THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rams head coach Sean McVay, quarterback John Wolford and linebacker Bobby Wagner each held press conferences with local media Wednesday, discussing quarterback Matthew Stafford being in concussion protocol, Wolford preparing in case he's pressed into action, the confidence being instilled in the players by McVay, and more.
On Thursday, Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Liam Coen held press conferences, discussing players having the space to voice their frustrations, takeaways from the defense's Week 9 performance, what changes need to be made to get the offense back on track, and more.
Here are some of the highlights and key takeaways from those conversations, which you can watch in their entirety below.
"Just try to motivate the guys you've got around you and keep working, keep playing." – Donald
- In the midst of a tough stretch like this, it ultimately comes down to putting your head down and continuing to work in order to get out of it, according to Donald.
- "Still a lot of football left, we still alive, so you got no choice but to keep working, keep trying to find ways to win games," Donald said.
"I give (Derion Kendrick) nothing but credit. How he handled himself, his composure, his mental toughness, his ability to stay connected with his team, and his guys having his back." – Morris
- Last Sunday's game against the Bucs was a difficult spot for the rookie Kendrick to be on, but Morris was pleased overall with how Kendrick carried himself.
- "For a rookie being thrusted out there in those situations versus Tom Brady, you got to give the guy a lot of credit," Morris said.
"Another guy that communicates at a really high level for us up front." – Coen
- If the Rams are able to get Coleman Shelton back this week – Shelton entered the 21-day practice window on Tuesday after being designated for return on Wednesday – it would be a big boost to the offensive line's communication.
- And if the Rams Kyren Williams back – who has been in the 21-day practice window since Oct. 25 – Coen said he's excited to see what Kyren can do.
"You have guys have heard me say it – man has this stretched you in ways that you're going to be better for it, if you handle it the right way." – McVay
- In a season with no shortage of adversity, the latest for the Rams came Wednesday when McVay announced Stafford was in concussion protocol.
- Challenging as this season has been, McVay said it presents an opportunity for players and coaches to learn a lot about themselves. And to that end, he has been "motivated and so encouraged by the way that these guys that continually come back and responded the right way," which you wouldn't learn about without going through difficult times like this.
"If I'm called upon, then there will be pressure, and I gotta handle that, and I gotta do a good job so we can win a football game." – Wolford
- If Stafford is unable to play Sunday, Wolford could potentially be the next man up.
- Asked if he feels more pressure because the Rams are 3-5, Wolford said there's always pressure in the NFL at the quarterback position to perform, regardless of record.
"I think at the end of the day, you gotta let people express themselves." – Wagner
- When it comes to letting teammates be vocal, Wagner said that as leaders, you try to make sure there's no separation – which there isn't – hence the importance of fostering a space where they can be comfortable doing so.
- "There's so much confidence with everybody in the organization that we can turn this thing around," Wagner said.