Improve the Red Zone Offense
Regardless of how well you perform for your team, unless you win the Super Bowl every year, there is always room for improvement. Believe it or not, the red zone is where this offense could play a whole lot better. Last year, the Los Angeles Rams converted in the red zone only 58 percent of the time. For most offenses that number would be sufficient. However, when you’re considering the NFL’s highest scoring offense, that percentage is not even close to where it should be.
In most cases it’s the offense as a whole that could perform a lot better. However, quarterback Jared Goff started the season at a respectable 14 of 20 when passing inside the red zone. That’s a completion percentage of 70 percent. If you’re keeping track, that’s 12 percent better than their overall average. He would finish the season just under 50 percent. The argument is supported further by his six touchdown to zero interception ratio. Those numbers would lead one to believe that the running game needs to be more efficient inside the 20 yard line.
But don’t look at Todd Gurley. Last year, he boasted well over 2,000 yards from scrimmage, and scored 19 total touchdowns. The problem here is that after Gurley there just isn’t much depth. Not to mention the fact that the field gets smaller as you close in on the endzone. If McVay wants to see his team score more often then he has to spell his workhorse. Fresh legs in the red zone when the field gets smaller will equate to more touchdowns.
Here’s where the payoff comes into play for the Rams. Gurley is an incredible competitor that will stop at nothing to win. Furthermore as stated earlier, he’s already one of the leagues premier backs. And as time goes on he will only get better. As a temporary fix, the smart money is on Gurley to pick up the slack.