Is LA Rams coach Sean McVay too popular for his own good?

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After the LA Rams earned a berth in Super Bowl 53, NFL teams scrambled to hire coaches who had any connection to Sean McVay. But was Sean McVay too popular for his own good?

The Los Angeles Rams had an incredible trajectory in the 2018 season. It was so incredible that it carried the Rams from a 2016 disappointing season record of 4-12 to a 2017 record of 11-5 to a 2018 record of 2018 record of 13-3 and a showdown with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53.

The Rams lost the game, but with so much momentum behind them, pundits and fans expected the team to come roaring back this season to compete for the Super Bowl Championship once again.  Surprisingly, that’s not the way the story played out this year. To the contrary, the Rams finished with a 9-7 record and missed the playoffs.

One year competing for the greatest honor of the sport. The next year, players ended up watching post-season play from the comfort of their own sofas. How can we make sense of it all? While there is plenty of playboards and roster factor to flesh out in the weeks ahead, let’s begin with a more subtle element leading to the Rams’ downturn in 2019: Sean McVay Mania