THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — When Clay Matthews knew he was leaving the Green Bay Packers, he immediately told his agent he wanted to play for the Los Angeles Rams.
LA Rams’ “get-back coach” on leave after arrest, charges
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ted Rath, the Los Angeles Rams' director of strength training and performance, is on a leave of absence after being arrested in January and charged with three misdemeanor counts...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran safety Eric Weddle agreed to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams on Friday, returning to his native Southern California to join the defending NFC champions'...
Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth to return for 2019 season
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Left tackle Andrew Whitworth will return for another season with the Los Angeles Rams.
The 37-year-old Whitworth and the Rams both announced the decision on...
Rams announce changes to coaching staff
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have added three coaches to their staff, including the son of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
McVay, Goff begin shaking off Rams’ loss, focusing on future
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have plenty of offseason work to do. Thanks to their run to the Super Bowl, they have a relatively short amount of time to do it.
Sean McVay professes to love few things more than his next challenge, and the coach is already hitting the Rams' offseason tasks with extra motivation from the humbling experience of Los Angeles' 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Atlanta.
McVay looks to future after Rams’ ride derails in Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — Sean McVay has had very few bad days during his two seasons in charge of the Los Angeles Rams. His coaching tenure had been a rocket ride all the way to the Super Bowl.
Until Bill Belichick sent this bright football mind and his exciting team plummeting back to Earth.
What McVay does about it will determine whether the Rams are still an ascending powerhouse or another NFL contender broken by the New England Patriots.
Goff, Rams’ electric offense shorts out in Super Bowl defeat
ATLANTA (AP) — Jared Goff trudged to the Los Angeles Rams' bench, his face betraying confusion and despair while the Patriots celebrated their interception behind him.
Sean McVay left the sideline and leaned into his ear. The coach didn't say much, but he encouraged his quarterback to learn from a disastrous night in the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl a homecoming for McVay, who grew up in the ATL
ATLANTA (AP) — They still talk about that play at the Marist School.
If there was ever any doubt that Sean McVay was a coach-in-the-making, it should've ended that night back in 2003.
"He was special," said Alan Chadwick, who was McVay's high school coach at Marist. "He had a lot of insight at a young age."
‘We Not Me’ epitomizes Rams’ team-first culture under McVay
ATLANTA (AP) — The tenets of Sean McVay's coaching philosophy are never far from sight at the Los Angeles Rams' training complex.
"We Not Me" is emblazoned everywhere from the Rams' playbooks to huge wall signs in the locker room. "The Standard Is the Standard" adorns T-shirts.
"Trust the Process" isn't a sarcastic joke in Thousand Oaks, as it became among basketball lovers in Philadelphia. It earnestly greets every player in large letters when they cross the Rams' facility for team meetings.
The Latest: Zuerlein, Gurley, Countess ready for Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Super Bowl 53 (all times EST):
Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein and defensive back Blake Countess returned to full participation when Los Angeles held its final practice before the Super Bowl.
Coach Sean McVay also said running back Todd Gurley is fully healthy before Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
The Rams wrapped up their on-field work for the week outdoors at the Atlanta Falcons' training complex in nearby Flowery Branch.
The Latest: Rams hold practice outside at Falcons’ facility
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Super Bowl 53 (all times EST):
The Los Angeles Rams opted to practice outside on the grass fields at the Falcons' training facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia. The weather cooperated and coach Sean McVay was happy with the decision.
Past and Future: Wade Phillips back at Super Bowl with Rams
ATLANTA (AP) — Wade Phillips doesn't understand why everybody is so impressed by his ability to bridge generations of people and football knowledge with equal aplomb.
The Latest: Rams have a practice at Falcons’ facility
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Super Bowl 53 (all times EST):
The Rams held a one-hour, 33-minute practice at the Falcons' facility in Flowery Branch.
AP analysis: Few minority NFL coaches in top offensive jobs
After all the points were piled up in the second-highest scoring season in NFL history, the popular prototype for a head coach became predictably clear.
