The Los Angeles Rams will be kicking off their 2019 season against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Sean McVay understands the challenges that the duo of Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey pose for an opposing defense.
“It’s a monster. Those guys do an outstanding job. You talk about a versatile back, we feel really good to have one of our own. A guy that has the ability to contribute in all phases, he competes without the ball. The things that he can do even going back to his career at Stanford — he’s an impressive player.”
McVay is entering his third season as the head coach in Los Angeles after making the Super Bowl in just his second season in 2018. The bright, offensive-minded coach has faired well in the two season-openers that he's already coached in.
In 2017, McVay began his coaching career by serving up a 46-9 blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts. To follow that up, the Rams were able to impose their will on the Oakland Raiders in 2018 with a 33-13 win over Jon Gruden.
Now, Los Angeles will be tasked with slowing down the two-headed monster of Newton and McCaffrey in Carolina's backfield. Newton is recovering from a shoulder and foot injury but that likely won't stop him from using his legs to make plays on Sunday.
As for McCaffrey, the third-year running back has quickly become one of the NFL's best at his position. Last season, McCaffrey was just 35 yards shy of cracking 2,000 yards from scrimmage for the Panthers.
With Newton's dual-threat ability from under center and McCaffrey's dual-threat ability behind him, Los Angeles will have their hands full this Sunday.