Super Bowl LIII was a low-scoring affair, leading many to ask the question if it was a failure for Sean McVay’s revolutionary Los Angeles Rams offense.
Heading into Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, the over/under for the contest between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots was set at around 56 points. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the two teams had scored a combined six points.
The low-scoring Super Bowl was a disappointment for football fans that love explosive plays. However, it was probably an even bigger disappointment for Rams head coach Sean McVay. Not only did his team lose 13-3, but his offense wasn’t able to even sniff the end zone.
At only 33 years old, McVay has consistently been praised as a revolutionary offensive mind. He’s been blessed with a talented offense that has included the likes of Todd Gurley, Jared Goff and Brandin Cooks, but his play designs have really opened things up for Los Angeles.
By the end of the game, the Rams had only racked up 260 total yards and only 14 first downs. Todd Gurley was held to just 35 yards on 10 carries, and Jared Goff was under a ridiculous amount of pressure the entire game.
To be fair to McVay, his offense was going against a head coach in Bill Belichick who has made a career out of shutting down offenses in big games. This has been the case since he was a defensive coordinator with the New York Giants, and it’s why the Patriots have been so successful for decades.
There were plenty of factors as to why the Rams offense struggled, but at the end of the day all that matters is results. It can be considered a failure for McVay, but that doesn’t mean that the Rams can’t get back to the Super Bowl again in the next few years.