Burnt by the Todd Gurley contract, the Rams wanted to move away from the working ponytail model and incorporate something more like the 49ers use – a multifaceted three-headed monster who never relies on one man to carry the load.
The problem with this approach is this: Rookie Cam Akers is by far the best option for Rams.
Yet even after Akers gained 171 rushing yards on Thursday night, coach Sean McVay paused before declaring him the No.1 tailback.
“I think you still want to be able to use these guys,” McVay told reporters on Friday. “I think Malcolm [Brown] and Darrell [Henderson] are both very valuable parts of what we do. It was Cam’s night last night. I think Cam is capable of that, but as far as the way we go, I think what’s important for us is to capitalize on all the different playmakers that we have.
“Certainly Cam did a great job last night, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see opportunities for Darrell and Malcolm as these two players have done a lot of really good things that have contributed to our success. team. So [I’m] very happy. I think we know Cam is capable of that, but to say that we would engage in that approach, I don’t necessarily think that’s exactly what we’re thinking of. I think we are really happy with Cam and not that surprised.
Akers, who missed a few games with a rib cartilage injury, has clearly emerged as the preferred option over the past three weeks. Maybe McVay just doesn’t want to mess things up by declaring Akers the guy, considering their last guy hasn’t been the guy for so long, due to a knee issue dating back to college.
Either way, Akers gives the Rams the identity they need offensively. Coupled with a stifling defense, the Rams have the formula in place for successful football in January, and they could be on a collision course for a rematch with the Saints in the NFC Championship, two years after one of the worst results. most controversial playoffs in league history. .