The LA Rams front office works like a NASCAR pit crew

The LA Rams lead the rest of the NFL in many ways, but one of the ways that is out of the question is how they have streamlined their front office operations. What do I mean? Well, instead of putting unnecessary positional depth on the roster, the Rams organization seems to be running a just-in-time school of thought in terms of adding players.

What do I mean? Well, let’s go back to the team’s staff moves in 2021. The LA Rams have seen the roster run out in both the running back position and the outside linebacker position. Much to my regret, the team did not make the NFL waiver wire for a player who could work. Instead, the team traded two NFL Draft picks with the New England Patriots for running back to Sony Michel, a player everyone is confident will work.

A similar story happened in the outside linebacker position when the team had to fight injuries to Justin Hollins, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, and Terrell Lewis until the team was on the brink. Then, the team did not claim a player from the NFL waiver wire but traded for All-Pro outside linebacker Von Miller from the Denver Broncos.

In both cases, the team had ample opportunity to store depth in the roster as players began to succumb to injury. Instead, the front office did its magic and signed a player to have it available to play in times of greatest need.

Even today, there are areas of less than optimal depth on the Rams roster in my opinion. But instead of turning away from a promising young man to make room for an untested player, the Rams will wait, watch, and be ready to stand. The time will come for the LA Rams front office to act again. When that time came, they had earned my confidence to do the right thing.

It just takes some time to get used to watching the team work. They restock the roster quickly and effectively. Watch Nascar races, follow the pitstops, and you’ll see what I mean.

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