What an outstanding job Sean McVay has done of turning this franchise around. He has taken a team without a winning record in 13 seasons to division champions, to playing the mighty New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII in just two years in charge.
McVay, who has just turned 33, is the youngest head coach to ever play for the Lombardi. He’s eight years younger than Tom Brady, and half his opposite number Bill Belichick’s age.
Sunday’s game is being billed at a battle between proven greatness and a new wave of football. The rest of the NFL is already falling over itself to find the next McVay – to hire anyone who’s ever spoken to him or served him a cup of tea, as the memes go. Losing to New England shouldn’t blemish his reputation, but what a statement it would be to get the win.
The Rams go into the game as very slight underdogs. Fair enough, the Patriots have done this all before. A few times, actually. Here’s what Los Angeles need to do to be standing under a cloud of white, blue and gold confetti on Sunday night.