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From the Podium: Sean McVay, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald, Mike LaFleur and Raheem Morris preview Week 2 vs. 49ers

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rams head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford on Wednesday each held press conferences with local media, discussing their initial impressions of the 49ers and more.

On Thursday, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and defensive coordinator Raheem Morris shared their takeaways from Week 1 and looked ahead to Sunday's matchup.

Here are some of the highlights and key takeaways from those conversations, which you can watch in their entirety below.

"They've got a new coordinator in Steve Wilks, but there's still a lot of continuity and you saw a lot of similar things that have made them the best, especially on that side of the ball." – McVay

  • San Francisco's defense still looks like the one McVay has been accustomed to seeing over the past several years.
  • The 49ers registered five sacks in Week 1 against the Steelers, led by defensive end Drake Jackson's three.

"I thought Coleman did a great job running the show up there." – Stafford

  • Among the many positives from the play of the Rams' offensive line last Sunday was the command and communication from Coleman Shelton at center.
  • Stafford said the offensive line overall "did a great job" of keeping him clean in the pass game.

"You never know, but I'm pretty sure they're gonna stick to what they were successful with." – Donald

  • Donald doesn't expect any drastic differences in the way the 49ers run their offense, in terms of the way San Francisco operates with Brock Purdy at quarterback compared to Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Purdy was 19 for 29 for 220 passing yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in the 49ers' 30-7 road win over the Steelers last week.

"There's really nothing (Kyren Williams) can't do in terms of protection, pass game, run game. So I believe he's just getting started with where he's at." – LaFleur

  • Kyren Williams is a well-rounded running back, based on what LaFluer has seen.
  • "There's hearing it, but then actually seeing it, and he's a guy that once you tell him once, once he gets one of those reps, he's got that stuff locked in," LaFleur said.

"You're talking about just two young guys that went out and played with great energy, great effort." – Morris

  • Morris was pleased with what he saw in nose tackle Kobie Turner and outside linebacker Byron Young's NFL debuts.
  • Each player recorded half of a sack, while Young finished with four total tackles and Turner two in the Rams' 30-13 victory over the Seahawks.

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