LA Rams fans rip HC Sean McVay in latest Coach McVay podcast

Sometimes it’s best to avoid the ire of the fanbase, particularly when things are not going well. When Sean McVay joined Stu Jackson and DeMarco Farr for his weekly The Coach McVay Show on November 29, 2021, the fans who tuned in were ready to rip into the entire LA Rams organization, coaching staff, and players.

By the 3:20 mark of the podcast, LA Rams head coach Sean McVay made his first comment about the Rams comment section. What was there to cause him to take his attention from the interview to their comments?

Fire Raheem

Reeder looked lost out there yesterday!!”

STOP PLAYING ZONE AGAINST THE LEAGUES BEST RECEIVERS

and “Hendo is frail AF

The interview detoured to the group chat that accompanies the podcast from 3:20 through the  4:00 minute mark.  The criticism that held McVay’s focused predominantly on two themes:

Get inside linebacker Troy Reeder off the field
and the default
Fire defensive coordinator Raheem Morris.

By the time that the hosts interceded, the comments flipped to those that were far more supportive. Of course, the comments continued to burn Raheem Morris at the stake, but also support for the Rams and head coach Sean McVay.

There was a bit of damage control. One solid perspective is that given by veteran DeMarco Farr. He points this dialogue in some excellent directions and compels McVay to address uncomfortable topics like punt returns and fixing turnovers.

The challenge of this LA Rams team is that this late in the season there are few quality ‘Plan Bs” on the roster. Any move to bench a player must be met with a corresponding promotion. Any move to fire a coach or coordinator must be met with a corresponding hire.

Comments can make a difference. The trio in this podcast was acutely aware of the fans’ unhappiness and unrest. But take it one step further. Rather than spam “Fire Morris”, why not put together something like “Why not give Wade Phillips another shot at the defense?” or some comment that pushes for someone you want to be hired?

Rather than “Bench Reeder”, why not cite “Give Christian Noteboom a chance”?  It’s easy to spam complaints. The real challenge, and help to the team, comes at suggesting fixes that they may not be aware of that could make a difference.