The LA Rams front office operates like a NASCAR pit team

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The LA Rams are ahead of the rest of the NFL in many ways, but one of the ways no one talks about is how they’ve streamlined their front office operations. What do I mean? Well, rather than filling unnecessary positional depth on the roster, the Rams organization seems to be operating on the just-in-time school of thought in terms of adding players.

What do I mean? Well, let’s review the team’s personnel moves in 2021. The LA Rams have seen the roster deplete at both running back and outside linebacker. Much to my chagrin, the team did not work the NFL waiver wire for a player who could work. Instead, the team traded two NFL draft picks to the New England Patriots for running back Sony Michel, a player everyone was convinced would work.

A similar story happened at outside linebacker when the team had to battle injuries to Justin Hollins, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Terrell Lewis until the team was on the brink. Then the team didn’t claim a player on the NFL’s waiver wire, but traded for All-Pro outside linebacker Von Miller from the Denver Broncos.

Either way, the team had plenty of opportunities to store depth on the roster as players began to succumb to injuries. Instead, the front office worked their magic and signed a player available to play when they needed it most.

Even now, there are areas of less than optimal depth on the Rams roster in my opinion. But rather than give up a promising young man to make room for an untested player, the Rams will wait, watch and be ready. There will come a time for the LA Rams front office to act once again. When that time came, they earned my trust to do the right thing.

You just have to get used to watching the team operate. They replenish the list quickly and efficiently. Watch a Nascar race, follow the pit stops and you’ll know what I mean.

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