“I know where he’s coming from,” McVay said during a videoconference with reporters, “and it’s all with the right intentions.”
On Sunday, the Rams defense had preserved a lead with a late goal-line stand, but the underperforming offense failed to get a first down, giving Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady another chance to send the Rams to a 16-13 defeat that dropped their record to 3-5.
“We shouldn’t even have been out there,” Ramsey said afterward, essentially echoing postgame remarks by McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford. “You can say it like it is — the game should have been over.”
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offense struggled all game against the Rams, but when the outcome came down to the final drive, the quarterback came through as usual.
“We have so many games where the defense will get a stop and then we’ll go to the sideline and they’ll be like: ‘Y’all stay locked in. Y’all stay locked in. You’re going to have to go back out there again,’” Ramsey said.
“It shouldn’t be like that. We got to have some dogs who are going to be like, ‘We going to close this mother … out.’ ”
Ramsey, McVay said Monday, is “a great competitor.”
“He would say the same thing on the defensive side of the ball if the roles were reversed,” McVay said. “So he’s always going to be honest.”
The Rams’ offense could not get a first down to stop Tom Brady from getting one more chance to lead the Buccaneers to a winning TD on the final drive.
“That’s consistent with his demeanor, and I know where he’s coming from in terms of wanting to win, wanting to compete and wanting his teammates to expect to do well and have the confidence to close out those games,” McVay said. “And so I think his teammates know that. His coaches know that.”
The Rams, who play the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at SoFi Stadium, are two games under .500 for the first time in McVay’s five-plus seasons.
Despite the offense not performing to expectations, McVay is working to keep the Rams connected.
“That’s where a lot of those divides can somewhat occur and you want to be cognizant of that,” he said. “You want to be honest, and you want to make sure that guys understand how vital this is for us to continue to try and get out of this little rut and try to trend in the right direction.”
Here is also what we learned from the loss to the Buccaneers:
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