Forced to cope with a devastating loss on the game’s greatest stage, L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay did “a lot of drinking” to get over Super Bowl 53.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay has for the most part enjoyed unprecedented success in a ridiculously short amount of time as skipper of an NFL team.
His inaugural season on the job resulted in a playoff berth, a worst-to-first offensive turnaround, and Coach of the Year honors. His sophomore effort was even better, as McVay guided the Rams all the way to an appearance in Super Bowl 53.
Unfortunately for them, McVay and the Rams were largely stymied by the buzzsaw that was Bill Belichick and the New England defense. The Patriots defeated the Rams by a final score of 13-3, holding Los Angeles to their lowest point total ever under McVay. Super Bowl 53 finished as the lowest scoring NFL championship game in history, but the Patriots didn’t mind – they still got to hoist the Lombardi Trophy on stage at the end of it, points be damned.
Since that point, many members of the losing squad have spoken to the media about the various ways they’ve dealt with the defeat. McVay himself admitted to getting “outcoached” by Belichick, as well as perhaps over-preparing a bit too much in the weeks leading up to the game.
Recently, he even shed a little light on how he coped with the emotional aspects of Super Bowl 53 – and his honesty might surprise you. When asked if there was anything specific he did to deal with the loss, he muttered simply, “Yeah, a lot of drinking.”
It’s not the most P.C. answer you’d expect to hear from an NFL head coach; you’d better believe we’ll never get a soundbyte like that out of Belichick, no matter how acerbic, dry, and blunt he might be at times with the media and reporters.
Still, it’s a humanizing look at a young coach that many football fans have come to respect and even idolize as one of the brightest minds of tomorrow. Even Sean McVay, offensive mastermind and architect of one of the NFL’s strongest teams, needs to blow off some steam like the rest of us every now and then – especially when it comes to those post-Super Bowl 53 blues.