Rams fight traffic, open up SoFi Stadium to fans last week
June 17, 2021
The Rams welcomed their first 30,000 fans to Sofi Stadium last Thursday on the final day of minicamp. Neither the frustration of combating Los Angeles' traffic nor having his words twisted by reporters could steal the joy of Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay.
The practice marked the first time Sofi hosted Rams fans to watch their team. The joy and amazement of the fans and team felt as warm as clean sheets fresh out of the dryer; however, the day's celebration was not without hiccups.
After recently lauding quarterback Matthew Stafford at a Super Bowl Host Committee press conference, coach McVay insisted on clarifying remarks he felt were taken out of context by reporters.
"I am very excited," said McVay. "I have been in a good mood because of the confidence I have in this team. But by no means is that a slight to anybody like Jared (Goff), who has done a phenomenal job for the last four years here. I hated that I even have to address that, but I do think out of respect for him and all of the good things he's done. I am in a good mood, but that doesn't mean it's not because we're working together, or because of just Stafford exclusively. There's a lot of good things going on that I feel really good about and I'm confident about."
Rams players sat in traffic for over two hours, which delayed the team's final practice time. Coach McVay was a little perturbed by the congestion throughout the city.
"Guys that left at 2:45 and did not get here until a little past 5, so that was the reason we bumped it back," said McVay. "Feel terrible but I am appreciative of our guys. Man, it's good to be back in person but not good to have this damn traffic. But yes, that was a major, major issue and that was the reason we had to bump everything back an hour and why I trimmed off the last 30 minutes of practice."
Despite the day's snafus, the Rams are comfortable with how they have worked out their qualms at quarterback by trading for Stafford. To keep McVay happy, they will have to turn their attention to ensuring that their players can get to the stadium in time for games.
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