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Rams’ Sean McVay searching for answers on offense after loss to Buccaneers: ‘Changes have to be made’

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The Rams’ faltering offense couldn’t deliver late in the team’s 16-13 loss to the Buccaneers in Week 9, and Sean McVay knows that the unit is in dire straits.

Still, he believes that there is time to save the offense; and as he detailed during his postgame news conference, that will take some creative thinking from him and his staff.

“I don’t necessarily think it’s [time for] the panic button,” McVay said when asked about Los Angeles’ offensive struggles. “But changes have to be made. Adjustments have to be made. We can’t continue to go on like this.”

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Indeed, the Rams have struggled on offense in recent weeks. They have logged 14 or fewer points in four of their last five games and have posted a 1-4 record, dropping to 3-5 overall as a result.

Los Angeles’ loss to the Buccaneers was a microcosm of its recent struggles. The Rams were out-gained 326 to 203 against Tampa Bay and went just 4 of 15 on third down. Matthew Stafford completed just 48.1 percent of his passes and took four sacks while leading the Rams on just one touchdown drive.

McVay was adamant that the offense’s problems weren’t the responsibility of one position group. He pointed to the team collectively, referencing the offensive line’s blocking issues, Stafford’s penchant for taking sacks on second down and the team’s inefficient running game.

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McVay also referenced decision-making as part of the problem. Notably, he referenced Cooper Kupp’s decision to slide down in bounds on a jet sweep on the Rams’ penultimate drive instead of fighting for a first down. He believed that could have run out the clock but instead put Los Angeles’ defense in a tough position against Tom Brady.

Still, above all else, McVay pointed the finger back at himself.

“I’m a big part of this. I have to do better,” McVay said, before noting that the team would have to “look inward” to get different production from their offense.

So, how does McVay anticipate improving his offense? He admitted that he “doesn’t necessarily have the exact answers right now.”

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However, he acknowledged that it would be on him and his staff to figure things out quickly. If they don’t, then they will face an uphill battle as they look to make the playoffs.

I gotta be better as a head coach — to be able to create clarity, to be able to put our guys in better spots. That’s what you sign up for.

“It’s a sick feeling. But you got to continue to go to work. The season goes on. We’ve got to figure out some different things. I don’t have all the answers right now, but we’re gonna work to try to figure out what that looks like. And that’s all we can do.”


Credit: sportingnews.com

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