Los Angeles Rams Wiretap

First Quarter Of SB Had Lower Rating Than End Of AFC Championship

Feb 7, 2019 2:15 PM

Ratings for the first part of the Super Bowl were lower than they were for the fourth quarter and overtime of the AFC Championship Game.

The Super Bowl had its lowest rating since 2009 and many blamed the lack of scoring and the frequency of punts, but it had a low rating from the start.

“When we started the game . . . we were doing a 35 rating in the first quarter,” Jim Nantz, who handled the play-by-play of Super Bowl LIII for CBS, said on Thursday’s Dan Patrick Show. “Our AFC Championship game . . . we had a bigger rating in the fourth quarter and overtime of Kansas City-New England than we did in the first quarter-and-a-half of the Super Bowl. We had less of an audience in the Super Bowl than we did at the end of the AFC Championship.”

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots

Sean McVay: Todd Gurley Was Limited By Opportunities, Not Plan

Feb 6, 2019 8:33 AM

Sean McVay says the game plan going into Super Bowl LIII was to have running backs Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson share the workload against the New England Patriots.

Gurley ended up with 11 touches for 34 yards, while Anderson had nine touches for another 34 yards in the loss.

"We just didn't get a lot of attempts off," McVay said. "So that really ended up being a big result of what ended up happening where neither Todd nor C.J. got involved."

The Los Angeles Rams ran 60 plays, but gained just 260 total yards.

Gurley rushed for 1,251 yards and scored a league-best 21 touchdowns before he was sidelined for the final two games of the regular season because of inflammation in his left knee.

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

Zac Taylor: I'm Not Going To Be Sean McVay

Feb 6, 2019 8:28 AM

Zac Taylor knows he'll face comparisons to Sean McVay as the new head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Taylor spent two years working with McVay as an assistant for the Los Angeles Rams. At 35 and 33, respectively, Taylor and McVay are the youngest head coaches in the league.

"He was an unbelievable resource as the process unfolded," Taylor said. "Any question I had, he was an open book. ... So, no, he wasn't pushing me along. He knew I wanted to be a head coach. And he wanted me to be a head coach. And when the interview request came in, he did sit down and say, 'Here is what I went through. Here's experiences that may help you.'

"But at the same time, if I try to be Sean McVay, I'm going to fail. To be quite honest with you, we're different people. I've learned a lot from him, but I'm going to be Zac Taylor and do the best I can my way. And not my way, it's the Cincinnati Bengals way, right? Everyone's on the same page and we're going to get the most out of everybody here."

Katherine Terrell/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

Los Angeles Had Lower Rating For Super Bowl Than Rest Of Country

Feb 5, 2019 10:21 AM

Los Angeles had an overnight rating of 44.6 for the Super Bowl, which was lower than the 44.9 overnight rating the country had as a whole.

The Los Angeles Rams are in their third season back in California.

For comparison, Boston had a 57.4 overnight rating.

While the number in Los Angeles is lower than typical for a market with a team in the Super Bowl, it was the highest rating for Los Angeles in a Super Bowl since 1996.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Los Angeles Rams

Ratings For Super Bowl Down To Lowest Mark Since 2009

Feb 4, 2019 5:24 PM

Ratings for Super Bowl XLIII between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons were the lowest since 2009 when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals.

The game earned a 44.9 overnight rating compared to 47.7 for last year's game between the Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

The ratings loss ran counter to the gains the NFL made up during the season.

Both the 2017 and 2018 Super Bowls suffered modest overnight ratings declines from the previous Super Bowl, but nothing compared to the major viewership declines the N.F.L. suffered during both of those regular seasons.

The Super Bowl earned a 26.1 rating in New Orleans; last year’s Super Bowl earned a 53.0.

Kevin Draper/New York Times

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, Legal

Sean McVay: I Got Out-Coached

Feb 4, 2019 8:56 AM

The Los Angeles Rams managed just 260 yards of offense in Super Bowl LIII and Sean McVay wasn't happy with himself afterward.

Following the 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots, McVay said: "I got out-coached."

"I'm almost numb ... They did great job but it was mostly result of me doing a poor job calling plays and not giving us a chance to win. I don't know how you ever get over this," McVay said.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Vegas Tabs Chiefs As Early Favorites To Win Super Bowl LIV

Feb 4, 2019 8:50 AM

The New England Patriots have won two of the last three Super Bowls, but the Kansas City Chiefs are the early favorites to win Super Bowl LIV.

The Chiefs have 6-1 odds to win next year's Super Bowl at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

The New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints have the second-best odds at 8-1 at Westgate. No other team has odds in the single digits.

Super Bowl LIV will be played on Feb. 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

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Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Misc Rumor

Todd Gurley 'Felt Good,' Not Bothered By Low Usage

Feb 4, 2019 8:40 AM

Todd Gurley had just 11 touches for 34 total yards in the Los Angeles Rams' loss to the New England Patriots in Super  Bowl LIII.

