The Los Angeles Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints and Sean McVay seemed to be glowing in his post game press conference. He praises what seems like every player, but he really makes a point to celebrate Kyren Williams when the head coach says “we’re different when he plays.” The head coach matter of factly says that there is enough inventory, enough tape to say that Williams makes a noticeable difference for this Rams team. Kyren has been on a tear as he helped LA win several games as the Rams continue their playoff push.
It’s late at the time of this writing. Let’s keep it short and sweet.
McVay comes out and sums up his love for this team. He’s been expressing his love a lot this year and what’s not to love? Puca Nakua, Williams, Aaron Donald, Kobie Turner, Demarcus Robinson, Matthew Stafford, Steve Avila. This team seems loaded with talent and according to McVay they have a lot of the right people in their locker room.
“Love the resilience of this group. They just continue to show up.”
When LA was on their losing streak going into their bye week McVay was still saying he loved the team, but what else was he going to say? Now it seems like he really has been enjoying this team because he believes they can get better. One thing is for sure, if LA wants to continue to make noise they need to improve on closing out games.
“There’s a lot of things we can certainly improve upon, special teams.”
LA had a big lead, 30-7, but ended up letting the Saints back in the game, so the final was 30-22. Allowing teams to get back into games is not usually going to lead to wins in the NFL, but it worked this week (it actually worked against the Washington Commanders last week too).
Hopefully LA can clean that up, but for now the Rams get the win and they can enjoy the upcoming holiday before they have to get ready for Week 17 against the New York Giants.
“Players are making plays...we gotta be able to continue to reset.”
The coach is then asked about running back Williams and his impact on the team. McVay is clear and basically expresses that they have seen enough to say that he makes this team better. That is no longer a question and Kyren does appear to be the feature back for the Rams right now. It doesn’t look like a fluke.
“We’re different when he plays.”
It’s a team game, so McVay praises more than one player and more than one side of the ball. The Rams played well enough together to earn the win, and it’s exciting to think that LA has players to build with for seasons to come.
“There’s so many guys on this team that...man, they are exactly what we are looking for in Rams.”
The Rams appear to have a foundation that can lead to winning football. No wonder the coach is so happy.
“It’s been a lot fun.”
So that’s that. McVay and his team rise to 8-7 on the season with two regular season games to play. LA is finally above .500 again for the first since they were 1-0 after their Week One win over the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams have a real chance to make the postseason, but however this shakes out it does seem like fans and the organization can take pride that they’ve got a team that looks ready to compete more often than not. You’re not going to win every game with a team that competes, but you’re going to have a chance to win every game. No wonder McVay has loved this group all season long.