Sean McVay says edge rush help Rams’ main focus ahead of trade deadline
Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams may still be a perfect 8-0, but that doesn’t mean they’re just going to let the Tuesday trade deadline pass without at least trying to make some moves to improve the team.
Per Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, McVay said the team’s one “main” focus is to look for more help pass rushing off the edge, which has been one of their weak points this season.
The Rams currently rank eighth in the league with 22 sacks on the season. But that’s mostly due to their interior rushers, Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, who have accounted for 13 of those 22 sacks.
Samson Ekubam is the team’s only full-time outside linebacker who has recorded a sack this season with two.
The Rams have been linked with Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, who played under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips in Denver. Ray has just one sack and seven tackles in six games this season.
As the Rams’ perfect record through the first half of the season has shown, they are still good enough to overcome that particular weakness to their overall team. Suh and Donald are amazing players and are capable of providing consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks even when they don’t pick up sacks.
The Rams could still potentially win the Super Bowl this year even if they don’t get another reliable edge rusher. But if they are to go deep in the postseason, they’ll need as few weaknesses as possible, which means trying to find a potential solution to their edge pass rush problem.