If you want to judge the confidence level of LA Rams head coach Sean McVay before the first game of a new NFL season, you have to love what you saw in his LAR Rams press conference today before the team team travels to Seattle Washington to face off against the Seattle Seahawks in what will be a very important game in Week 1.
The LA Rams made sweeping changes to the team this offseason, long before the 2023 NFL Draft.
And yet, McVay was calm and relaxed.
Either Sean McVay does not fully grasp the gravity of the current situation, or he gets it completely. I'm willing to bet it's the latter.
Forget the tired old cliches about circling the wagons or 'us against the world.' The LA Rams are not a 7-3 team that is being disrespected in the latest ESPN Power Rankings. This is a team that truly has lost all but a handful of believers. Even those true believer have lowered their expectations for this team for the 2023 NFL season. But it's Week 1, and we all know that gameday results can end up much differently than what many expected.
This week, this season, the LA Rams are counting on that.
I'm not willing to proclaim the LA Rams an obvious winner just yet. This is a tough game. The LA Rams are on the road, facing an NFC Division rival, and the team is counting on meaningful minutes from a large number of new faces on the Rams roster. And while all of that should lead to a horrific season opener for this team, I just don't feel it in my bones.
Truth be told, I'm nearly as light hearted as Rams HC Sean McVay. There are no reasons for it, but I have a sneaky suspicion that the Rams are going to be a completely different team this year.
Blitz packages from the defense? A stout running attack? Perhaps three tight end sets, or my biggest wish, a fullback lined up with the running back. Whatever the plan, this doesn't feel like the same old strategy. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what the Rams have in store this season.