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  • McVay needs a strong, STUBBORN OC!!!

    Today, the young genius looked outplayed at every turn. Sickening to be beaten so badly, and while I get that McVay is a strong personality with amazing recall, sometimes he can't get out of his own head DURING the game! McVay needs to have his playcalling checked in real-time, by someone he might actually listen to.

    Hell of a season, but that Superbowl game was one of the worst I have ever seen, pure garbage. There will be some roster changes we can't control, but we CAN help McVay, and a real OC should be part of that.

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    The offensive line got abused, which didn't help. Not having Gurley completely disrupted our attack. McVay needs to find a way to win without Gurley and play action.

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      Originally posted by DE_Ramfan View Post
      The offensive line got abused, which didn't help. Not having Gurley completely disrupted our attack. McVay needs to find a way to win without Gurley and play action.
      Actually the OL did what it was suppose to do according to McVay's over all scheme---just the scheme had too many "tells" and ran into the teeth of a disciplined Patriots defense. I thought a week ago the solution was screen plays because the Patriots know when to come all out and have a tendency to pace themselves for those moments--It was so obvious the Patriots would come with pressure at anything 3rd and 5+ that an inside handoff was the right call--but it was ever called

      Double TE formations with a weak side reverse played twice would have keep the Patriot defense honest--that wasn't called. And where the hell was the TE any way...it worked against the Saints.
      What the Patriots did was focus on the Rams/Bears game and used that as the foundation to play the Rams...almost play for play. All the Patriots had to do was disrupt the pass a little to give the secondary time to re-act to the ball--that's it. Gurley was a no show for much of the game--but even had he been central, the Patriots had a spy or a Robber shadowing Gurley to limit any passes thrown his way...the Patriots where willing to give up yards to the Rams' ground game, but where hell bent to stop the passing game. In an other post I said the Rams had to come at the Patriots with power and the game would come down to special teams....well

      Damn looks like I was right

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      • general counsel
        Leg and Countess both full participants: McVay says Gurley is 100%
        by general counsel
        ESPN reports that Leg and Countess were full participants at practice today and that McVay says Gurley is feeling 100%. The health of Gurley is the biggest variable in the entire game in my view. If he is truly 100% healthy and ready to go full speed, that makes a huge difference for the Rams, if for no other reason because it forces new england to have to defend multiple different challenges that CJ alone does not present.

        Ramming speed to all

        general counsel
        -02-01-2019, 06:10 PM
      • Nick
        Was Rams coach Sean McVay out of touch with use of Todd Gurley?
        by Nick
        Was Rams coach Sean McVay out of touch with use of Todd Gurley?
        By RICH HAMMOND | [email protected] | Orange County Register
        PUBLISHED: December 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm | UPDATED: December 11, 2017 at 7:37 pm

        THOUSAND OAKS — For all the good that Coach Sean McVay has brought to the Rams this year — an enormous amount — a persistent question remains. What’s going on with Todd Gurley’s usage?

        The Rams are 7-0 when Gurley touches the ball at least 20 times in a game, either on handoffs or receptions, and they’re 2-4 when he doesn’t reach that mark. Gurley had 16 touches for 135 yards on Sunday in the Rams’ loss to Philadelphia, which tied his lowest touch total of the season.

        That requires some context. The Rams ran only 45 offensive plays against the Eagles, so Gurley’s touches accounted for 35.6 percent of their offense, which is on par with his usage all season.
        Still, McVay’s usage of Gurley didn’t pass the eye test. Philadelphia entered the game with a superb run defense that had averaged only 3.5 yards allowed per attempt, but Gurley ran for 30 yards on the Rams’ second play and scored a touchdown on the next play. Gurley averaged 7.4 yards per rush attempt.

        Gurley and the Rams’ offensive line clearly could move the ball against the Eagles, but Gurley had only 13 carries (for 96 yards), while quarterback Jared Goff attempted 26 passes (and completed 16).

        “Any time we’re running the football like that, I’ve got to do a better job of making sure that he gets enough touches to get into the flow, especially when we’re getting some good movement,” McVay said during his Monday news conference at Cal Lutheran.

        “It is a delicate balance. At the end of the day, however you want to cut it, I’ve got to get him going and give him more opportunities, with the way he was running, and have a better feel for the flow of the game. That was something I didn’t think I did very well.”

        McVay also pointed out, correctly, quite fairly, that the low number of plays took the Rams out of sync, and credited the Eagles defense for doing a good job against the Rams’ first-down plays, particularly some of the play-action stuff that had been successful all season.

        McVay also talked about the need for run-pass balance, and at times, McVay seemed to stray too far.

        The Rams held a 35-34 lead with less than 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter when, on a first-and-10 play, McVay called a play-action pass. Eagles defensive end Chris Long sprinted around Rams tackle Darrell Williams, who had entered the game two plays earlier, and forced a Goff strip-sack fumble.

        Philadelphia went on to kick a go-ahead field goal, and after the game, McVay was forthright in saying that he should have called a better play. Perhaps the Rams should have kept the ball on the ground?

