Sean McVay Speaks High About Rams Future After Wild Card Loss to Falcons

After a bittersweet Wild Card loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday at the Coliseum, Rams coach Sean McVay is taking a positive approach, Adam Maya of reports.

“Certainly we’re not content with the way that this season ended,” McVay said in the aftermath of a 26-13 defeat, “but it doesn’t take away the fact that our players and our group of coaches accomplished a lot of things where we feel like we’re building a foundation where that trajectory is pointing upward for the Rams.”

“I think you do have a lot of respect for experience and certainly this is an example that we can learn from,” McVay said. “But, what I don’t think is, is I don’t think this game was too big for our players. We’re a young football team, we didn’t make enough plays tonight to be able to get it done, but I don’t think that means it was too big for our guys. … It’s going to be great motivation as we go into the offseason program leading into next year.”

Rams WR Sammy Watkins Not Sure About Future with the Team

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins is one of eight regular Rams contributors who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and his situation is the most compelling and perplexing, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

The Rams traded for Watkins during training camp, ostensibly to be their No. 1 receiver, but then couldn’t seem to figure out how to use him.

Watkins, who had a history of injuries in Buffalo, stayed healthy all season but finished fourth on the Rams in receptions (39) and receiving yards (593). Against the Falcons, Watkins was targeted on only four of Jared Goff’s 45 pass attempts, and caught one pass for 23 yards.

It’s fair to ask if Watkins, who had three or fewer receptions in 12 of his 15 games season, would even want to return to the Rams in 2018.

“You see this team building something, with the coaching staff and the players,” Watkins said. “It would be a pleasure to come back but, you know, it’s a business. I’m looking forward to talking to the coach and seeing where my future is at.”

Watkins might not have a choice. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent, but he’s also the most likely to receive a franchise or transition tag from the Rams. Such a designation, almost certainly, would keep Watkins on the roster for the 2018 season at a fixed, guaranteed salary.

Rams Roughed Up By Falcons, Season Ends in 26-13 Wild Card Loss

The season for the Rams came to a crushing loss on Saturday night in Los Angeles, as the team simply didn’t play well on either side of the ball when it mattered, losing to the Atlanta Falcons 26-13.

The high flying Rams were mostly grounded, running back Todd Gurley didn’t have the spectacular game Rams fans had become use to seeing, and overall the team just played ‘blah’ in allowing the Falcons get out to a 13-0 lead before really even waking up.

Here’s a video recap of the Wild Card loss.

Plenty of Good Seats Remain for the Rams Wild Card Playoff Game Saturday

While some fans are beyond excited about the Rams first playoff game in Los Angeles on Saturday night, it doesn’t appear there’s a high demand for tickets for the Wild Card game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Michael David Smith from Pro Football Talk reports that there’s PLENTY of good seats available, including some sections of tickets where there’s as many as eight tickets available.

We will see on Saturday is there’s a huge walk up for tickets or if the stadium will look bad on TV.

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Goff, Gurley and Others to Sit Sunday for the Rams for the Regular Season Finale

The Rams toyed with the idea of playing or not playing star players for the past few days, and today it’s official that at least four of the teams better players will sit for Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

Among those sitting are quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, and center John Sullivan. Expect more Rams starters to get the day off as well, as there’s no reason to get players injured in what will wind up being a meaningless game for Los Angeles.

Several Rams Starters Might Get the Day Off Against the Niners Sunday

Several key Rams starters may sit for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the 49ers, Alden Gonzalez of reports.

First-year head coach Sean McVay indicated Tuesday that the Rams, who clinched a division title last week, prefer to keep key players fresh as opposed to fighting for positioning in the NFC playoffs. The Rams (11-4) don’t have a chance at a first-round bye and will either be the third or fourth seed.

“Every single game is important,” McVay told the media from the team facility in Thousand Oaks, California. “But I think it will provide an opportunity for us to potentially get some guys healthier, rest them, give some other guys a chance to step up. How that affects the guys that are healthy that we want to be smart with is going to be determined as the week progresses. But it is one of those deals where I think you might see us rest some guys.”

The Rams would more than likely rest veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan for Sunday’s home game against the 49ers. If that’s the case, quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley II probably would not play either. Sean Mannion is Goff’s backup and Malcolm Brown would stand to get the majority of the carries in Gurley’s absence.

McVay also mentioned inside linebackers Mark Barron and Alec Ogletree as candidates to not play. Other key veterans — such as receivers Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers, outside linebackers Robert Quinn and Connor Barwin, cornerback Trumaine Johnson, safety Lamarcus Joyner and offensive lineman Rodger Saffold — could also at least see a limited workload.

“You don’t ever take anything for granted, but knowing that you do have a home playoff game regardless of how things play out, this might provide an opportunity for us to get some guys healthy,” McVay said. “That’s a luxury that we want to try to take advantage of.”

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