You look like the perfect opponent for a struggling Rams team trying to avoid a complete collapse.
On Monday, the Carolina Panthers fired coach Matt Rhule and defensive coordinator Phil Snow. Starting quarterback Baker Mayfield is almost certain to be out with a sprained ankle and backup Sam Darnold is on injured reserve, so interim coach Steve Wilks is likely to start Sunday against the Rams at SoFi Stadium with PJ Walker.
But Rams coach Sean McVay has his own team to worry about.
A 10-22 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday dropped the Rams to 2-3, the first time under McVay they’ve had a losing tally so late in the season.
The Rams had just one touchdown in their last nine quarters. A week after the San Francisco 49ers fired quarterback Matthew Stafford seven times, the Cowboys fired him five times. Stafford lost two fumbles and had an intercepted pass.
“In many instances over the past few weeks, some of the mental failures that have occurred over the past five years of how we’ve been operating have reared their ugly heads,” McVay said during a video conference call with reporters. “And for me that’s on the coaching, that’s on me and that’s where I get really irritated.”
The Rams are looking for “all the solutions” and that “everything is on the table,” McVay said.
“You want to make sure you’re channeling your emotions in a way that reflects ‘where do we find solutions,’ rather than being pissed off,” he said.
A few weeks ago, the Rams signed veteran offensive lineman Oday Aboushi and veteran center Matt Skura. Nobody played.
“These two guys played a lot of NFL football,” McVay said. “We have to keep figuring out, ‘Okay, what’s the top five based on the bodies and the availability that we have,’ and these guys are both here, maybe with the expectation and the expectation that they’re going to play at some point .”
Offensive lineman Rob Havenstein said his position group held a closed-door player-only meeting Monday after reviewing the film.
“It depends on the mindset,” Havenstein said of the line’s poor play. “Physical mistakes will happen, but our mindset hasn’t been right for the last couple of games. We will tackle this in practice.”
Several offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries. On Monday, McVay said guard David Edwards was on record with a concussion after absorbing a blow and walking out of the game against the Cowboys. Edwards was sidelined against the 49ers for being on concussion protocol but cleared to play against the Cowboys.
Havenstein and left tackle Joe Noteboom started every game. Both said injuries and different line-up combinations are no excuse.
“We’ve lost a little bit of our basis for the success we’ve had over the years — be it communication, effort, technique, and I think some of that has slipped,” Havenstein said. “There are a handful of plays [against the Cowboys] this just can’t happen, this is just inexcusable stuff…
“The good thing is, the only good thing is that it’s early enough in the season where we can get back to work and still fix the ship the way we want it. But that’s a mindset that we need to change and we need to deal with it and we need to fix it.
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