The Rams have a new head coach and they are trying to build their way back into the playoffs. The team is still in many ways just getting started but right now, things aren’t going according to plan for Sean McVay.
The “sean mcvay age” is a blog post about the Rams embarrassing loss to the Titans. The article discusses how Sean McVay’s plan B when things aren’t going his way has been unsuccessful.
Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams has been the hottest NFL coach in the past five years. In his four-plus seasons as the league’s youngest-ever head coach, he has compiled a spectacular 50-23 record, including a trip to the Super Bowl in 2018.
As remarkable as all of this is, a troubling trend has emerged over time. It began in that tragic Super Bowl, reappeared in Week 9’s Sunday Night Football defeat to the Tennessee Titans, and now threatens to derail the LA Rams’ bid for the championship.
Sean McVay was initially exposed by Bill Belichick in the 2018 Super Bowl.
Sean McVay led the Los Angeles Rams to a 13-3 regular-season record in his second season as head coach. After a bye in the Wild Card round, the Jared Goff-led Rams beat the Dallas Cowboys by 30 points, then beat the New Orleans Saints by 26 points to go to Super Bowl 53.
That’s where Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots met up with McVay and his crew.
The Rams averaged 32.9 points and 421.1 yards per game in the regular season heading into this encounter. With that type of weaponry, fans and commentators alike were eagerly anticipating the showdown between Tom Brady and McVay.
Belichick, unfortunately for those looking for a Super Sunday shootout, had other ideas.
Brady was suffocated by the Rams defense, who limited him to only 13 points. Belichick, on the other hand, fared even better.
Belichick’s defensive game plan against the Rams was a masterpiece, as the dynamic team was held to to three scores. For the most of the game, the NFL coach with the most Super Bowl victories used a six-man line with a zone behind it.
This defensive alignment eliminated the run and McVay’s preferred routes. This unexpected strategy had no response for the rookie head coach. Despite Tony Romo pleading with McVay to make changes on the nationally televised broadcast, McVay stood firm, and the consequence was a 10-point defeat in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history.
After the game, McVay simply said, “I was outcoached.”
This was McVay’s first time in front of a national television audience failing to counter another team’s counter. It wouldn’t, however, be the last.
On ‘Sunday Night Football,’ Mike Vrabel and the Tennessee Titans ate McVay and the Rams’ lunch.
McVay was once again outfoxed by a Super Bowl-winning Patriot: Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, less than three years after the notorious Belichick thrashing.
In Week 9 of the 2021 season, the Tennessee Titans and the Los Angeles Rams met on Sunday Night Football. Vrabel’s team had a 6-2 record, while McVay’s had a 7-1 record.
The first half of what was meant to be a heavyweight fight was already done. The Rams were unable to stop the Titans’ defensive line, which resulted in three sacks and two interceptions from quarterback Matt Stafford in the first half, including a pick six.
In the first half, McVay couldn’t figure out how to protect his quarterback, resulting in a 21-3 halftime deficit.
The Rams did make some adjustments in the second half. When Stafford dropped back, McVay was able to shift the pocket, which helped, but the Titans still had two more sacks. The Rams took their time when they finally put together several drives. Instead of switching to the two-minute offense, the offense chose to huddle until late in the fourth quarter. This tactic squandered too much time, resulting in the squad running out of time before mounting a genuine comeback.
McVay has again shown that he lacks a backup plan for when things don’t go as planned.
For the LA Rams, the halftime score decides the result.
Sean McVay | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/Sean McVay .
Sean McVay isn’t a horrible coach, and he’s not on the hot seat. He’s still one of the top offensive minds in the game, and his offense is typically quite effective.
The Los Angeles Rams are also almost invincible when things are going smoothly. McVay’s illustrious track record while leading at halftime exemplifies this wonderfully. McVay’s squad is 43-0 while leading at halftime. It’s an issue when they’re down. When they don’t win after two quarters, the coach’s record is now 7-23.
This basic figure reveals McVay’s fundamental issue.
His offense and teams are both outstanding. They know how to take and hold a lead, which is something that not every NFL team can accomplish. When it doesn’t happen — as the Patriots and Titans demonstrated — McVay lacks the ability to make the required changes to get the team back on track.
It’s not a question of football knowledge. McVay is a football genius and a coach’s dream come true. It seems that the issue is his adamant reluctance to abandon his bread and butter offensive, yet this is most likely where he gets caught up.
McVay is Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and his 2-3 zone, to use a college basketball example. It’s a superb system that works flawlessly until the game begins. Boeheim, on the other hand, is adamant about sticking to his guns. That’s why he only has one NCAA championship.
McVay has to demonstrate greater flexibility and adaptability, or he’ll be condemned to be the coach that everyone admires but who never gets the job done. Or, much worse, never completes it.
Pro Football Reference provided all stats.
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