Quotes & Notes 1/8: Goff and Talib agree on leaving a playoff legacy

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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“You can expect to see a good balance of both — some different things that maybe gets those guys on the field.”

-HC SEAN McVAY
  • Head coach Sean McVay said he expects running back Todd Gurley to practice this week in preparation for his second-career playoff game — but that doesn’t mean he won’t look to running back C.J. Anderson for meaningful snaps against the Cowboys.
  • Last week, Gurley said, “he's been doing better than me,” when asked about Anderson’s production with the starter’s Week 16 and 17 absence. Anderson rushed for at least 130 yards in each of his two games as a Ram. Week 16 against the Cardinals, Anderson finished with 167 yards rushing — one-yard short of his career high.
  • Prior to backup running back Malcolm Brown’s season-ending clavicle injury early Week 14, Gurley rarely split significant time with the backup. Gurley played at least 85 percent of snaps in seven games with a healthy Brown on the bench, including Week 10 against Seattle, when the reliable back played 100 percent of the offensive snaps.

“The whole goal is when ‘30’ is out, we don’t want to miss a beat.”

-RB C.J. ANDERSON
  • Anderson used the word ‘super’ to describe his comfort level after just a few weeks in McVay’s offense and said his playoff experience should help in ensuring the unit doesn’t stall without Gurley on the field.
  • Anderson’s provided starter-caliber support without Gurley to close the regular season, but his efforts have come against the last-ranked Cardinals run defense — which allowed 154.9 rushing yards per game this season — and the 49ers, who also allowed north of 100 yards per game on the ground.
  • Dallas offers on of the league’s top run defenses, ranked No. 5 allowing just 94.6 yards per game. The defense limited the Seahawks — the league’s top rushing team — to 73 yards in the Wild Card round.

“We’ve got to pick and choose our spots and I think this team has the right mindset.”

-HC SEAN McVAY
  • By the time the Rams take the field on Saturday evening in the Coliseum, the team will have not played since its Week 17 win over the 49ers on December 30th.
  • McVay called balancing getting healthy, and trying to remain physical in the time off as a “great challenge” on Tuesday afternoon.
  • The Rams rested nearly all of its offensive starters for the full month of preseason action before starting the season 8-0. Additionally, the Rams came off its 12 days of no gameday action for the Week 12 bye and beat the Lions 30-16 in Detroit to clinch the NFC West.

“I think he’s done an excellent job of learning from that experience.”

-HC SEAN McVAY
  • It is yet to be seen how quarterback Jared Goff will fare in his second-career postseason appearance, but the head coach seemed pleased with what his young quarterback has taken from last season’s early exit.
  • McVay said Goff is better equipped to play at a higher level — citing the signal caller’s physical improvement and increased understanding of the two-year old system, and how defenses work to stop it.
  • Goff’s played some of his best games in the brightest spotlights since losing to Atlanta in the Wild Card round in 2017. Goff set a career high in both yards passing (465) and in touchdowns (five) on Thursday Night Football in Week 4 against the Vikings. On Monday Night Football against the Chiefs, Goff had 413 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Check out photos of the Rams taking on the Cowboys throughout the years.

“The guys that win in the playoffs, and win late in the playoffs, and do good things in December and January are usually the ones that are remembered.”

-QB JARED GOFF
  • Goff agreed that playoff success is an important piece of leaving behind a legacy as an NFL quarterback four days before his second postseason game.
  • The Cal Berkeley product posted a 259-yard, one-touchdown performance in his debut playoff game a season ago — a game that Goff said he was more excited than nervous to play in.

Check out photos from practice as the Los Angeles Rams prepare to face the Dallas Cowboys in Divisional Round.

“You want to be popular and get your name out there, make a couple plays in the playoffs — you’ll be there.”

-CB AQIB TALIB
  • Cornerback Aqib Talib said the playoffs serve as a measuring stick for all 22 ahead of his ninth-career playoff game.
  • Talib confirmed that he was speaking from experience, possibly recalling his six passes defensed as part of the Broncos’ ‘No Fly Zone’ defense that gave the All-Pro corner his Super Bowl 50 ring in 2015.
  • Talib’s 35 interceptions is No. 2 across all active players, however the defensive back has never picked off a pass in the playoffs.

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