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- A brilliant first defensive play call by the the Rams set an immediate tone for the game. The Rams anticipated that Kyle Shanahan might begin the game with a safe lateral throw. Their defensive play call almost resulted in a pick six and led to an early 7-0 lead – a lead that the Rams never relinquished. The 49ers were in chase mode the rest of the game.
- Rams HC Sean McVay, for the third straight week, called an excellent offensive game, utilizing their best offensive player, Todd Gurley, inside and outside. The Rams also did a superb job with their play clock management on offense; consistently getting out of huddles with plenty of time for QB Goff to ease into the play without being rushed.
- Even though the 49ers were in catch-up mode all game, Kyle Shanahan did an excellent job mixing run and pass and staying patient with the running game. Shanahan also did a fine job utilizing all of his personnel as he lost some key players.
- Through 3 weeks, both head coaches are showing promise managing games. Shanahan had some in-game missteps in Week 1, but has improved considerably as he learns his team, which really will be in roster-building mode all year. McVay, in HCR’s view, has done an excellent job from Week 1. Even though the opponent quality has been in the lower half of the league, one can see the Rams now play with a plan and are more disciplined, reflecting their new head coach’s game management style.