Rams' big defeat to Buccaneers 'a wake-up call for everybody' - McVay
Sean McVay offered no excuses for the Los Angeles Rams' shock 55-40 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, calling it "a wake-up call for everybody".
The Rams went to the Super Bowl last season and started the new NFL campaign 3-0, but they were upset by the Buccaneers in a high-scoring clash at the LA Memorial Coliseum.
Although it was a rare setback for Los Angeles, coach McVay was not looking to evade criticism and accepted responsibility for the loss.
"I'm not going to sit up here and continue to make excuses for why I'm not doing a good enough job," he told a news conference. "I'm just not doing it right now, we're not getting it done.
"We're just going to continue to put our heads down and try to find solutions.
"I think really it's a wake-up call for everybody. Ultimately, it's about finding a way to win football games. We didn't do that today.
"We make no excuses for it and we relish the opportunity to move forward the right way."
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McVay could not identify one specific aspect the Rams needed to improve on, calling on every member of the team to be better.
"There's too many things to really point out one thing," he added. "I think we're all capable of better.
"We continue to fight but, ultimately, it's about finding a way to get it done and we didn't today."
Quarterback Jared Goff threw for a career-high 517 yards, yet he also had three interceptions and his late fumble allowed former team-mate Ndamukong Suh to cap the victory for the Buccaneers.
"I've got to be better," said Goff. "The defense is doing a good job right now - and there was a lot of the game where we were doing a good job.
"We were moving the ball well, we were executing, but we couldn't run the ball effectively and were getting a lot of pressure. There was a lot of good stuff to build on and a lot, a lot of stuff to clean up."