Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy is shocked the Rams didn’t mix things up in the Super Bowl
Sean McVay was lauded throughout the 2018 season for leading the Los Angeles Rams to one of the league’s best offenses with one of its most straightforward playbooks. In Super Bowl 53, though, that approach came back to bite McVay and his team.
In an appearance on Thursday’s edition of “Pardon My Take,” New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy expressed incredulity at the inability of Los Angeles’ offense to throw his team different looks with a championship on the line.
“I couldn’t believe that,” he said, per Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith. “They really didn’t do one wrinkle. I was like, ‘What the hell?’ They’ve got so many good players. They’ve got so many things they’ve done all year, and the one play they gave us which was a wrinkle was the [Brandin Cooks] screen that hit for a little bit. And that was it.”
The Rams finished second behind the juggernaut Kansas City Chiefs in both total yards and points per game during the regular season. Jared Goff continued cementing himself as one of the league’s best young quarterbacks, Todd Gurley was a legitimate MVP candidate for the first half of the season, and both Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving.
Against the Patriots, though, Los Angeles was something close to helpless offensively. McVay’s team managed just 260 yards of total offense and 14 first downs, while Goff completed just half of his throws, throwing no touchdowns and one interception in the Rams’ 13-3 loss.
Hopefully, Los Angeles will adjust its offense a bit more under similar stakes in the future.