The fourth-year head coach of the Los Angeles Rams has managed to defeat every version of the Arizona Cardinals he has faced
After a crushing loss to the New England Patriots last weekend, the Arizona Cardinals are in desperate need of a victory. This coming Sunday, the club will be taking on a team that they’re very familiar with. Unfortunately, it’s a squad that the Cards have been thoroughly dominated by in recent times.
Sean McVay, the fourth-year head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, has every right to be feeling confident this week. Since he was hired back in 2017, the 34-year old has never lost to Arizona. Even more alarming is the complete command that McVay’s Rams have had over any version of the Cardinals they’ve been up against.
Back in October of 2017, Los Angeles registered a 33-0 beatdown of the Cards in London, England. Big Red’s offense, under the guidance of former coach Bruce Arians, managed just 10 first downs and 196 total yards that day. McVay’s scoring attack, on the other hand, racked up 425 yards, including 197 on the ground.
Six weeks later, McVay and the Rams defeated Arizona 32-16 at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Redbirds were led by quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who completed 18 of 32 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown. However, Gabbert offered up a first-quarter interception that Los Angeles linebacker Alec Ogletree returned 41 yards for a Rams score.
In September of 2018, the Cardinals took on McVay and the Rams with new head coach Steve Wilks at the helm. The result was another shutout loss (34-0) for the Cards, the second in two seasons versus their division rival. The club’s stagnant offense, led by the awful Sam Bradford, recorded just five first downs and 137 total yards against a stingy Los Angeles defense.
Later that year, on December 23rd, Arizona was trounced once again (31-9) by the McVay-led Rams. Los Angeles was paced on the offensive side of the ball by running back C.J. Anderson, who rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals only highlight of the day was a 32-yard scoring toss from Larry Fitzgerald to David Johnson that occurred during the second quarter.
The Cards inability to cope with McVay continued in 2019 after Kliff Kingsbury replaced Wilks. On December 1st, the Rams throttled the team 34-7 at State Farm Stadium. Arizona did a bit better against the wunderkind head coach four weeks later, but were still on the losing end of a 31-24 tussle at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
In case you’re counting, that six consecutive triumphs for McVay over the Cardinals. It’s a losing streak that someday, somehow will need to come to an end. Perhaps Kingsbury, with a little help from Kyler Murray and the gang, will find a way to put an end to McVay’s supreme dominance over the franchise this in week 13.