Headed into Super Bowl LIII, many folks just knew this would be a shoot-out type of game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams.
The youngest coach in the NFL had the world at his feet and seemed primed and ready to shock the nation. He did shock the world by the time the game was over as the Rams could only muster 3 points all game long.
Bill Belichick put on a defensive clinic and showed why he is still the best in the game.
During an interview with Sports Illustrated — Rams head Coach Sean McVay revealed he went overboard by analyzing every game the Patriots played last season, including the playoffs, and their previous two Super Bowls.
“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 Philly and Atlanta Super Bowls closely.”
“I operated knowing I had another week,” McVay said. “That urgency to completely finalize the game plan wasn’t quite there, and that led to me watching so much film that you can almost water down your thought process. . . .
“You have so much time that you can over-prepare and get away from some of the things that helped you get there.”
McVay placed the loss squarely on his shoulders. If had the opportunity to do it over again, he would do things much differently.
“I didn’t appreciate it,” McVay said. “I think there’s a lot to be said for the journey, and I appreciated what the season had entailed. But I could have appreciated the week and entirety of the event more. I kept myself kind of isolated because I didn’t want any distraction.”
The Rams are more than likely to be heavy favorites to return to the Super Bowl, so he just might get his chance pretty soon.