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  • The Sean McVay Culture Change

    It's early, but the effect Sean McVay has had on one of the worst NFL teams in 2016, is absolutely striking. He came in saying he wanted to change the culture, and he has, in spades. From key personnel changes and sound decisions, to an attitude shift, to an emphasis on teamwork, preparedness, and execution, he's put his stamp on the Rams, with results that are sometimes hard to believe. Not only stats, but confidence level, and the ability to handle adversity.

    Again, it's only 4 games into the season, and we've had the rug pulled out from under us for decades, but I think the Rams future looks bright with Sean McVay.


  • #2
    There are differing views regarding Stan Kroenke's passion, or lack thereof, for the Rams. However, if he hands the reigns over to qualified leaders and gives them the resources to build a winner, I suppose in the end that's all that matters.

    The early reviews on McVay suggest that the Rams chose the right leader for this team. I'm excited to see what the future holds.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
      It's early, but the effect Sean McVay has had on one of the worst NFL teams in 2016, is absolutely striking. He came in saying he wanted to change the culture, and he has, in spades. From key personnel changes and sound decisions, to an attitude shift, to an emphasis on teamwork, preparedness, and execution, he's put his stamp on the Rams, with results that are sometimes hard to believe. Not only stats, but confidence level, and the ability to handle adversity.

      Again, it's only 4 games into the season, and we've had the rug pulled out from under us for decades, but I think the Rams future looks bright with Sean McVay.
      yes mike.........I readily accepted Linehan, Spags and Fisher. After those 8-9 years of misery I was reticent to put my chips all in on another unproven HC guy like Spags and Linehan. I was slowly convinced over the summer and approach but still was waiting to see what the product looked like on the field. Well........

      This team is night and day from the absolute crap we saw over the last decade. This young man has created winning mentality....players believe in themselves and the direction. The season is 25% done so long way to go. But I don't feel doom when we are behind anymore like I did under those other guys. The Cowboys had won 8 straight at home and we beat them! Two road games in a row. Halftime adjustments. Players stepping up. key additions to the offensive line, a long and painful issue for us. I am not saying we are there yet but we are somewhere positive we have not been in a long time and for this long time beleaguered Ram fan, it feels very good

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      • #4
        I think one of the major effects of bringing McVay on was the opportunity to allow the younger, "next-gen" leaders to speak up and take leadership roles. The Fisher regime had a strong, systemic culture of lackadaiscal aloofness, subpar communication, and no strong sense of passion or desire to win. The veterans that he loved the most also happened to be the guys that also pushed this culture in the locker room (surprise, surprise), and I'm sure it was hard on the younger guys who wanted to win and get better to actually step up. Realistically, the rookies and younger players had to buy into this BS culture or shut their mouths.

        I am very happy that Fisher left at the time that he did. I think it was most timely. Any longer and players like Goff, Gurley, Havenstein, Donald, Brockers, etc., would either become another Fisher puppet or would have soured on the Rams. Any sooner and we may have potentially replaced Fisher with an alternative that may not have provided any drastic changes.

        This was very timey indeed.

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        • #5
          Mike, you're so right about the impact McVay has had on the team. To me the evidence was plainly clear when I saw him sitting on the cooler during the ***** game. That told me he's not going to pontificate, but rather lead by example and work as hard as he expects the players to work. As both you and AV say, the Rams hired the right guy. On to the Squawks.

          Go Rams!

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          • #6
            I love the way this team is going but I will pick up on the the one note Mike had about the fact that’s it’s still early in the season to be crowning men. I will wait and see and be very very content in the new direction our horned heroes are going in.

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            • #7
              The thing I've liked the most so far is play calling. As the chemistry grows between the players with each other and between McVay and the players the Rams indeed could be in for some exciting football again.
              :helmet:

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RockinRam View Post
                I am very happy that Fisher left at the time that he did. I think it was most timely. Any longer and players like Goff, Gurley, Havenstein, Donald, Brockers, etc., would either become another Fisher puppet or would have soured on the Rams. Any sooner and we may have potentially replaced Fisher with an alternative that may not have provided any drastic changes.

                This was very timey indeed.
                It's amazing how it all worked out to land McVay. Fisher was going to be with the Rams through the move. I think that was predetermined. But then we have the unexpected drafting of Goff, fisher getting fired, and McVay becoming the new sought after offensive genius. Any delay at all by the Rams and the whiners hire McVay. Akin to the mistake they made years ago with Walsh. It all timed out perfectly!



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RamDez View Post
                  I love the way this team is going but I will pick up on the the one note Mike had about the fact that’s it’s still early in the season to be crowning men. I will wait and see and be very very content in the new direction our horned heroes are going in.
                  Based soley on how the Rams defense turned things around in the 2nd half against Dallas, I think the players can believe in the scheme and themselves to a depth that wasn't possible under the prior regime. I hope the team has leaped a hurdle that will enable them to claw back whatever the situation. I would love to hear what McVay and Phillips said at half-time to rally our team.
                  “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”

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                  • #10
                    Nearly every coach wants to 'change the culture" when they take over a losing team and put their own blueprint on things. The Rams situation is no different. When you make a coaching change, you usually select a candidate who reflects the opposite of what had been in place- young vs old, offensive guy vs defensive guy, disciplinarian vs more relaxed type, etc.. In hiring McVay, the Rams selected someone who represented a shift in the way things had been done for several years. the Rams went stagnant in years 3 and 4 of the Jeff Fisher tenure before bottoming out in year five.

