

  I think Jackson already jumped him on the depth chart

Rampage2K-121November 28, 2022 06:44PM

  Re: I think Jackson already jumped him on the depth chart

ramBRO136November 28, 2022 06:57PM

  Re: I think Jackson already jumped him on the depth chart

Rampage2K-160November 28, 2022 08:09PM

  Noteboom is very close to being a bust....a big one to boot....

roman18136November 29, 2022 04:33AM

  Re: Noteboom is very close to being a bust....a big one to boot....

Ramstien80November 29, 2022 04:35AM

  I think left guard is the biggest need.

Ram_Ruler82November 29, 2022 03:37AM

  that's the spot that could have the biggest ripple effect

LMU9398November 29, 2022 03:45AM

  Whitworth was SO much more than just a top notch LT.....

roman1869November 29, 2022 04:29AM

  Re: Whitworth was SO much more than just a top notch LT.....

Ramstien143November 29, 2022 04:33AM

  Re: Whitworth was SO much more than just a top notch LT.....

Old Goat222November 29, 2022 09:03AM

  I want us to go after ALL positions on the O line, ASAP!

Ramgator71November 29, 2022 04:44AM

  Re: I want us to go after ALL positions on the O line, ASAP!

chico n da rams193November 29, 2022 05:58AM

  It hasn't though

Ram_Ruler153November 29, 2022 06:24AM

  some 2023 free agent OL

LMU9388November 29, 2022 06:34AM

  Like upgrade at left tackle and center - Bradbury very nice

ferragamo79112November 29, 2022 07:11AM

  Re: Like upgrade at left tackle and center - Bradbury very nice

Rams43169November 29, 2022 07:17AM

  Though Not A 2023 FA, I Believe That Houston Will Move Tunsil

ramBRO75November 29, 2022 08:40AM