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Rams lose to Cardinals: Sean McVay says he thought he had a good defensive game plan

Sean McVay, Matthew Stafford, and Jalen Ramsey talk about the Rams loss to the Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams were blown out 37-20 by the division rival Arizona Cardinals. There weren’t many positives to draw from in a game full of missed opportunities and questionable decision making. What did Head Coach Sean McVay quarterback Matthew Stafford and cornerback Jalen Ramsey have to say about the teams’ performance after dropping to 3-1?

McVay on the team responding after the lopsided loss

“Didn’t do a good enough job getting our guys ready to go. But fortunately for us, we’ve got a chance on a short week to be able to respond the way we expect to, the way that we want to, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do moving forward.”

The Rams didn’t look ready to play at all today. Sometimes, a Thursday night game isn’t ideal, but in this case it’s exactly what’s needed to try and get that bad loss behind McVay and company.

McVay on Matthew Stafford’s performance

“I thought he was gutsy…I’ll ride with that guy any day”

McVay credited Stafford for continuing to fight throughout the blow out, shaking off play that “wasn’t up to his (Stafford) level. He also added that Stafford has “everything you can want in a quarterback” knows that he and the team are wired the right way.

McVay’s thoughts on the defensive game plan

“Of course I felt like we had a good defensive plan…We’ll evaluate ourselves critically, starting with coaches, and then seeing what can we do to put our players in better positions.”

This is not your 2020 Los Angeles Rams defense. The bend but don’t break strategy broke in a big way today.

Kenny Young on Kyler Murray and their third down performance

“He’s (Kyler Murray) a problem at quarterback in this league…We didn’t execute on third down.”

The Rams defense continually allowed the Cardinals to extend drives convert eight of thirteen third downs (61.5 percent), including an 18 yard run on third and 16 early in the game.

Van Jefferson on the lack of offensive cohesion

“I really can’t pinpoint what was going on. When the balls are thrown to us, we try to make the play to the best of our ability.”

Jefferson led the team with six catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. The offense was out of synch today, as Stafford and company only accounted for one touchdown before the garbage time score to Robert Woods, with just over a minute left to play.

Stafford on missed opportunities

“It wasn’t their defense. It was just on me. I’ve got to make those throws. It’s pretty plain and simple to be honest with you.”

Stafford completed 63 percent of his passes today in his least efficient game as a Ram thus far. He also admitted that missing out on early opportunities for points put the defense in bad situations.

Stafford credits the offensive line for not allowing a sack in a pass heavy game flow

“They were blocking their ass off for me. No sacks against that outfit is pretty incredible, especially with the position that we put them in.”

With the Rams trailing for most of the game, the offensive line held up very well being forced into obvious pass protection situations. It may be the one good takeaway from this game.

Jalen Ramsey on the defense’s execution

“It’s on us, we got to go execute. Honestly, regardless of whether the play call may have been good or bad…we got to go and execute that play.”

The defense certainly had their chances to “make the coach right” but they missed a few tackles and allowed Murray to get outside of contain on scrambles instead of forcing him back inside to the helping pursuit, which negated opportunities to get the Cardinals off the field. It will be interesting to see the game plan against other mobile quarterbacks, starting with this Thursday against the Seattle Seahawks.