Teams on the annual coaching carousel this winter searched for their own version of prodigy Sean McVay, the creative play caller and quarterback whisperer who took the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl in his second season at the helm.
LA’s Cooks grabs 2nd shot at Super Bowl after Patriots trade
ATLANTA (AP) — In the past three NFL seasons alone, Brandin Cooks has caught passes from Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Jared Goff while playing for Sean Payton, Bill Belichick and Sean McVay.
"I guess I know how to pick 'em, right?" Cooks asked Tuesday with a laugh.
Cooks has racked up 3,786 yards receiving and 21 total touchdowns in that three-season span, which will include six playoff games and two consecutive Super Bowls.
LA Rams coach ‘feeling good’ ahead of Super Bowl
Media night more like a mosh pit and Mardi Gras
ATLANTA (AP) — Super Bowl Media Night is the NFL's version of a rock concert, with player interviews rather than music.
It's a Mardi Gras party, complete with the costumes.
It's a slow-motion stampede conducted mostly by quasi-media members or outright impostors.
Offensive lines key in Super Bowl for both Rams and Patriots
ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots are bringing two of the top scoring offenses in the NFL to the Super Bowl.
The reason they've both played so well has a lot to do with the big guys playing up front.
Los Angeles had the same offensive line starters for all 16 games and both playoff contests. Their consistency has been key to everything Rams coach Sean McVay does with a team that averaged 32.9 points per game, ranked second in the league.
McVay says Rams K Greg Zuerlein’s foot injury isn’t serious
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein strained his non-kicking foot at halftime of the NFC championship game by slipping on a turf-covered metal plate during warmups on the Superdome field.
Zuerlein's injury doesn't appear to be serious, and the Rams expect him to kick in the Super Bowl next week, coach Sean McVay said Thursday.
Snead’s big bets on Rams’ future pay off in Super Bowl trip
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — One year ago, general manager Les Snead and the Los Angeles Rams' front office decided they had to jump through the championship window that had suddenly, shockingly appeared before them.
Now that they've landed on their feet in Atlanta, Snead has zero regrets about writing the checks and making the commitments necessary for his Super Bowl-bound team to make that leap.
Rams kicker Zuerlein listed on injury report with foot issue
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Kicker Greg Zuerlein appears on the Los Angeles Rams' first injury report before the Super Bowl.
Zuerlein is listed with a foot injury on the report distributed Wednesday by the Rams, who had the day off.
The right-footed Zuerlein was spotted with a walking boot on his left foot Monday after the Rams returned from New Orleans, but coach Sean McVay said the Rams didn't pick up any serious injuries while winning the NFC championship game.
Rams’ McVay knows PI call missed, but also saw Goff facemask
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — When the Los Angeles Rams' team bus rolled into their suburban training complex after a boisterous flight from New Orleans, the players and coaches were greeted by rowdy fans welcoming home the new NFC champions in the middle of the night.
Super Bowl: Pats vs Rams in a meeting of Past vs Future
It began in 2002, back when the Rams were in St. Louis and the Patriots were a plucky underdog standing in the way of a potential dynasty.
So much has changed.
This hasn't: Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
The duo, every bit as formidable now as when they won that first title, face the Rams, now back in Los Angeles, in a Super Bowl rematch of sorts that pits the NFL's past against its future.
At 32, Sean McVay is the youngest Super Bowl coach. At 66, Bill Belichick has an NFL-record 30 playoff wins.
Rams star Todd Gurley a non-factor in NFC championship game
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams are headed to the Super Bowl despite one of the worst games of Todd Gurley's career.
The star running back carried the ball just four times for 10 yards Sunday, caught one pass for 3 yards and let a couple of passes slip through his hands — one of which led to an interception that set up a New Orleans Saints' field goal.
Saints-Rams NFC title game a clash of like-minded coaches
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean — with an Irish surname — who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL.
The ties between the Saints' Sean Payton and the Rams' Sean McVay go well beyond a shared name.