                    One can't argue with the early returns in 2017. McVay exudes an air of confidence, has thus far worked wonders with an offense which had been positively dreadful and displays a maturity beyond his years. As Mike pointed out, it is way to early to make a definitive statement on McVay or this organization ( a three game losing streak has a way of making people forget their starry-eyed assessments of someone), but if the first 4 games are any indicator, it certainly looks like the Rams made the right hire.

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                    • #11
                      Fisher was not the guy to get the franchise over the hump for a number of reasons. Main reasons were his lack of technical qualifications to create and implement a contemporary NFL offense, and his "veteran's lounge", "win one for the f***ing Gipper" approach to motivation and culture. I loved the announcer saying that Fisher wanted Gurley to be his Eddie George, and McVay wants him to be his Marshall Faulk. The big thing to me is that McVay is a technical expert in contemporary NFL offense. It's a different era than when Fisher learned all his testosterone-dipped anecdotes that he relied upon as a coaching philosophy. NFL offense is high tech now. Having Fisher run it, was like asking your grandfather build a website for you. Better to ask your teenager.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
                        ( a three game losing streak has a way of making people forget their starry-eyed assessments of someone)
                        NJ, you make a great point that occurred to me after my post yesterday in this thread. Most of us are very giddy about the Dallas win and the others prior to that too. Plus we have seen the rebound of Todd Gurley to his rookie year form and better as he's become a receiving threat as well. Most of all we're seeing the emergence of Jared Goff as a potential franchise QB, which was the belief when we drafted him. The icing on the cake is also the acquisition of Sammy Watkins and the drafting of Cooper Kupp.

                        The question that needs to be answered is how McVay will respond to adversity. As you say there will be a multi-game losing streak or an injury to key player. Hopefully it will go well. We'll see.

                        Go Rams!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Seacone View Post
                          Fisher was not the guy to get the franchise over the hump for a number of reasons. Main reasons were his lack of technical qualifications to create and implement a contemporary NFL offense, and his "veteran's lounge", "win one for the f***ing Gipper" approach to motivation and culture. I loved the announcer saying that Fisher wanted Gurley to be his Eddie George, and McVay wants him to be his Marshall Faulk. The big thing to me is that McVay is a technical expert in contemporary NFL offense. It's a different era than when Fisher learned all his testosterone-dipped anecdotes that he relied upon as a coaching philosophy. NFL offense is high tech now. Having Fisher run it, was like asking your grandfather build a website for you. Better to ask your teenager.
                          Can't disagree with what you said and like the appropriate analogy of "asking one's grandfather to build them a website". Problem is that it would have been tough firing Fisher after having a couple of 7-9/6-10 seasons with the likes of Case Keenum and Kellen Clemens running things. It took a 4-12 bottoming out after a 3-1 start to validate giving him the ax.

                          It's OK if offense isn't your strength as the head coach, but if that's the case, you must hire someone who is progressive-minded and compensates for your lack of vision. Fisher didn't do so, and it rightfully cost him his job..

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post

                            The question that needs to be answered is how McVay will respond to adversity. As you say there will be a multi-game losing streak or an injury to key player. Hopefully it will go well. We'll see.

                            Go Rams!
                            Man, McVay can't get a break here. I would consider the first half of the Dallas game adversity. Him and his staff (and the players) responded quite well.
                            “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”

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                            • #15
                              There's just something about McVay. I noticed it at his first presser after he was hired. Everyone that is close to him will say the same.

                              I have no doubts that we have the next greatest head coach. My only fear, and I said this from the start, is that he could get burnt out on coaching at a young age.

                              At first I was getting frustrated at other Rams fans for not buying in. Even now some are starting to buy in, but they are still not off the fence. I guess I can't really blame them. That's what years of losing does to a fan base.

                              Take the Chicago Cubs for example. How many Cubs fans expected something to go wrong last season? I would venture to guess a very large percentage.

                              I know everyone is different but I would rather get the rug swept out from under me than get splinters in my ass from sitting on the fence for too long. It's just more exciting that way. As far as I'm concerned the slipper fits.

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                                THOUSAND OAKS — It’s a tradition on almost every team. Show up to camp, collect your T-shirt with the catchy, coach-speak slogan on the back and attempt to minimize the eye-rolling.

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                                “Everyone was at full attention,” McVay said. “Guys were locked in. They were engaged. They were ready to go. I think it was definitely the way we wanted it to come off, as a coaching staff. Right now, it’s about building relationships with these guys.”

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                              • KoaKoi
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                                Something about McVay that I thought was pretty cool. I like how he's approaching this, even if he's stealing it straight from another coach.

                                I was at the Cowboy preseason game, but didn't notice it. Apparently, Robert Quinn did his fist in the air thing during the national anthem. His response to why was some convoluted garble about ancestors. I'll let you look it up if you're interested in his response. That's not the reason I created this post.

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                                “Certainly guys are entitled to their opinions but the guys that have done some demonstration definitely communicated that to us. But we have a lot of respect as an organization for what that national anthem represents and I think you see the alignment in the organization that we try to show before the kickoff. And that’s a credit to what they had done here before.”


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                                “I’ve got to be better for our football team, but this loss is on me,” McVay said postgame. “I didn’t do nearly a good enough job for us today and I trust that we’ll respond the right way.”

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                                “I’ll tell you this, when I’m looking at it in terms of some of the intent, what we were trying to do with a lot of things, I know this — I did not put our guys in good spots and that’s something that I have to better within the framework of my role and what I can control,” McVay said.

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                                Will all this work? Who knows, but I have to say that its nice to be able to look at an approach and discern the logic behind it. I often did not feel that way when it came to personnel moves under Jeff Fisher. McVay seems to be a man with a plan.
                                -04-13-2017, 08:24 AM
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