The Los Angeles Rams have been stricken with injuries this season, resulting in a 3-9 record.
Not only has this record underwhelmed their preseason expectations, but this season is historically bad.
3-9 is the worst start for a reigning Super Bowl champion in NFL history pic.twitter.com/DiPM7DsnK9
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) December 5, 2022
Before the Rams, the prior worst season by a reigning Super Bowl champion was in 1969, when the Green Packers had a 6-7-1 record.
Factors Leading To The Rams Demise
As previously mentioned, injuries have indeed plagued this Rams team.
Their top receiver, Cooper Kupp, suffered a season-ending knee injury on November 15.
Their quarterback, Matthew Stafford, is likely out for the season after suffering a concussion and has since been found to have a contusion of his spinal cord.
Not to mention, the Rams have lost six offensive linemen, along with multiple members of their defense.
They have experienced a Super Bowl hangover.
One question remains about the Rams, and what it takes to win a Super Bowl.
Is going all-in worth it?
Yes, the Rams won the Super Bowl in the 2021 season.
However, in doing so, they put themselves into a deep hole for many seasons to come.
Looking ahead to just the 2023 season, the Rams hold their second, third, fifth, and seventh-round picks.
In 2024, they do have all of their draft picks, which is a definite positive.
However, by doling out large contracts to players such as Aaron Donald, Cooper Kupp, and Matthew Stafford, it will be tough for them to sign any free agents in the offseason.
The Rams may be in trouble for the foreseeable future, especially with their division rivals only getting better.