Gurley is the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

"It's cool, man," he said after the game. "It's a team sport. There's 11 people on the field. Everyone can't touch the ball."

He was limited to five touches for 13 total yards in the NFC Championship Game.

"There was some different situations, you could always look back, certainly that is going to be something I'm sure I'll say, 'I wish I could have got him more involved,'" Sean McVay said. "The film is always a good chance to go back and look at it and I know there is a handful of decisions that I'm going to want back for sure."

Gurley was sidelined for the final two games of the regular season because of inflammation in his left knee.

Lindsey Thiry/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

Patriots-Chiefs Or Rams-Saints Likely To Open 2019 Season

Feb 3, 2019 12:02 PM

The NFL is expected to choose one of the two conference championship games as their 2019 regular season opener.

The winner of the Super Bowl hosts the first game of the next regular season, which would mean either Patriots-Chiefs or Rams-Saints.

There are, however, no assurances that the Super Bowl champion will open the 2019 season at home.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints

Judge Won't Order 'Do-Over' Of Rams-Saints Game

Feb 1, 2019 8:18 AM

A federal judge has rejected a request by two New Orleans Saints ticket holders to force a full or partial do-over of this year's NFC Championship Game.

The request was made after officials failed to call interference or roughness penalties when a Los Angeles Rams player leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the final minutes of regulation time.

Associated Press

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

DeSean Jackson Says He'd Like To Play For Rams
DeSean Jackson is still under contract with the Buccaneers for another season.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Aaron Donald: Los Angeles Is 'A Football Town Now'
Headed to the Super Bowl in their third season back in Los Angeles, the Rams feel like they've transformed the city.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Four Officials From Rams-Saints Game Had Southern California Ties
There is some concern in league circles about the NFL's judgment in allowing four game officials who live in Southern California to work the NFC Championship Game between the Rams and Saints, accordi

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Americans Expected To Bet $6B On Super Bowl LIII
An estimated $6 billion will be wagered by Americans on Super Bowl LIII, according to survey results released Monday by the American Gaming Association.

David Purdum/ESPN

Greg Zuerlein Kept Foot Injury Secret From Rams
Greg Zuerlein strained his planting foot while warming up at halftime of the NFC Championship Game, but elected not to tell the Rams.

Adam Maya/NFL

Brandin Cooks Purposely Dropped Pass Before Game-Winning FG
Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 107 yards in the NFC Championship Game, but it was one pass that he didn't catch that propelled the Rams to victory.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Rams Contend Refs Also Had Blatant Facemask No-Call
A.J. Klein grabbed Jared Goff's facemack, which would have given the Rams a first down on the Saints' one-yard line to take a 24-20 lead.

Greg Beacham/Associated Press

Late Window Ratings Up, Early Game Down For Championship Sunday
New England's win over the Chiefs had a 31.2 overnight rating, which is the highest overnight rating for the evening game since the Giants' win over the 49ers in 2012.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Rams To Wear Blue And Yellow Throwbacks For Super Bowl
The Patriots have worn their white jerseys in every Super Bowl they've appeared in since beating the Seahawks.

Cody Benjamin/CBS Sports

Rams Open As Super Bowl Favorites Before Vegas Flips To Patriots
The Patriots opened as underdogs but that quickly changed with the early action overwhelmingly on them.

David Purdum/ESPN

Sean Payton: Referee Chief Admitted Blown Call
Sean Payton says the NFL's head of officials told him the officials "blew the call" by not penalizing the Rams for pass interference late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

C.J. Anderson: 'I'm The Freshest Running Back' In NFL
C.J. Anderson landed with the Rams late in the season and has flourished.

Nick Shook/NFL

Ratings For Rams-Cowboys Slot Up 23 Percent From Last Year
Fox's telecast of the Rams' victory over the Cowboys drew a 17.9 rating/33 share.

Dade Hayes/Deadline

Chiefs, Rams, Saints, Patriots In Top-5 Offensive DVOA
The combined over/under for both Championship Games is the highest in NFL history.

RealGM Staff Report

Todd Gurley 'Good To Go' Against Cowboys
The Rams expect Todd Gurley to be at full strength when they face the Cowboys on Saturday night.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Bengals To Meet With Two Rams Assistants
Zac Taylor, L.A.'s quarterbacks coach, has also been linked to the Cardinals and Broncos.

Tom Pelissero/NFL Network

Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
The Chargers and Colts rank in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

RealGM Staff Report

Todd Gurley Felt Similar Knee Issues After Week 1
Todd Gurley's knee got better after Week 1, but has yet to more recently.

Lindsey Thiry/ESPN

Todd Gurley Doesn't Practice, Thinks He'll 'Be Fine'
Todd Gurley hasn't practiced due to inflammation in his left knee, but thinks he'll be able to play on Sunday.

Lindsey Thiry/ESPN

Keenan Allen Expected To Play Against Ravens
Keenan Allen, who left last Thursday's Chargers-Chiefs game with a hip pointer, is expected to play on Saturday night, according to a source.