Farr: McVay Knows He Has To Expand Playbook

Sean McVay is confident in his scheme, D'Marco Farr says, but after being held to three points in the Super Bowl, changes are coming

Taz and the Moose
July 30, 2019 - 10:10 am
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The Los Angeles Rams finished second in the NFL in both total offense and scoring offense (32.9 points per game) last season. Yet, they failed to reach the end zone in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

“They haven’t forgot about it,” Super Bowl champion and Rams sideline reporter D’Marco Farr said on Taz & The Moose. “It’s going to drive them. They got to the Super Bowl, it’s where they wanted to be – but they didn’t win it, and they didn’t perform as well as they would like on offense. It’s not just the players. Even Sean McVay feels the same way.”

McVay, 33, is considered one of the top offensive minds in football. Bill Belichick, however, got the best of him in February.

“He wants to get back to that big stage, probably against the Patriots to have that rematch so they can get that win – or at least a better showing,” Farr said. “Belichick is a monster. Belichick has seen you 10 times over. He knows your schemes, he knows your philosophies, he knows the origin of – so it’s going to be tough to beat him in that situation. But one day after that game, the day after the Super Bowl, Sean McVay became a better football coach. So let’s hope they become a better football team because of that.”

The Rams rushed 18 times for 62 yards (3.4 yards per carry) in the Super Bowl. Jared Goff finished 18-of-38 for 229 yards and an interception. He was sacked four times.

“I think he’s confident in his scheme, I think he’s confident in what he does – but I think he knows now he’s going to have to open it up a little bit more,” Farr said of McVay. “He’s going to have to be a little more varied in his personnel groups. The one thing I did get from all the coaches that I know on the way up, especially at the Super Bowl: You can’t be this good in one personnel group. It’s just impossible to do. But I’m like, ‘We are sitting here in Atlanta at the Super Bowl, guys. He just did it.’ 

“But then after the game, it kind of made sense,” Farr continued. “You’re going to have to give people more tight end sets. You might have to be a little trickier with Todd Gurley coming out of the backfield to get him free when you have 16, 17 weeks of film. So he’s going to have to expand his playbook a little bit more, but he’s never going to give up what he does best.”

Click below to listen to Farr’s interview in its entirety.