As teams have aimed to shut down the St. Louis Rams‘ feature back Zac Stacy, the offense has been rendered useless. Obviously, Kellen Clemens can not succeed without the run game doing the majority of the work. If it wasn’t for Tavon Austin‘s 56-yard run on Sunday, the Rams might have never found the end zone. Austin has been the only Ram to turn in an exciting play in recent weeks.
Even though he has led the Rams in plays over 50 yards this season, Austin is struggling to get enough touches. Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer was under fire early in the season for his lack of creativity and misuse of the offensive weapons. It has been more of the same in recent weeks as Austin is averaging about three touches a game. That is not enough when he is supposed to be a game-changing receiver/runner.
If you want someone to be a difference-maker, you get the ball into their hands as many times and in as many ways as you possibly can to give them chances to do just that.
You would expect Austin to get the ball in every way possible with Stacy being limited to 97 yards and one touchdown over the last two games. Instead, he has five catches for 34 yards and two rushing attempts for 66 yards. When an offense is struggling to pick up yards, it should give the ball to the player that can make people miss.
Austin has four offensive plays for over 50 yards and five touchdowns. His 56-yard run against the Arizona Cardinals was one of his most impressive plays to watch this season. He made defenders miss with shakes and jukes, only to get caught from behind while trying to find a hole to the end zone. That run was also the only play over 40 yards for the Rams on Sunday, with the next longest plays being 31 and 21 yard receptions.
Honestly, how can St. Louis not want to get him the ball at least once every drive?