The Rams were off on Sunday for their bye week, but Sean McVay still found a way to be around the game.
With FOX's two NFL pregame shows based out of Los Angeles, the Rams' head coach made his way to FOX Studios to appear on the broadcasts. In the process, McVay got to meet and talk with analysts like former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson and former Falcons and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
"It was fun. It was a great group of guys," McVay said. "I had met a couple of them. Obviously, I had a lot of respect for some of the players and meeting coach Johnson, getting a chance to talk to him.
"That's the one thing that I would say is probably the best part about this job — is the platform it provides to get exposure to special people like a handful of those guys that I got a chance to meet yesterday, kind of pick their brain," McVay continued. "They had some fun with some of the gameshows — we had a good time with that yesterday."
McVay was only at the studios for a couple of hours before taking in the full slated of games back at home. But during the show, the head coach got a bit of a surprise when Vick appeared in McVay's high school jersey. McVay, of course, was named Georgia 4A Offensive Player of the Year after leading his team to a state championship.
"I was caught off guard. I didn't realize they were going to do that," McVay admitted Monday. "Mike was a guy I was huge fan of just growing up in the Atlanta area as a mobile quarterback — kind of changed the way that people had to defend him, because he was so electric as a runner and then he could beat you with his arm as well. They really got things going there.
"It was cool, because I had never got a chance to meet Mike before and just talking to those guys and Greg Jennings," McVay added. "I had met Tony Gonzalez through some mutual friends already, but being able to meet those players and then talk to Jimmy Johnson, you talk to Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw – that a fun experience to be able to have to continue to meet and learn from those guys."
Leading into the bye, McVay had lead he wanted to relax and decompress a bit before returning for the second half of the season. The head coach said he was able to do that over a few days off, also making a trip to Chavez Ravine.
"Really, you look at just traveling as much as we did, just was able to stay at home and relax for a few days," McVay said. "Went to Game 2 of the World Series which, would've liked a different outcome, but what a great atmosphere being down there and seeing those guys compete. It was a great, competitive game. Then, going over to FOX Studios yesterday — but I was able to relax, get away. You enjoy sitting around watching some football and kind of feeling like a fan. That's what we did yesterday."
Now McVay and the Rams are back at their day jobs, preparing for Sunday's matchup with the Giants in New Jersey.
"Traveling on a Friday, we've got to make sure that we have good focus and concentration as we prepare for them starting on Wednesday, because the players will be off again tomorrow and then we'll come back Wednesday and resume our normal schedule," McVay said.
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