Rob Havenstein: Our mindset in the last two games hasn’t been the right one

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The Rams offensive line has been evolving throughout the 2022 season, starting five different combinations in the team’s first five games.

Generally, this is not the recipe for success. But Los Angeles pass protection has been a bad start to the year.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been sacked a league-high 21 times, including five times in Sunday’s 22-10 loss to the Cowboys.

On Monday, right tackle Rob Havenstein told reporters he initiated a players-only meeting for the offensive line after reviewing the footage from yesterday afternoon.

“It’s a mindset shift that we need to correct, that we need to address,” Havenstein said, via Gilbert Manzano of the Southern California News Group. “It comes down to a state of mind. Physical mistakes will happen, but our mindset in the last two games hasn’t been the right one. It’s something that we will address to practice.”

Havenstein added, “We just had a good chat and the guys are getting ready to go.”

With the retirement of former left tackle Andrew Whitworth, Havenstein is now the Rams’ veteran offensive line. Along with defensive tackle Aaron Donald, he is one of two players who have been with the team since the franchise was located in St. Louis, having joined the club as a second-round pick in 2015.

Time will tell if the players-only meeting produces results. The Rams host the Panthers on Sunday, and they come to town with an interim head coach in Steve Wilks and a defensive coordinator in Al Holcomb.

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