Sean McVay: Kyle Shanahan isn’t in my head

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Sean McVay has a 55-26 regular season record as the Rams head coach, but his success has not extended to the team’s games against the 49ers.

They’re 3-7 against their NFC West rivals over his five years on the job and they carry a six-game losing streak against the Niners into Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Kyle Shanahan, who McVay once worked under in Washington, has been the coach of the 49ers for all of those contests and that led to a question for McVay on Wednesday about whether Shanahan is in his head.

“No,” McVay said, via 49ersWebzone.com. “What I do have is respect for these guys. They’ve done a great job. You look at it, you’ve got to play well in that three-and-a-half hour window that we’re allotted. You look at the last time we played them — didn’t finish the game. But this is a really good football team. We have a lot of respect for them, but we’re competing and preparing to the best of our ability to see if we can advance. But this is a really good team. Kyle’s an excellent coach. He’s got great players, great coaches, good schemes, so that’s why they’re in the NFC Championship.”

The losses haven’t followed any particular script. The Rams gave up a 17-0 lead to the 49ers in a Week 18 loss, but they lost a one-sided affair in Week 10 and the entire run has seen them lose in a variety of ways. As long as that continues, questions about whether there’s a mental aspect to their on-field imbalance will continue to come McVay’s way.

25 responses to “Sean McVay: Kyle Shanahan isn’t in my head

  1. Rams also chocked up a 3 possession lead last week to the Bucs. If not for the lowly Cardinals in the wild card they’d be in trouble.

    49’ers 21
    Rams 18

  2. That why you trotted into the end zone like a giddy school girl last game? Looked to me like it was a premature release of pent up frustration from the last 5 defeats.

  3. The Rams have the most stacked roster in the playoffs. But I just don’t see them beating the 49ers.

  4. If you have to say someone isn’t in your head, it’s probably a good bet they are definitely in your head.

  5. He was asked if Shanahan was in his head yes or no. He said No. but when your 3-7 against him stuff like that gonna be brought up.

  6. As a Raiders fan I hope the 49ers beat the Rams. Just so they can lose the Super Bowl for a third time.

    Ah the days of “49ers are undefeated in Superbowls” are long gone.

  7. cakesw says:
    January 27, 2022 at 6:45 am
    If you have to say something isn’t in your head….

    It’s in your head.

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    Even when someone asks him that specific question? how does that work?

  8. therealraider says:
    January 27, 2022 at 9:55 am

    As a Raiders fan I hope the 49ers beat the Rams. Just so they can lose the Super Bowl for a third time.

    Ah the days of “49ers are undefeated in Superbowls” are long gone.
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    Thats why I hope the Rams win cause if the Niners win I see them getting spanked hard by the Chiefs or Bengals. I think the Rams would give a better game, maybe even win it. The Niners could easily beat the Rams ugly then get blown out in the SB when they have to score a lot of points to keep up. I really dont want to see that.

  9. Um, I think Sean just answered a question. LOL. Rams- Chiefs would be an incredible super bowl. The other possibilities, not so much.

  10. Nobody is spanking the 49ers. They already beat the Bengals at their house, and had the Chiefs beat in the Super Bowl and then let them off the hook!

  11. Apparently the 49er fans party in your head they way you whine.

    Love how the 49er fans are all that and a bag of chips. When exactly was the last time they won THE BIG game? With Jimmy Hair, that ain’t happening.

  12. kaepurnicus says:
    January 27, 2022 at 11:35 am
    Nobody is spanking the 49ers. They already beat the Bengals at their house, and had the Chiefs beat in the Super Bowl and then let them off the hook!

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    Yeah, and it’s also notable that Shanahan has the distinction of presiding over the biggest blown lead in a SB versus the Pats in 2016, and also being the only coach to *ever* blow a lead in a Super Bowl to Andy Reid — among the worst late big game coaches in NFL history.

    So there’s that.

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