THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rams head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Brett Rypien each held press conferences with local media on Wednesday, discussing the latest on quarterback Matthew Stafford's status, preparing in the event Stafford can't play, and more.
On Thursday, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and wide receiver Cooper Kuppmet with the media, discussing preparing for a Packers offense without Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, impressions of Green Bay's defense and more.
Here are some of the highlights and key takeaways from those conversations:
"It's one of those details that you give him up until right before the game." – McVay
- Stafford (thumb) remains day-to-day, according to McVay, and the Rams will use all the time necessary before determining whether he'll play against the Packers.
- Stafford did not practice on Wednesday.
"The day went good. It's nice to get some reps finally with those guys." – Rypien
- While Stafford remains day-to-day, Rypien is preparing as if he'll be the starter on Sunday.
- Should Rypien get the nod on Sunday, it would be his fourth career start.
"I'm kind of happy we don't get to see him." – Donald
- While this is the fourth trip to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers in three calendar years, it marks the first time in the McVay era that the Rams will be taking on a Packers team without Aaron Rodgers as its quarterback.
- "Obviously they got a young quarterback back there," Donald said. "So we just gotta try to do our job and make our plays."
"They like me better, so." – LaFleur
- When it comes to who the LaFleur parents root for between Mike and Matt, Mike indicated it's not even a question.
- Mike said this will be the seventh time he and Matt have coached against each other.
"It's great (not to be seeing Rodgers)." – Morris
- Like Donald, Morris is happy to not have to worry about gameplanning for a Rodgers-led Packers offense.
- In terms of Rodgers' successor, Jordan Love, Morris said you can tell from watching tape that Love learned a lot from Rodgers.
"I think that's the the goal is always to make the quarterbacks life easier." – Kupp
- Kupp doesn't feel any added responsibility to make Rypien's life easier, because they trust Rypien and his preparation.
- "It's just about doing your job," Kupp said.