LA Rams Super Bowl Break Down
The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will kick off Super Bowl LIII Sunday night straight from
Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m., as Sean McVay will look to take a page out of Doug
Pederson’s book in last year’s Super Bowl. The Patriots are the favorites in this game at -2.5, as Tom
Brady and Bill Belichick look to add their 6th Super Bowl together. They have appeared in nine Super
Bowls since the Brady and Belichick era began back in 2000.
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The way Sean McVay has changed this entire Rams organization is similar to the way Belichick changed
the Patriots. Belichick was blessed with arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, but who knows how
good Jared Goff could end up being with coach McVay in the long run. McVay kicked off his head
coaching campaign as the AP NFL Coach of the Year in 2017, and now an NFC Champion and becoming
the youngest head coach to ever appear in a Super Bowl. In Belichick’s first two years coaching the
Patriots his overall record was 16-16 before eventually taking off. The Patriots have had double-digit
winning seasons since 2003, and finished 1st in the AFC East in all but one of those years (2008).
So how does the youngest head coach ever beat Brady and Belichick on the biggest stage? Doug
Pederson was able to do it last season, in just his second year as head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles
with their backup quarterback. Bill Belichick is a man of his word and proved that in last season’s Super
Bowl when he decided to bench Malcolm Butler. Butler was the leader of that defense and made one of
the biggest interceptions against the Seahawks to win the Patriots a Super Bowl, but was benched for
breaking team rules. That decision ended up burning the Patriots in the long run of that game. Watching
New England throughout these playoffs, they have been pounding the ball with Sony Michel. Every
defense wants to be able to stop the run, but making it happen is the difficult part. It helps when you have
guys on the defensive line like Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh to plug up the middle but putting
pressure on Brady is just as important. You can’t allow Brady to get comfortable in the pocket because
then it’s over after that. He just has too many weapons between Edelman, Gronkowski, White, etc.
Controlling time of possession is very important as well. Against the Saints the Rams leaned more on C.J.
Anderson, while Todd Gurley remained sidelined on big drives of that game. Give the Patriots a little taste
of their own medicine and pound the rock with Gurley because that’s what you paid him to do.
Much like last year, you need to have the momentum in your favor against the Patriots. The play that did
that for the Eagles in last year’s Super Bowl was the Philly Special at the end of the first-half. That one
play call from Pederson gave his team momentum heading into the half and they rode it out for the rest of
the game. A play like that can change the outcome of a game and the Rams need to be prepared to pull
any play out of the book and leave all their cards on the table.