Rams head coach Sean McVay made a mistake Saturday night

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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay may have miscalculated this preseason. If consistency was what he was hoping for, last night may betray him come the regular season.

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay made his first error of his coaching career in LA. In a night where he needed to solidify his offense, he bailed. He reverted to the 2016 Washington Redskins playbook where you sit your first team, and hope they answer the bell come Week 1.

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It didn’t work in Washington, and it won’t work in LA.

Todd Gurley sat for Week 3 after the first year ball coach said he wanted to get his running back some reps, Instead, he kept him in civilian clothes, and hopes, like Jeff Fisher did, that he’ll find the light switch on the way out to the field come Week 1 of the regular season.

I don’t know if you can count on that.

Last night wasn’t a dress rehearsal. Last night was a coach playing it safe. And hey, I get it. Given the news out of New England, you want to play it safe.

But in the last two weeks. McVay talked of getting his running back more reps in the offseason, and having his quarterback find some consistency.

That didn’t happen last night.

Saturday night in the Coliseum became everything you don’t want to see happen to a Rams offense looking for traction.

Trend or blip? Which is it?

Goff may well have his best days in front of him as a Rams quarterback. But last night was a reminder of how fragile the whole experiment is.

It’s hard to believe McVay has that cushion to “hope” his offense got enough in the preseason.

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He’ll find out soon enough.

He’ll also find out the margin of error isn’t what he’d like it to be.