2018 NFC West Champ: Rams (Super Bowl Runner Up)
The *NFC Champion LA Rams went into the 2018 season with an all-star offensive line, an all-world RB (Todd Gurley), and Jared Goff who has benefited immensely from the addition of Sean McVay and the simplified offensive approach. The Rams offensive line performance rank (9th) and OL spending against the total cap (16%) shows an investment well made, but the loss to the (perceived to be) lesser talented New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII left many Rams faithful with a lot to desire to move into 2019.
Todd Gurley is still questionable with a knee injury (still a lot of speculation) and may require surgery before the 2019 season and could sideline him for a significant period of time. The Rams did not resign CJ Anderson for 2019 leaving question marks regarding how the Rams will handle potential Gurley is out for a substantial amount of time. The RB position in the Rams’ offense is the oil that allows it to operate smoothly. They rely on constraint plays, and play action pass and without a legitimate threat in the backfield the Rams will not be a candidate to return to the Super Bowl in 2019.
The Rams top five (total spend) offensive lineman returning in 2019 will cost them $28.5 mil.
As for the rest of the NFC West, the 2018 OL Spend Average (12%) with an average 21.75 OL performance ranking, and an average experience of 401 games best division in the league with the Rams as the top team in the league (508 games) . The Cardinals spent 2.6 million on their 2018 offensive line, and this resulted in 3 wins (worst in NFL), 26th in sacks given up (52), and 29th in the league in QB hits (109). The Cardinals had the worst rush offense in the NFL in 2018.
Current Rams OL on Roster Combined Player Rank
Top Five Paid OL On Current 2019 Roster