5 storylines to the Rams Colts matchup in the Coliseum

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Sean McVay will wear the headsets on Sunday for the first time as an NFL head coach. At 31 years of age, he’s not too far removed from the age of some of the youngest players on the Rams roster.

That won’t be a factor.

But as he will begin to evaluate his second year quarterback Jared Goff in a regular season game, fans and NFL watchers will do the same to McVay.

A lot of praise has been tossed his way during the offseason. He deserves credit for changing the culture, and instilling a fresh and new energy into a team lacking. But how that translates to an NFL regular season game remains to be seen.

What fans will finally see on Sunday is how his influence is translating to Goff. Last season, the Rams offense was abysmal, and so was their quarterback play.

McVay was brought in to fix just that.

The Colts will be the first test not just for a revamped offense and quarterback, but for a first time head coach who’ll either continue getting the praise should the Rams win, or see for the first time the second-guessing that comes with a loss.

Both head coaches will be without their respective star players. For Chuck Pagano and for McVay, they’ve known for awhile they’d be missing both Andrew Luck and Aaron Donald come Opening Day.

Tomorrow, McVay finally gets the test when it counts.