Sean McVay: Players know exactly “what our standards are” for behavior

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Rams head coach Sean McVay was at an awards ceremony in Kansas City on Saturday and that meant he got asked about the team’s agreement to trade for Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters.

That trade can’t become official until March 14, which limited McVay’s ability to answer without violating the league’s rules on tampering. McVay said Peters is a “great player” but didn’t have any other comments about the move or the cornerback.

McVay was able to speak more freely about something that was a concern for Peters in Kansas City. Peters was suspended for a game last season due to his behavior during and after a game and such concerns likely contributed to the Chiefs’ decision to trade a young and talented player at this point. McVay spoke in general terms about how the Rams handle their players.

“These are grown men, and it starts with the mutual respect that exists, where they know it’s about developing and building relationships,” McVay said, via the Kansas City Star. “If we’re going to ask our players to be coachable, we’ve got to be coachable as coaches as well. That displays an ownership and an accountability that we try to all have and makes the players more receptive to the messages we try to implement. … They know exactly what the expectations are, what our standards are, and they know what it is to do it the right way.”

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald was also at the event and counseled that McVay’s smile shouldn’t fool anyone because “he’ll get after you when you do something wrong.” The Rams surely hope that won’t be necessary with Peters this year.

22 responses to “Sean McVay: Players know exactly “what our standards are” for behavior

  1. DUH,of course all players know the rules, bad behavior = suspension.
    Peters will play a few games then get suspended then move on.

  2. Coach, they are not grown men yet, they are young men that have been coddled through life for the most part because of ability. Just because they play pro football and make tons of money, deservedly so, does not make them grown men. They need discipline and structure more than ever with the fame fortune and time on their hands. Best of luck to you and your career your off to a great start!!

  3. Andy Reid never figured out how to deal with big personalities see TO and Donovan as perfect examples. Peters will fit in fine in LA.

  4. Has anyone come the the realization that this may not be a done deal yet? And if it is a done deal, why are the teams being so quiet as to the compensation? My feeling is that there is a Rams player involved, maybe Robert Quinn, and the Rams are getting cold feet.

  5. happy1114 says:
    February 25, 2018 at 9:40 am
    Coach, they are not grown men yet, they are young men that have been coddled through life for the most part because of ability. Just because they play pro football and make tons of money, deservedly so, does not make them grown men. They need discipline and structure more than ever with the fame fortune and time on their hands. Best of luck to you and your career your off to a great start!!

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    No, they are grown men now. However poorly some of them may be prepared to be a grown man, they still are one and are as much accountable to behave like one as anyone else.

  6. “These are grown men, and it starts with the mutual respect that exists, where they know it’s about developing and building relationships,”

    Yeah, some of them are. Some of them will always go around claiming that while acting like children. I’m sure Marcus Peters knows the rules. He just doesn’t care. He’s going to do whatever he wants regardless of your rules. You are going to have fun with Peters. Good luck with that.

  7. Doug Pederson should have been at that awards ceremony instead of McVay – but he was home polishing the Lombardi Trophy and getting fitting for his SB Championship ring. Bummer.

  8. Now if the Rams could only get Uncle Marshawn away from the Raiders before they play this year, we won’t have to endure more craziness on the field.

  9. Rams 19th overall ranked defense is gonna be scary now??

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    Safe to say “jackedupboonie” is not Russell Wilson’s PDT user namer.

  10. “Coaches have to be coachable as well?” Ugh. I hate post-modern PC gobbledygook like that. But I’ll give McVay a pass. He seems to know how to stroke the players that need it while still running a tight ship. Whatever he’s doing the results speak for themselves.

  11. Peters is going to be the Terrell Owens of cornerbacks. Awesome talent, locker room cancer. I predict he won’t stay with one team for more than 4 years and then they will get tired of his antics and tell him to move on. No doubt he can help a team but what a lot of people fail to realize is he doesn’t tackle. If I was an OC I would run sweeps to his side all day long and watch him trying to get out of the way.

  12. Yes, they know how to act the question is will they? He was a problem in college and at K.C. so why does anyone, head coach or fan, expect this to be any different? The Rams are trying to win now so they can fill the new stadium and that philosophy is fine, IF it works. The problem becomes paying all these guys in the next year or two for a fan base that has limited interest, win or lose. Take a look at last year’s attendance for a city the size of Los Angeles. The attendance was slightly more than St Louis where they couldn’t win if their life depended on it.

  13. Maybe Peters will mature as some have written. If not, McVay might want to let everyone know what he thinks about getting his leg humped. Reid didn;t seem to care for it.

  14. League rules about tampering? For a trade? How come these mysterious rules didn’t apply a month ago when the Chiefs traded Alex Smith to the Redskins? All of you guys in the media were trumpeting it – speculating on what the Redskins compensation to the Chiefs would be for a full day. Alex Smith apparently knew he was being traded and openly talked about it on ESPN. Every football-centric site in the world was yakking about it, guessing what KC would get in return.

    Then the teams announced the complete terms and everybody in the world had something to say about the trade.

    What’s changed?

    There’s tampering if a team goes after a guy who’s gonna be a free-agent (Chiefs/Maclin/Eagles) – AND league fine/penalty.

    There’s no tampering if a team interviews another team’s coaching staff (Eagles interviewing Peterson when Chiefs were in playoffs) NO league penalities.

    Now nobody can talk about a certain dead sure trade? Gimme a break already.

  15. happy1114 says:
    February 25, 2018 at 9:40 am
    Coach, they are not grown men yet, they are young men that have been coddled through life for the most part because of ability. Just because they play pro football and make tons of money, deservedly so, does not make them grown men. They need discipline and structure more than ever with the fame fortune and time on their hands. Best of luck to you and your career your off to a great start!!
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    Yes – this, exactly. Any time people are treated differently, put in a bubble where they are told they are “special”, there’s the potential for them to believe that the rules of society don’t apply to them. This is true whether it’s athletes, celebrities, CEOs, politicians, etc.

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