Sean McVay: Cam Akers needs an increased level of urgency, accountability

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Earlier this week, Cam Akers said everyone would see Thursday night how healthy is. Health isn’t an issue; maximizing his opportunities is.

Coach Sean McVay challenged the running back to do just that after Akers played only 12 snaps in the Rams’ opener against the Bills.

“No matter who you’re talking about, you want to see guys do the little things the right way, compete with and without the ball,” McVay said, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “There were some instances where there were some positive things and some things that he can do better, but we want to see just an increased level of urgency and accountability snap in and snap out from him.”

Akers had three carries for no yards. Starter Darrell Henderson played 54 snaps and ran for 47 yards on 13 carries and caught five passes for 26 yards.

Akers might have seen even fewer chances if not for the early ankle injury to Kyren Williams.

With Williams out 6-8 weeks, the Rams will need Akers to backup Henderson.

McVay said he knows what Akers is “capable of,” which is why he’s confident Akers will be “that guy that we’ve all seen at the right moments as this season continues to progress.”

“We’ve all seen how talented and what a special player this guy’s capable of being,” McVay said. “And I want to see him reach his highest potential. And that’s really all there is to it. It’s not about anything other than when he and Darrell [Henderson] are playing at a high level, I feel really good about those two guys at running back for us.

“And the opportunities were minimal. There were some things that within each of those individual plays that I think that we can be better collectively, starting with me, then to the players around him, but also with Cam. And so it’s more of a reflection of the confidence that I know what he can be and I’m confident that he’ll be that guy that we’ve all seen at the right moments as this season continues to progress. And that’s our job to help get it out of him.”

Akers missed most of last season after tearing his Achilles, returning in time to play the regular-season finale as well as the team’s four postseason games. In the 2021 postseason, he rushed for 172 yards and caught eight passes for 76 yards. He didn’t look like he did in 2020 when he had 156 touches for 748 yards and three touchdowns.

16 responses to “Sean McVay: Cam Akers needs an increased level of urgency, accountability

  1. Still can’t believe you guys both picked the rams to win that game. A man could make real good money just betting the opposite of what y’all say.

  2. On the accountability end I just saw a great clip where Akers could have tried to block Phillips as he ran in and crushed Stafford but instead Akers turned the other way and ran! Just might be why he didn’t see the field much after that…

  3. Think he’s referring to the missed pass block where Stafford got clobbered.

    Wouldn’t even be fair to call it a miss. Akers just bailed out, wanted no part of it.

  4. I’m sure that Cam Akers didn’t appreciate his coach calling him out to the media. How much is he supposed to show in only 12 snaps? There’s plenty more blame to go around for this blowout. It certainly wasn’t just one guy…

  5. The Rams went all in last year and won a title.
    This year the wheels fall off.
    Two starting O-lineman are already injured and out for the next few weeks and that’s after that same line getting thoroughly trucked by the Bills, their quarterback is dealing with a bad elbow and looked turrible in his first game, their star CB got absolutely embarrassed by Diggs/Allen, and yet McVay only singles out Cam Akers to play with ‘an increased level of urgency’ after he had exactly three carries in their loss.
    All it took was one championship before he became an insufferable coach who doesn’t take the blame for his own shortcomings before blaming other people for his failures.

  6. malcomreynolds says:
    September 10, 2022 at 10:18 am
    “The Rams went all in last year and won a title.
    This year the wheels fall off…. their star CB got absolutely embarrassed by Diggs/Allen, and yet McVay only singles out Cam Akers to play with ‘an increased level of urgency’ after he had exactly three carries in their loss.
    All it took was one championship before he became an insufferable coach who doesn’t take the blame for his own shortcomings before blaming other people for his failures.”.
    —————————————————————
    When McVay or any coach says, “starting with me”, in the below context it means he’s taking responsibility.
    “And the opportunities were minimal. There were some things that within each of those individual plays that I think that we can be better collectively, starting with me, then to the players around him, but also with Cam…”

    The job of any head coach far exceeds Xs & Os. Mentioning a player through the media that a HC feels is underperforming greatly is something coaches have been doing for decades. When it comes to such things I think I’ll go with McVay’s professional working experience and knowledge than a commentator, (like me and you), who doesn’t know what we’re talking about in this particular case.
    Human beings aren’t like cattle or sheep who are simply gathered up and as a group manipulated to do or go where their owners want them to. Some actions work on certain players others don’t. HCs are paid to figure that out. Last I checked fans are not.

    All of us here don’t know anything more about Cam Akers than what we see on the field and get from the media.

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