3. The Los Angeles Rams are very well coached
When you have a deep, talented team like the Los Angeles Rams, it takes small blunders in close games to lose the first game of the year. While it is not a guarantee that the Rams will win all 16 games, it is a guarantee that the talent alone will make sure that the team is in every single game.
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The thing about the Rams, though, is that the team is so well coached that it is hard to see them making a boneheaded decision or a bad play or mismanaging the clock. Sean McVay knows what it takes to win and trusts the talent on the field.
Take the game in Seattle for example. Most coaches would have punted the ball away with 1:39 left in the game on a fourth and one. Not McVay, who opted to go for it, picked up the yardage and was able to put the game on ice.
McVay is not the only great coach in the coaching staff, either. Wade Phillips is one of the best defensive minds in football and has been handed this insanely stacked defense to work with. And while the defense has not been great the last three weeks due to injury, the team knows when to bend, not break and when to take its chances.
To go undefeated you need great coaching. Even a team full of Pro Bowlers could lose a game if coached poorly. Bill Belichick and Don Shula are the only two undefeated NFL coaches. Belichick will eventually join Shula in Canton and the two coaches combined have seven Coach of the Year awards.
McVay already has one Coach of the Year award under his belt despite only having one season as a head coach. While it is way too soon to compare him to Belichick and Shula, McVay is already one of the league’s smartest football minds.