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Rams Coach Sean McVay Talks About New CB Marcus Peters Joining the Team

In the wake of the news that the Los Angeles Rams have traded (although not official) for talented but volatile Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, head coach Sean McVay was asked about expectations for player behavior according to Lakisha Jackson of

“These are grown men, and it starts with the mutual respect that exists, where they know it’s about developing and building relationships,” McVay said at an awards banquet he was attending. “If we’re going to ask our players to be coachable, we’ve got to be coachable as coaches as well. That displays an ownership and an accountability that we try to all have and makes the players more receptive to the messages we try to implement. They know exactly what the expectations are, what our standards are, and they know what it is to do it the right way.”

Since Peters entered the NFL in 2015, no player has more interceptions (19) or passes defensed (55), per NFL Research. But the fact that the Chiefs were willing to deal the two-time Pro Bowler speaks volumes about his behavior both on an off the field. Clearly the Rams thinks acquiring Peters is worth the risk.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald — also at the awards ceremony — knows that his coach has what it takes to handle difficult personalities. “He’s a coach — he’ll get after you when you do something wrong,” Donald said about McVay. “Don’t let that smile fool you. I’ve seen that man change.”

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