THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rams head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford each held press conferences with local media Wednesday, discussing the team's decision to trade wide receiver Van Jefferson to the Falcons, the Cardinals' defense and more.
On Thursday, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and wide receiver Cooper Kupp each held press conferences with local media to discuss what they've seen from the Cardinals offense, recent trends on their respective sides of the ball and more.
Here are some of the highlights and key takeaways from those conversations.
"Just want to wish Van Jefferson nothing but the best." – McVay
- McVay expressed gratitude for what Jefferson contributed to the team, and indicated it was a mutual decision to move forward with a trade to the Falcons.
- McVay said this was something the two of them had talked about as a possibility and felt like it worked out for both sides.
"They play with a reckless abandon. I mean, they are flying around off the tape." – Stafford
- Stafford immediate impression of the Cardinals' defense this season is their effort, as well as the unique things they do with their coverages.
- "I'm not sure there's many other teams in the league that are kind of running what they're running in some form or fashion," Stafford said.
"We can't have that as a defense. That's not us. That can't be acceptable. That just doesn't sit well with me, (and) we're gonna fix those things." – Donald
- Donald admitted Thursday that he was frustrated by the way the final 32 seconds of the first half of last Sunday's game against the Eagles unfolded, so much so that it lingered with him until Monday night.
- "We got to try to eliminate that type of stuff," Donald said.
"Last Wednesday when it was the first practice, it was like, 'that's Coop.'" – LaFleur
- Watching Kupp practice last Wednesday was when LaFleur knew the Kupp everyone recognized was back.
- "You could see it right from the get go on Wednesday, and again, it came to fruition for him on Sunday," LaFleur said.
"We'll definitely rely heavier on Kobie (Turner) and some of those younger guys that we have." – Morris
- Rookie nose tackle Kobie Turner is in line for an expanded role in wake of nose tackle Bobby Brown III being sidelined for 5-7 weeks with a Grade 3 MCL sprain.
- Turner has 13 total tackles, 2 QB hits and 1 sack through five games this season.
"Felt good. Physically, felt like I could do everything I wanted to." – Kupp
- Kupp had no limitations from a physical standpoint in his season debut against the Eagles last Sunday.
- At the same time, Kupp said that mentally, there were some decisions from a processing standpoint that he'd like back, but "being able to process something, being able to know what the answer is quickly, that's going to come" with more practice and game reps.