Los Angeles Rams held their last lavish offseason party Thursday night to give out all the goodies Their huge Super Bowl championship rings to their current and former players.
Sean McVay sees the Friday morning after that soirée as the dividing line between the success of last season and the formidable task in front of the Rams this fall as they attempt to become the NFL’s first repeat champions in 18 years.
“It was kind of good timing, because now it represents, ‘Let’s turn the page,’” McVay said outside the Rams’ training camp headquarters in balmy Orange County. “Let’s not minimize what a great year last year was, but that’s not going to have anything to do with this year.”
McVay believes most successful coaches will repeat this mantra after a title. However, McVay believes the Rams possess the leadership and talent to continue the race for another ring. McVay won’t let the Rams slip up, and he is determined not to be complacent.
“So many things have to go right,”McVay stated. “We could be a better team this year, and I think we’ve got a chance to do that, and it might not mean we win a Super Bowl, because there are a lot of things that take place throughout the course of a game — the bounce of a ball here — certain things that are out of your control.”
During their playoff run, the Rams received several of these bounces while they won consecutive thrillers against Tampa Bay and San Francisco. These breaks were the difference between a great season and a title-winning campaign. McVay will make sure that his team is ready to win another chance.
After the Rams made their first Super Bowl under McVay three seasons ago, they went 9-7 the following year while missing the playoffs for the only time in McVay’s career. McVay attributes the slight decline to McVay’s bad bounces and not to post-Super Bowl hangovers or preparation flaws.
“A hangover, to me, what that entails is guys think they’re better than they are,”McVay stated. “They stop working the right way, complacency sets in and the previous success you think is going to have anything to do with your future success. We’ve got the right kind of guys in our locker room, the right kind of coaches that are intrinsically motivated.”
There are a few tasks that the Rams must perform during camp. They must find a replacement to Darious Williams, their starting cornerback, and Austin Corbett’s right guard. Additionally, they must establish communication and teamwork with Allen Robinson and Bobby Wagner, new middle linebacker and receiver. Both must assume major roles as soon as possible.
On Sunday, the Rams’ first practice will be held at UC Irvine. They are getting an early start on camp partly due to the fact that they will host Von Miller’s Buffalo Bills Thursday, Sept. 8.
McVay said that he had considered quitting the game but decided to stay with the Rams. Although he has not yet signed a contract extension with the Rams, he stated that the negotiations are underway. “in a good place,” and it’s “more than likely” They’ll sign a contract in training camp.
To continue their partnership with Rams, the general manager Les Snead, is expected to sign a contract extension during training camps. The Rams have won five consecutive championships, three NFC West titles and two Super Bowl appearances during their half-decade of being together.
“Myself and Les, being a pair, when we get that thing finalized, you guys will know,”McVay stated. “But I feel really good about the direction that’s going.”
NOTES: Jalen Rams, All-Pro cornerback for the Rams, was placed on the physically incompetent to perform (PUP), list with Travin Howard, linebacker and rookie Kyren Williams. Ramsey had shoulder surgery offseason, and McVay indicated that the team would be careful with Ramsey’s recovery. “When we did do that surgery on him, it was important … to attack the rehab the right way, and most importantly, be ready for Sept. 8, ready to go, so we’ll be smart about that progress for him,”McVay stated.