Fans in the state of Missouri are learning quickly that if an offensive line is hampered by injuries and players are shuffled around to different positions, the offense will struggle. (See Mizzou vs. two SEC opponents and the Rams vs. Chicago last Sunday).
For the third time in as many games, there was a different starting offensive line for the Rams. Against the Bears, Wayne Hunter started at left tackle for the injured Rodger Saffold. After center Scott Wells was lost for at least half of the season to a foot injury, Robert Turner moved from left guard to center. The Rams added Quinn Ojinnaka, a guy they cut in the final round of roster moves and was placed as the started at left guard in week 2.
Quarterback Sam Bradford saw the effect of those moves as the Bears dropped him six times. Earlier in the week, head coach Jeff Fisher remained optimistic.
“We are going to continue to work with them,” Fisher said. “We are going to have another week to work together and we’ll continue to do the same things we have been doing with these guys. You coach them up; you get them in positions where they can be successful. And then you have got to adjust. We did make some adjustments at times yesterday that we thought were the correct ones but it’s a very talented defense, a very talented defense. At times, we were just put in position where we were just outmatched up front.”