The Los Angeles Rams lost to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but by Monday, it’s just time to start focusing on Seattle. The Rams face the Seahawks in three days on Thursday Night Football in Seattle and on Monday, Sean McVay talked to the media about complementary football, targets for Robert Woods, and being healthy.
Rams didn’t play ‘complementary football’ against Cardinals
Sean McVay says he didn't do a good enough job of getting the Rams to play complementary football Sunday. He cites the offense's turnovers and poor big-play execution as putting too much stress on his defense, leading to explosive plays by AZ.— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) October 4, 2021
McVay noted that turnovers by the offense and a lack of explosive plays due to poor execution is what helped lead to LA’s downfall in Week 4. The Rams had two turnovers, including a Matthew Stafford interception, and only two plays that went longer than 20 yards: an early pass to Van Jefferson and a 35-yard gain by Cooper Kupp.
Darrell Henderson had a 15-yard run and played well but explosive plays were lacking as compared to the first three weeks.
Robert Woods, the time is coming
“We just need to get him some more targets and that starts with me.” - Sean McVay on Robert Woods— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 4, 2021
McVay simply said that Robert Woods hasn’t gotten more targets because he hasn’t called up plays for Robert Woods. Woods was targeted six times on Sunday, catching four passes for 48 yards. Woods has 25 targets in four games, putting him on pace for roughly 105 — that would be 25 fewer than last season despite it being a 17-game season.
Injuries in Week 4 were only “bumps and bruises”
Sean McVay says Taylor Rapp, Darrell Henderson and Tyler Higbee should all be able to play Thursday despite having injury designations today. Rams are still quite healthy overall.— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) October 4, 2021
McVay says that Darrell Henderson, Tyler Higbee, and Taylor Rapp will all play this Thursday against the Seahawks.
Bonus: Pete Carroll says that Matthew Stafford will be a challenge
Asked Pete Carroll how he's seen Sean McVay accentuate Matthew Stafford's skill set in scheme, he says Rams have "given him a lot of latitude to throw the ball" and he's benefited from outstanding pass protection, as he's been sacked three times in four games.— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) October 4, 2021
Seattle’s head coach said on Monday that Stafford is successful right now in large part because McVay has given him so much leeway on the field. That may not have shown in Week 4, but the Seahawks are sure to get a heavy dose of it this Thursday.