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What they’re saying: Chiefs vs. Rams

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay caught up with Chiefs media at training this week to talk about the massive Chiefs vs. Rams matchup in LA.

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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay had a lot to say about coach Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ dynamic offense leading up to the highly-anticipated Monday Night Football matchup.

On the Chiefs offense:

“They’ve got some great concepts that they can activate they do an excellent job week to week attacking the core coverages that defenses are activating,” McVay said. “I think coach [Andy] Reid does a phenomenal job of being able to keep teams off balance. They’ve got plays that start out looking the same, but are different. They can beat you with the run, they can beat you with the pass, they’re excellent in the screen, they’ve got a great empty package. I think when you compliment a great system with a great coach and then you talk about the playmakers in spots, and what a phenomenal job they’ve done, they’re fun to watch.”

Speaking of those playmakers...

“I’ve been a fan of this offense because I’m a fan of the game, so I’ve been watching them since Week 1,” McVay admitted. “The consistency at which Patrick [Mahomes] has operated and taking good care of the football and made plays in rhythm, but then also off schedule has been phenomenal. I’ve been extremely impressed with Kareem Hunt’s versatility, whether it’s as a runner or catching screens, making plays in the pass game or protection. I think Tyreek Hill is as explosive a playmaker as there is in this league, Travis Kelce’s as good of a tight end as there is and really happy and impressed with what a good job Sammy’s [Watkins] done putting consistently really good stuff on tape week in and week out — the explosion, the aggressive hand. You can see why they’re arguably the best offense in the league and they give you nightmares at the defense trying to get ready for them.”

On preparing for the game schematically:

“They’ve got a very sound system with some all-purpose plays, but also some different things that are designer-based on that week that they’re going into,” McVay said. “I think coach [Andy] Reid does a great job keeping people off balance and it’s fun. I think philosophically some of the things that we try to believe in here and be consistent with how we operate, you see a lot of those things. It’s fun if you’re watching as a football fan, it’s not fun if you’re watching it getting ready to play them.”

On Andy Reid’s philosophy matched with Patrick Mahomes’ talent:

“I think when you look at any player that he’s worked with the consistent theme is that those guys seem to play at their highest level because he’s such a great coach that does an excellent job,” McVay said. “He’s going to learn his players, figure out what they do best, and adapt and adjust his system accordingly. That’s what great coaches do and that’s what he’s done.”

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