        It’s not as though the Rams have been ignoring Gurley. They’ve...
        -12-11-2017, 08:09 PM
      • Curly Horns
        Sean McVay made right call riding hot hand in C.J. Anderson over Todd Gurley
        by Curly Horns
        By: Andrew Ortenberg | 12 hours ago Follow @AndrewOball


        Sean McVay rightfully gets a ton of praise for his innovative offense and play design, as well as his gutsy situational calls like going for it on certain fourth downs. But the best decision he made Saturday night to help lead the Rams to their first playoff win in 14 years was keeping running back C.J. Anderson in the game ahead of Todd Gurley.

        Even though Gurley was healthy and running well in his own right, Anderson deserved all of the touches and playing time that he got. It’s not like many other positions, where being forced to split time could affect a player’s mentality. And running back is the one position where the hot hand should always be played.

        Anderson finished with 123 yards and two touchdowns, and ended up with 23 carries to Gurley’s 16. While the thought of giving a free agent who just signed weeks ago nearly even playing time with a multiple-time All-Pro who was recently given the largest contract for a running back in NFL history might seem absurd, it’s the latest in a long line of bold decisions McVay has made that turned out right.

        Anderson is competent in pass protection and picked up chunk yardage the entire night. His longest run went for 15 yards, which tells you all you need to know about how consistent he was to still average over 5 yards a carry. McVay also left him in during some of the most crucial situations, showing the confidence he has in the 27-year-old back after just a few weeks.

        It was Anderson who got the carry on fourth-and-goal with seven minutes left in the game, and he ran through contact at the line of scrimmage for the score that proved to be the difference in the game. It was also Anderson taking the final three handoffs of the game, and picking up the first down with just over a minute left that sealed the victory.

        If someone had told you a month ago that Anderson would be carrying the ball 23 times in a playoff game, you’d have thought something must have gone disastrously wrong. You’d probably have thought Gurley suffered a season-ending injury.

        Instead, everything has gone perfectly for the Rams backfield, and McVay handled the situation just as he should’ve. If Anderson continues his fantastic play next week in the NFC championship game, he should receive plenty of run in that one as well.
        -01-13-2019, 09:53 AM
      • Nick
        Sean McVay’s history shows Rams can’t afford to be pass-happy on offense
        by Nick
        Sean McVay’s history shows Rams can’t afford to be pass-happy on offense
        By RICH HAMMOND | [email protected] | Orange County Register
        PUBLISHED: August 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm | UPDATED: August 18, 2017 at 7:18 pm

        OAKLAND — Sean McVay is a quarterbacks guru who loves tight-end mismatches and now gets to game-plan with receiver Sammy Watkins. But don’t forget the Rams’ running backs. McVay should not.

        The Rams have Todd Gurley, who underachieved badly in 2016 but seems poised for a bounce-back season after a strong training camp. McVay, the Rams’ rookie coach and their play-caller, might be tempted to throw the ball a lot, but his recent history suggests that the ground game works.

        McVay’s second preseason game as a head coach takes place Saturday, when the Rams play at Oakland. Last week against Dallas, the Rams totaled 33 pass plays and 28 run plays.

        “When you put together any offensive system,” Rams running backs coach Skip Peete said this week, “you try to have some form of balance, with the run and the pass. When you go back and look at Coach’s history, as far as his time in Washington when he was calling plays, that’s what he did. There was a balance between the run and pass.”
        Sometimes, yes.

        McVay called plays last season as Washington’s offensive coordinator. In the team’s eight victories, it ran the ball on 47.2 percent of its plays. In seven losses, Washington ran on only 29.1 percent of its plays.

        Washington ran the ball more as the 2016 season progressed, but in total, the team passed on 61.6 percent of its plays, the seventh-highest average in the NFL last season. Washington averaged 24.8 points per game, only the 12th-highest average in the league.

        Will that change with the Rams? They have a second-year quarterback in Jared Goff, and they don’t know exactly what to expect from Gurley or from an offensive line that seems upgraded but struggled badly last season in pass and run blocking, as the Rams compiled some of the NFL’s worst offensive stats.

        The tendency, with a coach, quarterback and organization all attempting to make a good impression in Los Angeles, might be to sling the ball around the field, but that’s not always the most prudent plan. For instance, New England in 2016 averaged 34.4 pass attempts and 30.1 run attempts per game.

        “It’s hard to be a dominant offense if you’re not balanced,” Rams center John Sullivan said. “You have to make teams worry about both facets. Obviously, everybody loves seeing big-chunk plays and throwing the ball down the field, but the way you open that up sometimes is by running the ball effectively. One feeds off the other.”

        Sullivan should know. He spent most of last season in Washington as the backup center.

        Washington started last season 0-2, and in those games attempted 89 passes and only 29 runs. So astounding was the disparity that McVay...
        -08-19-2017, 04:41 PM
      • kman1521
        Mcvay play calling absolutely horrendous
        by kman1521
        Not only does he forget about running Gurley, he calls all these 7 step drop plays that take forever to develop whike bears are getting tons of pressure. Wheres the quick slants? Quick any pass!?!.. just awful playcalling..goff was awful too
        -12-09-2018, 09:11 PM
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