While some coaches never recover after defeat in the highest stage, the Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay seemed to have bounced back. Losing to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at Super Bowl LIII as then a 33-year-old McVay proven to be a valuable experience for him to be able to come back to Super Bowl this season.
McVay will have to try his best to prevent the Super Bowl loss he and the Rams had back at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will not happen again in their own backyard at SoFi Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals this year.
No Pain No Gain
Having Matthew Stafford as the starting quarterback and the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. to the team after his release from Cleveland Browns once again led the Rams to the doorstep of victory. It all finished in an emotional triumph within the NFC Championship against Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers.
Despite the heartache which followed the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots in 2019, McVay is thankful for the experience he had. “Repetition is the mother of learning and I think it goes the same for all coaches,” said McVay during a press conference.
The 2017 AP NFL Coach of the Year was also asked if he felt ‘more comfortable’ going to the Super Bowl after experiencing it but he explained. McVay simply thought that Patriots coach Bill Belichick did a better job than his team on that night.
“It’s always a part of what you remember, but you do have to allow yourself to be able to move on, but definitely don’t want to minimize the learning lessons that can be had from it you apply it in the right way,” McVay added.
McVay thinks that those are things that whether it was a Super Bowl or truly any other games indeed a few of the things that happened recently you need to fair ceaselessly learn from both the great and the awful, have a brief memory. Moreover, McVay describes that when it comes to problems, it should be an opportunity to look at them back and make sure not to make the same mistakes twice.
Meeting Old Friends
In Super Bowl LVI, McVay will be meeting his old friend, Bengals head coach, Zac Taylor, the former quarterback coach at the Rams under McVay in 2018.
The 38-year-old Taylor is the product of McVay’s coaching apprenticeship. Other than Taylor, there are other head coaches within the NFL who have been colleagues like Matt LaFleur of the Green Bay Packers and Brandon Staley of the Los Angeles Chargers.
With McVay’s well-known reputation, there is a joke within the game environment, “If you had a cup of coffee with Sean McVay, then you’re going to be a head coach in the NFL.”
If the pair meet in Super Bowl LVI, it will be the youngest coordinating matchup in a Super Bowl — a year after the oldest coaching match came through, pitting 68-year-old Bruce Arians against 68-year-old Andy Reid.
“Working for Sean was the two best a long time of my life,” Taylor told the media, “But they enjoy the process of walking into this building with a smile on their face every day because that was how I felt every day.
“I felt strongly that the other players and coaches felt that way in Los Angeles as well. Those two years have a significant impact on me and how I go about my daily job and how you game plan and how you run a team.”