Sean McVay’s observations shed light on just how far the Los Angeles Rams have fallen

The head coach spoke as if he were managing a Pop Warner roster in place of the defending Super Bowl champion. His post-game remarks were appropriate for a recreational league rather than the highest level of football.

Welcome to Sean McVay’s shaky world as he grasps at straws in a season for the Los Angeles Rams, who continue to find the side of a mountain nose-first.

Their last meeting was Sunday’s 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs for their fifth straight loss. The last-placed Rams are 3-8 and if that’s not the bottom you can see it from here minus binoculars.

“I’m proud of the way these guys have snapped in and snapped out and we’re going to try to build on that,” McVay said.

Competing is one thing, winning is another. In the NFL, the former is a given and the latter a must.

“There are no moral victories,” McVay said.

To say the Rams compete is admirable, but for an NFL coach to brag about it is feeble praise. A year after winning Super Bowl 56, LA expected to build on its success rather than fall flat.

But that’s the Rams lot in life, and calling this a Super Bowl hangover doesn’t do the hangovers any favours. A franchise itching to start a dynasty is coy and depressed.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford (neck) and wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) are out, the battered offensive line has name tags because of their turnovers, and the running game is equal parts gimpy and grumpy — hello, Cam Akers.

So the Rams are moving on after making McVay one of the highest-paid coaches in the NFL this year, reportedly equivalent to $10 million a year. Unfortunately, all that dough means crouching with a squad that’s among the game’s worst.

There were some bright lights on Sunday as the defense pinned the Chiefs on five of their six trips to the red zone. Wide receiver Van Jefferson caught a touchdown pass, third-string quarterback Bryce Perkins’ first in his career.

But the real news is the Rams have lost more games in a season than any other year since McVay’s arrival in 2017, with a month to go.

The real problem is what will the Rams do about it? This year is filmed, and next year comes the star-laden roster, which is already roughly $5 million over the salary cap prior to his first snap.

Wheeler Deal general manager Les Snead is also without a first-round pick, which isn’t unusual for the win-now Rams. Others point out that the team has six picks, but a closer look reveals that four of those will be completed once round five begins.

The Rams immediately get better as Stafford, Kupp and last to land on the sidelines, Allen Robinson (foot), recover.

Although Stafford, who has $130 million in guaranteed money, is on a suspension to scale it back for his 14th season after missing two of the last three games with concussion symptoms.

And will McVay return after seemingly flirting with retirement after last season? A range of media outlets tried to lavish him with an incredible multi-million dollar contract and it’s one that comes without the headache of coaching.

Time will tell and even the worst clock is right twice a day. The Rams, bad as they are, have eclipsed that with three wins.

But on Sunday, they’re underdogs when they face the Seattle Seahawks, and finding all the remaining games where the Rams are favored is a challenge.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. This mantra may apply at some levels of football, but certainly not in the NFL.

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