How did the Rams get him on the road? Staley of magazines on skinny ice?

The Rams do not appear capable of “take it again” to a different Tremendous Bowl title like they proclaimed. In the meantime, the short-handed Chargers performed nicely in consecutive video games solely to lose. Their subsequent set of video games may decide whether or not they’ll be in a battle for a playoff spot. Rams beat out author Gary Klein and Chargers beat out author Jeff Miller to deal with fan issues and questions with seven weeks left within the common season.

When will you acknowledge that Joe Noteboom ($25 million) and the NOBODY line (nobody within the high 10 of their place) weren’t an instance of succession planning? On Day 1, just one offensive lineman, Allen, was rated within the high 20 at their place. Now that the 2 tackles are gone what ERA and would be the succession plan for the offensive line? Are you aware what prevents the quarterback from struggling a concussion?

James Douglas, Huntington Seashore

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

Feels like a plan. However like many plans, this one did not work out both. Bruss suffered a season-ending knee harm, Allen had a number of accidents, and Noteboom ultimately additionally suffered a season-ending Achilles harm. And backups educated in a number of positions suffered accidents or did not play nicely. The Rams will little question look to signal free-agent offensive linemen and recruit extra. 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 at all times been notoriously low cost when it got here to hiring coaches. Is that every one Brandon Staley is saving now as a result of she appears so out of attain for him?

Falco Mendenhall, Austin, Texas

Miller: I am undecided what “out of his depth” means, however no, that is not what Staley is saving proper now. This franchise traditionally makes no head teaching modifications through the season. So if possession decides to maneuver from Staley, I would not see that occur till after the season. Simply as a reminder, Staley is 14-13 to begin his head teaching profession. By their first 27 video games, Invoice Belichick was 11-16 and Invoice Walsh and Jimmy Johnson had been each 5-22.

Hasn’t Rams administration in committing a lot cash to comparatively few gamers left sufficient wage cap cash to place high-quality gamers within the many different offensive and defensive positions wanted to subject a constant winner? My query goes method past the evident holes within the offensive line. Second, this season’s high contenders seem to characteristic extremely cell quarterbacks who add an important dimension to their offenses. No hits on Stafford as his resume speaks for itself, however clearly reshuffling has by no means been his sturdy swimsuit, ideas?

Tom Goepel, Los Angeles

Small: The Rams are lengthy gone of the times of 2018 after they had a quarterback taking part in on a rookie contract and will encompass him with costly stars all around the subject. The NFL is a seasonal proposition. Fielding a constant winner means nothing if you happen to do not win the Tremendous Bowl. 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 large stretches. They signed receiver Allen Robinson to a market-wide deal and signed future Corridor of Fame linebacker Bobby Wagner to a staff pleasant deal. And Ramsey can be taking part in on an enormous contract.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford throws on the run under pressure from the 49ers defense.

Matthew Stafford throws underneath strain from the 49ers protection. The Rams quarterback is probably not a runner, however he can scramble and run.

(Allen J. Beatles / Los Angeles Occasions)

Stafford has by no means been a lot of a scrambler. With among the finest gun passes within the NFL, he would not should be. And he will not change now. The speeding dimension that different quarterbacks deliver to their offenses makes it very troublesome for defensive coordinators. However groups can win the Tremendous Bowl 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 realized the onerous method, discovering kicker is not straightforward. Why not signal “Dicker the Kicker?” The boy has a robust and really exact leg, thus far it has not been fragile; our others are like glass.

Estefan San Martin, Carlsbad

Miller: The Chargers signed Cameron Dicker to their lively roster on Tuesday and positioned Dustin Hopkins on injured reserve. So except he will get damage or his efficiency all of the sudden goes sideways, Dicker would be the kicker for a minimum of the following 4 video games.

Unhealthy loader coaching. Why did not Herbert maintain out from underneath his All-Professional heart on the finish of the half? How may they not cease Kelce with two Chiefs star receivers out? How may they not interrupt Mahomes’ run on the move rush (just like the Chiefs did with Herbert)? The reason being Charger’s unhealthy teaching.

Invoice Jacobson, West Hollywood

Miller: To take them so as, 1) I feel you are asking why Justin Herbert did not execute a QB sneak on the finish of the half. Typically, it is a name he could make on the line of scrimmage based mostly on the look of the protection. Apparently Herbert did not think about it a bonus to sneak in there. 2) Travis Kelce is on track for his eighth straight Professional Bowl. No one can cease him. It is a nightmarish matchup for cornerbacks like Asante Samuel Jr., and also you is likely to be questioning why that pairing generally occurred on Sunday. There’s worth in mixing covers, however asking Kenneth Murray Jr. to cowl for Kelce — which occurred on a play that resulted in a 34-yard acquire for the Chiefs — is not superb. The Chargers maybe may have used Derwin James Jr. on Kelce extra on Sunday, however James is simplest when he strains up all around the subject. 3) Justin Herbert can do many issues. However racing like Patrick Mahomes isn’t certainly one of them.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) returns 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 in opposition to the Chargers.

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Occasions)

It would not seem that any of the defenders the Chargers drafted or signed by free company did or are capable of do something worthwhile, so who’s accountable? Is all the things on? [general manager Tom] Is Telesco or additionally Staley liable for the alternatives?

Alan Minton, Dallas

Miller: I might say Durwin James Jr is fairly good. Asante Samuel Jr has the potential to be excellent. Nonetheless too early to conclude that he’s incapable of doing something helpful. JC Jackson was a Professional Bowl choose final yr and did not get a lot of an opportunity to indicate off this season earlier than getting damage. In the end, Tom Telesco and Brandon Staley are most liable for constructing this listing. Probably the most disappointing factor concerning the 2022 Chargers for me was the protection struggles usually. We heard all through the offseason how that they had added gamers with the expertise and physique kind wanted to reach this scheme. Outcomes from 10 video games had been wildly blended.

Do you suppose the Chargers will waste one other future Corridor of Fame QB like they did on Dan Fouts, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and now Justin Herbert? Telesco regularly fails to construct an entire staff. The O line has been an issue for nearly 10 years.

Harvey Smith, Dayton, Nevada

Miller: By “waste” I assume you imply not successful a Tremendous Bowl. I’ll take a optimistic method and say the Chargers will win an NFL title throughout Justin Herbert’s tenure. Simply because I feel he is so good and not one of the followers of this staff consider that can ever occur. Completely satisfied vacation!!!