Quotes & Notes 1/31: Woods is preparing for the Super Bowl by watching some of the game’s all-time plays

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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“Once you came, you changed things around and we started having a lot of success when you came here.”

-DT AARON DONALD
  • Fifth-year Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald shared his message to his head coach with the world ahead of the pairs first Super Bowl appearance.
  • Donald didn’t record a winning season in the pros until head coach Sean McVay was hired before the 2017 season.
  • McVay won Coach of the Year at the 2017 NFL Honors event and will become the youngest coach to ever roam the sidelines in the Super Bowl just one year later. McVay’s 2018 Rams won back-to-back NFC West titles for the first time since conference realignment in 2002. Super Bowl LIII is the club’s first trip to the big one since the 2001 season.

“Try to stick to my routine and do what I’ve done all year. We’ve played 18 games up to this point and I’ve done a pretty decent job I would say.”

-QB JARED GOFF
  • Quarterback Jared Goff said on Thursday that he’s heard the stories of how difficult it can be to approach gameday and be properly warmed up for the big game with all that will go on inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
  • Goff told reporters he’ll do his best to do what got him to the Super Bowl on game day and is correct in saying he’s done well in his third season.
  • Goff set a career-high in completion percentage (64.9), passing attempts (561), yards (4,688), and touchdowns (32) in 2018. Goff easily surpassed his previous high in passing yards (3,804), recorded last season.

Check out photos from practice as the Los Angeles Rams prepare to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

“Just visualizing making a play, been watching the Larry Fitzgerald play against the Steelers taking down the middle — just watching receivers make plays.”

-WR ROBERT WOODS
  • Wide receiver Robert Woods is doing some preparing of his own before taking the field on Sunday. Woods said he’s been both visualizing making the big play and watching some of the best Super Bowl plays of all time.
  • Woods specifically mentioned Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s 55-yard touchdown reception to put the Cardinals ahead late in Super Bowl XLIII and then former Steelers wideout Santonio Holmes’ game-winning catch in the corner of the endzone in the Steelers’ rebuttal.
  • Woods set a new career high in nearly every receiving metric in his first 1,000-yard season. The former USC Trojan is still in search of his first-career playoff touchdown.

“Got to execute the gameplan, coach Wade is going to call good calls we just got to execute.”

-CB AQIB TALIB
  • Quarterback Tom Brady has logged 44 game-winning drives in his career, which is second to only Saints quarterback Drew Brees. In his final media availability before Super Bowl LIII, cornerback Aqib Talib said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will have a plan in place to prevent Brady from being Brady.
  • Running back Todd Gurley simply listed the names of defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh when asked about what gives him confidence watching the defense in big situations late. Donald has come up with big plays when it matters most all season, as 9.5 of his 20.5 sacks have come in the fourth quarter.

“He’s got great aggressive hands, I think he’s consistently been a guy that shows up in crunch time throughout the course of his career.”

-HC SEAN McVAY
  • Speaking of the Patriots producing late-game scoring drives, McVay seems aware of the threat wide receiver Julian Edelman presents as a marque member of the New England offense.
  • Edelman, who McVay described as “wired to separate” went for 151 yards receiving in the Divisional round and 96 yards receiving in the AFC title game. Brady’s No. 2 target in 2018 caught two-of-three looks in New England’s overtime march to the end zone in Kansas City.

“Bari started walking it’s going to be a great week man, good things are happening this week.”

-CB AQIB TALIB
  • Talib believes a bit of good luck may be out there for the Rams with Super Bowl Sunday just around the corner — by way of his one-year-old son’s first steps.
  • The veteran corner wore a chain with his father’s picture in the medallion at his podium and said the most important thing he learned from his father, who passed away in 2012, was how to be a good dad.

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