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From the Podium: Packers, Week 15

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rams head coach Sean McVay, linebacker Bobby Wagner and quarterback Baker Mayfield each held press conferences with local media Thursday, discussing facing Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, preparing for the cold weather forecasted in Green Bay for Monday night, and more.

On Friday, Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Liam Coen met with the media to discuss preparing for Rodgers, Mayfield's first week with the team and more.

Here are some of the highlights and key takeaways from those conversations, which you can watch in their entirety below.

"We're going to go to an ice hockey rink. (But) no, it's a different deal (with the weather in Green Bay)." – McVay

  • Asked about preparing for the cold weather in Green Bay – the forecast currently calls for a low of 12 degrees Monday Night – McVay joked about using the above approach and that "if you got an answer for that, I'd love it."
  • "Stay warm, and then when you're out there, hopefully the adrenaline kicks in," McVay said.

"It's like chess. They're watching you just like you're watching them." – Wagner

  • Wagner said it's fun to play against quarterbacks like Rodgers when it comes to that mental battle between linebacker and quarterback at the line of scrimmage.
  • "You're trying to figure out what he sees, what he checks to, get a feel for what their gameplan is for this particular game," Wagner said.

"It's going to be nice for me, just being a really routine guy, it'll be good going into this next game, having a full week of practice and prep." – Mayfield

  • After a whirlwind first few days, Mayfield is looking forward to having a more normal routine this week.
  • "There's little things that I want to try and learn, like what certain terms mean and what it comes from," Mayfield said of learning the offensive playbook. "But when it comes down to it, it's going to be really game plan oriented."

"What Sean says he really means, man, like he's people-first. So in order to give Terrell the best chance to get back on the grass, we decided to part ways." – Morris

  • According to Morris, the decision to waive Lewis came down to the aforementioned belief in a fresh start being best as well as Michael Hoecht getting acclimated to the position, Keir Thomas seeing more playing time at outside linebacker and Daniel Hardy also getting some snaps.
  • Morris also said Lewis – who had been on the injury report with a back injury – probably would not have been active this week.

"It's like cramming for an exam." – Coen

  • The Rams spent a lot of extra time getting Mayfield prepared to play against the Raiders last week, between being at the facility until 11:30 p.m. the night he arrived there, then having another "cram session" Wednesday morning while doing the same with other offensive players as well, then going until 5 or 6 p.m. Wednesday, then getting a little bit more work in at the team hotel Thursday morning.
  • "He was unbelievable, on the screws, and everybody did a really nice job collaborating to get that thing done," Coen said.

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