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    McVay: “This Loss is On Me"
    Myles Simmons

    CHICAGO — This was not the Rams night.

    This was a night where Los Angeles had only 214 yards of offense. Only 14 first downs. Only six points.

    A night where quarterback Jared Goff threw four interceptions, setting an ignominious single-game career high. Prior to this night, he’d only ever thrown at most two picks in a game as a pro.

    And this was also a night where head coach Sean McVay took responsibility for all of it.

    “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.”

    This is something McVay has done for each of the Rams’ regular-season losses since he took over as head coach last year. But this was as self-critical as McVay has ever been — likely because this was as ineffective as the offense has been in his tenure.

    “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.

    Indeed, this is the only time since the start of the 2017 season that Los Angeles has failed to score an offensive touchdown in a game. In fact, according to ESPN Stats and Info, this is only the second time in McVay’s 79 games as an offensive coordinator or head coach that his offense didn’t put the ball in the end zone.

    And that’s part of what makes the numbers look so odd for this particular contest.

    “I’d like to say no,” McVay replied when asked if he’d imagined there would be a game where his offense didn’t score a touchdown, “but certainly this is a humbling league and either you learn from it — you’d love to play consistently well week in and week out, but tonight was a humbling experience certainly for me as a coach and for our football team, but I do trust that we will respond the right way.”

    But even with McVay’s self-criticism, players didn’t simply let themselves off the hook — particularly Goff.

    “We definitely appreciate when he does that, but we need to be better and that’s the bottom line,” said Goff, who finished 20-of-44 passing for just 180 yards. “We are the ones on the field, we’re executing, need to make the plays, just need to do a lot of things better and we will.”

    McVay often notes that he’s so self-critical because it’s what he and the rest of the coaching staff asks the players to do. And based on cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman’s postgame comments, that approach seems to be working.

    “You just got to go home, look yourself in the mirror … and ask yourself, ‘Did I do everything that I [was] supposed to? Did I give all the effort that I was supposed to? Did I go out there and do what I needed to do schematically to win that game?’” Robey-Coleman said. “Then move on from there and that’s sometimes the hardest part is moving on, but guess what? We got to.”

    So in a nutshell, the Rams have work to do — a lot of work to do. They know that. But they have clinched the division, and that means we know they’ll have an opportunity to compete for a championship.

    But there’s still more to accomplish in the regular season. And because of that, McVay seemed like he was very ready to get back to work to compete against the Eagles next week at home.

    “Certainly a humbling night, but it’s one that you get a chance to look at yourself critically, find a way to get better, move forward accordingly, and that’s exactly what we are going to do,” McVay said. “That’s all I know how to do.”

  • #2
    Ok McVay, its nice to hear you take some blame, but I want to see game adjustments from you more oftern...when they are getting that much pressure , stop the 7 step drops that take forever to develop and do some quick slants, bubbles, jet sweeps..I love that one play when Goff does a really quick 3 step play action and immediately throws it down the seam..I haven't seen that in weeks! do we ever do draw plays? I feel like that's a good run play for pressure, gaps open up when guys pin their ears back for the QB..


    • #3
      He had plenty of company. I appreciate McVay's candor- another trait which makes him a good coach and one that guys want to play for. As always, one will truly see if the team has in fact learned its lesson when watching them in similar circumstances or whether this is lip service. Will a more concentrated effort be made to get Gurley going? Will we be more judicious with our timeouts? Based on McVay's track record, I'm confident we will see improvement, as we have after prior losses and poor performances.
      Last edited by NJ Ramsfan1; -12-11-2018, 05:12 AM.


      • #4
        There was plenty of blame to go around on Sunday Night, but the buck stops at the top, and McVay failed big time. He prepares the players, he calls the plays, and he's responsible for in-game adjustments, and in all those areas, he fell flat. No other way to spin it. On offense, that game was a complete disaster. The disturbing thing for me, was the decision to continually try and force the ball downfield in the face intense pressure all night. Goff was struggling, the OL was struggling, and Gurley never really got a chance, and I didn't see much from McVay to help his players, or counter what Chicago was doing on defense. And let's be honest, the Detroit game hinted at some problems on offense, but things only got worse against the Bears. Wake-up call is an understatement.

        That said, I have every confidence McVay will right the ship, get the offense back on track, and have his team prepared to finish the season strong.


        • #5
          Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
          He had plenty of company. I appreciate McVay's candor- another trait which makes him a good coach and one that guys want to play for. As always, one will truly see if the team has in fact learned its lesson when watching them in similar circumstances or whether this is lip service. Will a more concentrated effort be made to get Gurley going? Will we be more judicious with our timeouts? Based on McVay's track record, I'm confident we will see improvement, as we have after prior losses and poor performances.
          From your mouth to Goff's ears. Corny, but I couldn't resist. We have 3 games left to right the ship and I believe we will. We've accomplished too much this season to drop off at the end. Now that the defense has "come to play" that will inspire the offense, hopefully.

          Go Rams!


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