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Sean McVeigh looked and sounded very similar to the one who celebrated his first Super Cup win all night when the coach showed up early Monday morning to discuss the coronation in his hometown of Los Angeles Rams.
“It’s an incredible honor to be here,” McVay said, his sandpaper rasp emphasizing his sarcasm. “It’s also painful when the team won the championship and then made you come to the press conference the next morning so early.”
With the Rams ’win over the Cincinnati Bengals with a score of 23-20, McVeigh finally reached the culmination of his journey, which began in early 2017 as the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. A little over five years later, the 36-year-old coach also became the youngest coach to win a Super Cup – and this trip exhausted him but excited him.
McVeigh said nothing Monday about the possibility of quitting football quickly, as suggested by a coach prone to burnout when asked about it for years. But he did not look as if he had finished his work on the team he had created for the champion.
“I was surrounded by wonderful people,” McVeigh said. If you are close to great players, great coaches who are dedicated and working in the same direction, pulling the rope in the same direction, good things can happen. If you have the right foundation … because of the success of these guys, other people get opportunities for growth. ”
Aaron Donald also reached the peak of his career, making a decisive defensive play in the last Cincinnati shoot, chasing Joe Barrow to a fourth default to complete a performance in the Super Cup that included two bags. The three-time AP defensive player of the year has finally got his first ring – and the 30-year-old star has also bypassed early retirement issues right after the win.
Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff says the team will wait until the celebration has subsided to find out how seriously McVeigh and Donald are set to start life after football, but he is optimistic they will both return.
“I think all these guys are wiped out,” Demoff said. “When you get to this point, the gas tank is empty and you’re sitting there holding a trophy. I think it’s kind of scary when you wake up this morning and realize you need to do it all over again and you don’t have to So I think the conversation is really natural.
“And I would agree. I don’t think Sean’s current pace is steady in terms of how much work he puts in if you want to have a family. But I think one thing: all these guys love football. They love to be around each other … These are all natural questions that are hard to answer at the moment. In a month, two months from everyone, and I think things will be much better. “
Even the Super Bowl championship didn’t affect Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s reluctance to continue to speak publicly about his many sports teams, but Demoff said the billionaire who built SoFi Stadium was “happier than I’ve ever seen his ”after he took his first Lombardi Trophy.
“He went for the two biggest risks in the NFL that I can come up with in the last decade,” Demoff said. “Buying land to build a stadium in hopes of getting the chance to become the Los Angeles Reims again and hire a 30-year-old head coach if everyone wanted to have a big name. Those two risks ended last night with an incredible reward.”
The Rams have done a great job since Croenke moved them to Los Angeles from his native Missouri six years ago. Landing in a glamorous city that has largely forgotten about them, Rams has once again attracted public attention, developing a propensity for risk and adding to its list of veteran stars.
Many of these stars played key roles in Rams ’16th and final victory. From Donald and von Miller to Matthew Stafford and Cooper Cooper’s MVP Super Cup, high-profile Los Angeles names loomed in the grand finale.
“There were so many guys on this team who just respected the game, put in the work and time,” said Kupp, who looked less annoyed than his boss, who woke up shortly after sunrise. “It was very important. So many guys just said, ‘Hey, we have guys who deserve a Super Cup.’ We have to win it for them. “
It happened the last time in the Super Cup, when Cincinnati scored 17 points in a row and led 20-13 a few minutes later in the third quarter. The Rams’ attack scored just three points from seven consecutive possessions before the final drive – an imperfect masterpiece of 15 games and 79 yards that ended in 1-yard TD catch Kuppa.
“We talk a lot about just being able to do our job,” Kupp said. “We experienced a slight lull that led to a break and the third quarter. We just had to keep insisting and trusting the details. “
The Rams continued the party at Disneyland later Monday and they will receive a victory parade in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The agency has only four weeks to go free, and the Rams have to decide on several key players: Miller, receiver Odel Beckham Jr., starting cornerback Darius Williams, offensive linemen Brian Allen and Austin Corbett and lineman defenseman . They are also waiting Andrew Whitworth’s decision to retire.
But Kupp was a sure answer when asked if he thought the Rams could be the first NFL team in nearly two decades to repeat.
“Of course,” he said. “If you’re going into the season and don’t think you can win everything, it would be a very depressing place to play.”