Sean McVay recently opened up about what went wrong in Super Bowl 53.
McVay, who is known for remembering obscure details and recalling plays and players’ stats at the drop of a hat, said the team may have been too prepared for its matchup with the Patriots.
“In the back of my mind, [when making the Super Bowl game plan back in L.A.], I operated knowing I had another week,” he said, via Sports Illustrated. “That urgency to completely finalize the gameplan wasn’t quite there, and that led to me watching so much film that you can almost water down your thought process.”
McVay added: “You have so much time that you can overprepare and get away from some of the things that helped you get there. I watched every game from New England’s season. You see stuff that worked in, say, Week 3, but you forget about the amount of stuff that’s taken place since Week 3. You can watch so much film that you lose perspective. You have 18 games of film you can pore over. And then I even watched the [Philadelphia] and Atlanta Super Bowls closely.”
The Rams fell 13-3 after averaging 32.9 points per game in the regular season, and against a Patriots defense that wasn’t nearly as formidable as their offense.
New England allowed 31 points to the high-powered Chiefs in the AFC Championship game leading up to the Super Bowl. The Rams, however, scored a lone field goal and averaged just 4.3 yards per play — compared to 6.2 from the Chiefs offense.
McVay was ready to analyze the game the next day, but admitted it was hard, at first, to get over the loss.
“It would be spurts where [I would] be OK and then [suddenly] it was like, ‘I can’t flippin’ believe that we lost that game!’ Or you suddenly think, ‘I was so bad in that moment!,” he said. “Then when you think you are past that, something comes up and again you’re like, ‘I can’t flippin’ believe that!’ But I really was over it in 48 hours.
“But you have to give the Patriots credit, they were their best when their best was demanded. And personally, I wasn’t good enough. I have to do a better job.”
McVay is entering his third year as head coach of the Rams and has already secured former No. 1 pick Jared Goff, who will play out his rookie contract.