Soup’s off: Peters, Payton downplay gumbo beef in big game
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Peters stood at a podium Wednesday and spoke about his respect for Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints. He insisted his feisty comments about the coach two months ago had been misinterpreted and blown out of proportion by controversy-hungry fans and media.
And then his coach popped up in the back of the room.
"Let me get some of that soup!" Sean McVay yelled.
One way or another, gumbo will be served at the NFC championship game.
Rams rush past Cowboys, advance with 30-22 playoff victory
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With 1 yard between the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas end zone on fourth down midway through in the fourth quarter, Sean McVay decided to go straight ahead.
No clever plays for this high-flying offense. No elaborate schemes from their inventive coach.
Rams run over Cowboys; Chiefs dominate Colts
LOS ANGELES (AP) — C.J. Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley rushed for 115 more yards and another TD in the Los Angeles Rams' first playoff victory in 14 years, 30-22 over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round on Saturday night.
Rust never sleeps? Teams coming off NFL byes not worried
NFL teams buck for a playoff bye all season. Then people wonder if those four lucky clubs are going to be rusty when they return in the divisional round.
The football world finds out this weekend when the Chiefs, Patriots, Saints and Rams get into postseason action.
Cowboys’ playoff trip to Rams is LA reunion for Tavon Austin
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Tavon Austin's fresh start with the Dallas Cowboys wasn't much different than the stale final season the versatile receiver endured with the Los Angeles Rams.
The difference is that Austin has a chance to change the feeling — against his former team, in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Packers confirm hiring of Matt LaFleur as coach
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matt LaFleur has been named head coach of the Green Bay Packers, the team announced Tuesday night, confirming multiple reports from a day earlier.
The 39-year-old LaFleur spent this season as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, his first calling plays in the NFL. Before that, he was offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, helping direct a high-powered offense with coach Sean McVay calling plays.
While teams seek next McVay, he begins playoff run with Rams
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Most NFL teams with a head coaching vacancy this winter seem to be looking for the next Sean McVay.
The original is still hard at work for the Los Angeles Rams, hoping to justify his enormous influence on the football world with a big postseason run.
"I'm too young to have a coaching tree," the 32-year-old McVay said with a laugh Tuesday.
Maybe so, but McVay has put down impressive roots in just two seasons, and his Rams could blossom this month.
Rams face busy bye week with assistant coaches in demand
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — It will be a busy bye week for the Los Angeles Rams on and off the field as they prepare for a NFC divisional playoff game at home on Jan. 12.
Cincinnati and Arizona have made formal requests to interview quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor for their vacant head coaching positions, while the Bengals would also like to speak with passing game coordinator Shane Waldron, coach Sean McVay said Monday.
Rams rule out RB Todd Gurley for regular season finale
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rams running back Todd Gurley has been ruled out of Los Angeles' regular-season finale against San Francisco because of a knee injury.
Safety Lamarcus Joyner also won't play Sunday at the Coliseum, Rams coach Sean McVay confirmed Friday.
"Those guys are making progress, but we don't feel like it's going to be at the point where they'll be ready to go," McVay said. "So we want to continue to be smart with that."
Rams will play Gurley if healthy to secure first-round bye
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Effectively locked into their playoff seed last season, the Los Angeles Rams rested nearly all of their key players against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17.
The Rams will again host the 49ers in the regular-season finale on Sunday, but have plenty to play for this time around.
Coach Sean McVay said the Rams would go all out to try and secure a first-round bye, including playing running back Todd Gurley if he is healthy.
Rams star running back Gurley out against Cardinals.
Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley is out against the Arizona Cardinals because of a knee injury.
Gurley did not practice on Thursday, but said he expected to play in Sunday's game despite knee inflammation that flared up last week against Philadelphia.
Gurley leads the NFL with 21 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns for the Rams (11-3), who have already clinched the NFC West.
Rams look to right ship against sputtering Cardinals
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals might just be the antidote for what's ailing the Los Angeles Rams.
