Sean McVay (Saints at Rams)
Rams Head Coach Sean McVay is doing such a good job that we are well past talking about their ‘potential’ – the Rams are here now, and they are a legitimate Super Bowl contender because McVay continues to perform well. And we don’t even want to mention his age, because, well, it’s irrelevant. He’s simply a very good coach, and on the way to showing he’s a great coach.
This was the marquee game of the week, with McVay matching wits against another of the NFL’s best in Saints Head Coach Sean Payton, and McVay came out firing.
On offense, the Rams’ tempo was terrific all day long. Not only did McVay vary formations, but he varied the tempo, which is hard to do with such a young QB in Jared Goff. He made sure to get young players such as backup WR Josh Reynolds involved early. The Rams scored on their first possession, and never looked back as McVay went right at the Saints’ backup corners repeatedly.
The Rams defense gave a stellar performance as well. McVay yields completely to DC Wade Phillips, and wisely so. With good offensive and defensive units, Rams practices certainly must elevate the focus and quality of the entire squad.
The Rams wisely retained Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel when they hired McVay. Their return units, punter, and kicker all contributed to this win.
When you watch a Rams game, you see a tight operation. When they play, you don’t see a lot of “loose threads” (wasted time outs, bad penalties in key situations, wasted special teams opportunities in flipping field position, etc.) It’s a mark of a well-coached team. Even in their loss at Minnesota the previous week, the Rams did not play well, but they still pushed the Vikings hard.
This is a team that will contend consistently. They’ve been among the most fortunate teams in the league on the injury front this season, but that isn’t the primary reason they’re good. The primary reason is Sean McVay, Week 12’s Top Dog.