Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson, Jori Epstein and Charles McDonald discuss the Rams’ disastrous season, including how head coach Sean McVay has seemingly changed since winning the Super Bowl.
CHARLES ROBINSON: It was interesting. I told Frank this on Sunday when all this came out again about McVay. I went back to the conversation I had with him in training camp. And I had completely forgotten that like the first 20 minutes of it were Sean McVay talking about just this weird-- this whole weird ideology that he had that he had this whole philosophical approach to life. And went on and on about how irritated he was the dip after losing the Super Bowl.
And I don't know why in the moment, I think it was just because he had returned and you're thinking, hey, they're gearing up for another Super Bowl run. It didn't really affect me in the moment. But now in the wake of this news, looking back, it feels like during that conversation he was still thinking about like am I happy? Am I happy coaching?
He talked about finding meaning in life. And a lot of it felt like it wasn't necessarily a football related conversation. And I thought like listening to it again. I'm like, bro, you're in here like early 30s. What the hell is going on? Like this is like a quarter life crisis from a guy who's got everything you could possibly want. And he didn't seem to know if he actually had everything he could possibly want. Charles, let's start with you. I mean it's just-- like what are we going to-- does he just not want to be there for the rebuild? Because if that's the case, I mean that's kind of messed up.
CHARLES MCDONALD: Why not? I mean, look, I think I think when you look at the Sean McVay and how he's thinking about this, I think instead of saying he might be saying, you know, am I happy? But I think what he's actually saying is, am I going to be happy? Because--
CHARLES ROBINSON: Yeah, that's a good question.
CHARLES MCDONALD: This is crap. Like where the Rams are right now there's nowhere. There's really nowhere to go unless literally everyone gets back healthy next year. Because you're going to be dealing with the same problems with a top heavy roster and not a whole lot of depth. And as we saw this year, it doesn't take a whole lot of injuries for the whole thing to be derailed.
Obviously Stafford's a different case. But there's just not a whole lot of depth on this roster because of everything that they did to achieve a roster that was worthy of winning a Super Bowl. So when McVay says he doesn't really know if he's enjoying this or what have you, look, I can imagine it's hard staring like a multi-year rebuild in the face. Especially because they've been buying for him ever since he got to the Rams.
The first year he got there they got Robert Woods and Andrew Whitworth and Sammy Watkins. And they basically bought an offensive line for Jared Goff. And they were hitting the ground running right away. And now it's not looking like it's going to be that.
I don't really know how I feel about him like dipping out on a rebuild. I mean, I think I might consider it if I was in that situation. Like I'm in my 30s. I'm rich. I'm handsome. I got a Super Bowl ring. Like [BLEEP] I look like being around a bunch of losers for even if it's my fault? So Sean, if you want to go and retire and take a couple of years off, you have one person in the media who applauds and understands your decision.