McVay took his team’s resilience as a positive when the comeback fell short in the Superdome. The Rams lost to the Saints, but bounced back with a blow-for-blow win against the pesky Seahawks in the Coliseum in Week 10, and then topped the Chiefs in a classic on Monday Night Football in Week 11.
And then there’s the noise — which the Rams can’t quite mimic at their Cal Lutheran facility.
“I think what you can really take away is you get a chance to play that opponent but you also get a chance to feel what a tough atmosphere that is to play in,” McVay said. “I think there’s, a lot of times, fear of the unknown and now that we kind of know what to expect with a great crowd and how that’s going to have to alter some of the things that we’ll do specific to offense and our communication — I think we can use that as a positive.”
McVay also said having cornerback Aqib Talib should help against New Orleans’ well-oiled offense. Talib watched from the sidelines as cornerback Marcus Peters tried to slow Thomas on his career day.
“I think just having him out there, his veteran presence — like we’ve talked about a lot, his ability to communicate, his ownership and his study throughout the course of the week — in terms of just his situational awareness, concept recognition and then most importantly, his ability to communicate,” McVay said. “So, when you get your two guys out there on the edges, I think that will enable us to do some different things coverage wise — be a little bit more flexible[.]”