A little more than two decades ago, NFL fans witnessed the Los Angeles Rams' historic offensive run between the 1999 and 2001 seasons. Pay attention because we could see the beginning of another incredible scoring period for the franchise.
The Rams' "Greatest Show On Turf" offense helped the team win its first Super Bowl at the conclusion of the 1999 campaign and holds the franchise record for most points (540) in a single season (2000).
In 1999, Mike Martz took over the offensive coordinator position and then replaced former head coach Dick Vermeil, who briefly retired after the Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV. Martz turned Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Az-Zahir Hakim and Ricky Proehl into components of a well-balanced offensive machine.
Head coach Sean McVay doesn't use the Air Coryell scheme like Martz, though his West Coast Offense can pose a threat to the Greatest Show On Turf's franchise scoring record.
Martz had Hall of Famers in Warner, Faulk, Bruce and left tackle Orlando Pace, but don't discount the Rams' current offense with its core skill players, all of whom are still under the age of 30.
Of course, quarterback Matthew Stafford sets the table with his big arm and ability to stretch the field with accuracy. In 2021, he averaged 287.4 passing yards per game and tied his career high in completion percentage (67.2) for a single season.
Similar to Warner 23 years ago, Stafford elevated the Rams offense, which justified the team's decision to acquire him from the Detroit Lions in a trade that involved its No. 1 overall pick from the 2016 draft, quarterback Jared Goff, and two first-round picks.
In terms of age, Stafford is further along than Warner, the latter of whom led the Rams' iconic offense between 28 and 30 years old, but the former showed that he can still rack up big numbers as a high-volume passer.