As if Rams head coach Sean McVay didn’t have enough going on, the first year head coach will be “hands on” with the offense, and he needs to be. McVay will call plays on offense, guiding and OWNING what happens on the field and with his second year quarterback.
A monumental change from the CEO approach former HC Jeff Fisher took. Gone are the days when he’d farm out such questions to coordinators, reserving his time for the “bigger picture” variety of back and forth with the media.
For the Rams, and especially in their second season in Los Angeles, personal ownership of this type will go a long way with a fanbase who saw a shell game at the head coaching position.
For Jared Goff, this too is a positive development. Goff got little from Fisher, from anyone really in his stunned development. If their is to be a sea-change in his play, we’ll see if in his year two, and in year one of the McVay era.
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Of note, and something fans should consider, is how smart the Wade Phillips hire was.
Phillips needs no “supervision.” He’s a stand alone. But while McVay will have to answer for the defense as well, he’ll do so with the confidence that Wade Phillips will bring. McVay will have to opportunity to focus on what he knows best: offense, the area most lacking any distinction or imagination in Los Angeles.
The Rams may be poised to move the needle in 2017. Maybe in a big way, maybe only incrementally. But won’t any tangible progress be a sign of better things to come? Los Angeles may have that “good feelz” that only a .500 record can bring this coming season.
Sure, it’s only .500, but it’s something.
Given recent history, that’s something to get excited about.