The defending Super Bowl Champions didn’t have much of a championship fight this season, as Monday night’s loss to the Green Bay Packers officially eliminated the Los Angeles Rams from the playoffs in what Rams coach Sean McVay called “a very humbling season.”
The Rams fell to 4-10 on the season after winning Super Bowl LVI. The Rams’ 10 losses have tied the 1999 Denver Broncos for the most ever by a team coming off a Super Bowl championship victory.
“I think it’s hard to say that you could,” McVay said, according to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop. “You certainly can’t, but this is the reality that we’re in, and this is where we’re at. … My job is to focus on [finishing] up the season with the right competitive spirit, with the mindset and mentality that’s reflective of who those guys are in the locker room and who those coaches are. And that’s what we’ll do.
“But there’s been a lot of things that I’ve kind of thought about that I think you can make sense of why you’ve gotten here, but it still doesn’t make it any easier. And it’s a very humbling season, for sure.”
“This has been a real struggle in a lot of instances,” McVay said. “A lot of adversity that we’ve gone through. But I think what we’ve seen from our guys is they’re going to continue to battle. They’re going to finish up these last three games the right way, with the right mindset and mentality, and we’ll compete to the best of our ability. And that’s all I know how to do, and I trust that that’s exactly what we’ll do collectively as a group.”
The Rams will now look to play spoiler for other playoff hopeful teams.
“Obviously, not what we wanted it to be, but got to keep going,” Rams running back Cam Akers said. “We got three more games and … we can piss in other people’s cornflakes. If we can, we want to do that. So, just want to play these last three games like that.”