The Los Angeles Rams came into the 2022 season with some high expectations. They were the defending Super Bowl champions and many people thought they would once again compete for a championship this offseason. Based on some of their additions in the offseason, it was hard to bet against them.
Alas, things have not gone as planned. Los Angeles has been one of the biggest disappointments this season as they were officially eliminated from the postseason with their loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football in Week 15.
In the process of their disappointing season, the Rams set an unwanted NFL record. They are currently 5-11 on the season with one game to go against the Seattle Seahawks. Regardless of what happens in that game, they will own the record for most losses by a reigning Super Bowl champion.
A lot went wrong for the Rams to reach this point. The offensive line has struggled all season, leading to inconsistent performances offensively. Their running game has shown signs of life the last few weeks, but for the majority of the season, they were getting no production from the ground game.
That put a ton of pressure on Matthew Stafford, who was behind the eight-ball coming into the season because of a very limited offseason. Stafford was rehabbing an elbow injury, which kept him from throwing for most of the offseason program. That rust was evident throughout the season as he had no chemistry with anyone not named Cooper Kupp.
Injuries played a major part in their demise this season as well. Stafford, Kupp and big free agent signing Allen Robinson are all ending the season on IR. All-world defensive tackle Aaron Donald played in only 11 games.
Given how ownership and the front office went about building this team, there is no room for error. This is an expensive roster without the draft capital to fill the holes and round out the depth. They are going to have to get creative this offseason in addressing their needs or another losing season could be on the horizon.