Offseason additions vs departures
Of all the arguments for the Rams’ ranking to drop, this is probably the most credible reason. The Rams didn’t lose a ton of talent during the offseason since most of the core players are locked in. However, they didn’t exactly improve on paper either.
The Rams lost Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan. That’s two starters on the offensive line and are replacing them likely with unproven talent. Saffold in general will be missed. Sullivan is a bit easier to replace considering he is past his prime. The likely replacements are Joseph Noteboom and Brian Allen, which are both unproven talents. So to rank them is a bit challenging, especially since both weren’t high draft picks either.
Despite signing an aging Eric Weddle, the Rams did upgrade considering they will move John Johnson to his natural position at free safety and Lamarcus Joyner is gone to the Oakland Raiders. Joyner is talented, but did struggle last season. The Rams did try to address the linebacker corps too by bringing back Dante Fowler and signing Clay Matthews. Both are really just a band-aid at the moment. The Rams parted ways with Mark Barron, and are likely going to have a committee at his starting spot. Micah Kiser is a guy they are hoping to have a big season from.