Quotes & Notes 1/18: Why have the Rams performed well on the road under McVay?

Following each practice, Quotes and Notes will bring you what was said, who said it, and what it means for your Los Angeles Rams.

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“When you go into some of these environments where the crowds are great, they’ve got a huge home-field advantage — I think that’s kind of that us against everybody else mentality. The guys kind of embrace that.

-HC SEAN McVAY
  • Loud music could be heard from inside the Rams media workroom at the Thousand Oaks practice facility throughout the week as the L.A. prepares for the championship atmosphere in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
  • The Rams are 13-3 on the road in two seasons under head coach Sean McVay. The team lost in a noisy U.S. Bank Stadium to Minnesota last season in the only road loss of 2017. The Rams lost on the road dealing with raucous environments to the Saints and Bears in 2018.
  • On Wednesday, Rams offensive line coach and run game coordinator Aaron Kromer — a former running backs, offensive line, and interim head coach in New Orleans — said the loudest he ever heard the Superdome was in the 2009 NFC Championship game.

“I think that was the game plan last time, we just didn’t execute as well as we wanted to.”

-DL MICHAEL BROCKERS
  • Defensive tackle Michael Brockers said the Rams pass rush will roll out the same game plan of trying to get pressure on the quarterback Drew Brees as it did in Week 9.
  • Brockers and the Rams went without a sack in the game, but defensive tackle Aaron Donald was able to lay four hits on the future Hall of Fame QB.
  • Brees has taken at least two sacks in four of his last five games. Brockers has one sack this season.

“I think we jell together well on the road and have that mindset of us against the world.”

-QB JARED GOFF
  • Quarterback Jared Goff and his head coach are on the same page entering New Orleans.
  • The Rams have had success on the road, but Goff’s numbers don’t necessarily reflect it. The former Golden Bear threw nine interceptions on the road to just three in the Coliseum in 2018. Additionally, Goff completed six percent fewer of his passes on the road than at home in his third season, and threw 12 fewer touchdowns.
  • Goff finished his first go around in New Orleans with 391 yards passing, three touchdowns, and one interception.

“Take care of the football, distribute the football, be smart with it, and win — that’s what you want to do as a quarterback is win.”

-QB JARED GOFF
  • Perhaps contributing to L.A.’s 6-2 road record despite Goff’s depleted road numbers, is the team’s ability to make plays in crunch-time situations. And the fact that by and large, the Rams have avoided turnovers.
  • Goff agreed with Brockers on Friday, saying not much has changed going up against the Saints and defensive end Cameron Jordan for the second time.
  • Goff hit seven different receivers with just one interception in the second quarter when Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone made an impressive play on a Goff pass.

“You just can’t get frustrated with his completions — he’s going to complete the ball.”

-S JOHN JOHNSON
  • Second-year safety spoke for the back end of the Rams defense on Friday, saying Brees is going to get his in NFC title game — his completions at least.
  • And Johnson is not wrong. Brees led the NFL with a 74.4 completion rate in his 18th NFL season. Brees was on par in his 14th-career playoff game, going 28-of-38 (73 percent) against the Eagles with 301 yards and two touchdowns.

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