The Rams (11-3) are the NFL West champions again, and have the NFC's second-best record behind New Orleans (12-2). But Los Angeles has lost two in a row, 15-6 at Chicago and, last week, 30-23 to Philadelphia.
Goff, Rams offense not panicking after consecutive losses
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams insist there is no panic internally after losing consecutive games for the first time under coach Sean McVay.
Convincing those outside the team that everything is fine is another matter.
"My wife got vitamins out in the morning when we lose two games," cornerback Aqib Talib said Wednesday. "You got to just get back to the basics and play football."
McVay sees signs of turnaround after Rams’ 2nd straight loss
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Losing consecutive games for the first time as coach of the Los Angeles Rams hasn't dampened Sean McVay's sense of humor.
McVay joked he hasn't paid attention to the media coverage of Sunday night's 30-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles "because I don't want you guys to hurt my feelings."
Instead, McVay is concerned with getting the Rams out of their first prolonged slump in his two seasons.
Rams trying to handle adversity after second straight loss
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams are experiencing something they hadn't in Sean McVay's two seasons as head coach: a losing streak.
Rams’ consistent O- line vows to rebound from Chicago woes
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — For nearly two full seasons, the Los Angeles Rams' offensive line has been the epitome of consistent excellence and the bedrock of a wildly prolific offense.
When the line failed to reach its own lofty standards last weekend, the Rams (11-2) were reminded just how much they rely on those five blockers to allow Jared Goff and Todd Gurley to do their thing.
McVay, Rams look to respond after rare offensive misfire
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Nearly everything has gone according to plan for Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay and his offense over the past two seasons.
Coming off the Rams' worst offensive performance of his tenure, a 15-6 loss at the Chicago Bears on Sunday, McVay is looking forward to seeing how his team responds in another prime-time game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rams’ Davis, Kelly ready for chance to back up Todd Gurley
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams running backs Justin Davis and John Kelly have been waiting for an opportunity.
They did not want it to come because of an injury, but Davis and Kelly are ready to contribute after Malcolm Brown hurt his collarbone against Detroit on Sunday.
Rams lose Gurley’s backup Malcolm Brown to clavicle injury
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown will miss the remainder of the season because of a collarbone injury.
Coach Sean McVay said Wednesday that Brown is likely headed to injured reserve after sustaining the injury in the Rams' 30-16 win over Detroit on Sunday.
Brown had a non-surgical procedure to reset his clavicle and will miss eight to 10 weeks, McVay said.
Back to back: Rams sight bigger goals after winning NFC West
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams seemed to come out of nowhere last season to win their first NFC West championship in 14 years.
When the Rams clinched their second straight division title Sunday, everybody in the NFL had seen it coming all year long.
The league-leading Rams (11-1) haven't surprised anybody this season, not after their remarkable 2017 transformation under rookie head coach Sean McVay.
Aqib Talib off Rams’ injured reserve, eyeing Detroit return
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Aqib Talib had barely gotten started with the Los Angeles Rams when he went down with an ankle injury.
After two months as a supportive voice on the sideline while his new team soared without him, the veteran cornerback is rejoining the Rams as their playoff push really begins.
The Rams (10-1) designated Talib to return from injured reserve Monday when they returned to work after their bye week.
Rams roll into bye week buzzing from epic win over Chiefs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just like everybody fortunate enough to be at the Coliseum on Monday night, Sean McVay was still buzzing when he left the building after the Los Angeles Rams' epic victory over Kansas City.
When he finally reached his suburban home, the coach wasn't ready to lose that feeling. Instead, McVay and some friends kicked off the Rams' bye week by watching highlights of Los Angeles' 54-51 win deep into the night.
Vaunted offenses meet in Chiefs’ relocated clash with Rams
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean McVay has looked up to Andy Reid for years. The Los Angeles Rams' young coach constantly studies video of his Kansas City counterpart's offensive sets during the season, marveling at their intricacies and ingenuity.
"Every single week they do something where you say, 'That's pretty good,'" McVay said with an understated smile. "I'd be lying if I said we haven't stolen some of their stuff this year."