The Rams learned hard lessons in the Super Bowl. What were those lessons and how can the 49ers take advantage of them?
Here’s what both teams should have learned:
1. The vulnerability of the Rams.
Before the Super Bowl, the Rams seemed like they might dethrone the Patriots and become the next dynasty in the NFL. A team that dominates the league and the NFC West and the 49ers for the next 15 years.
Not so fast.
The Rams offense bombed. Scored only three points — tied for the lowest output in Super Bowl history. Sean McVay had two weeks to prepare for the New England Patriots and still had no clue how to attack them. Bill Belichick overwhelmed him.
From now on, everyone who plays the Rams, including the 49ers, will study what Belichick did to their offense and mimic his strategy. Belichick exposed how to shut them down: Play six defenders on the line of scrimmage to stop the run, and play conservative zone coverage to take away the long passes. Force the Rams to make short, quick throws, methodically drive the field and convert on third down, something they don’t do well.
McVay must come up with new plays and counters to augment his offense, because everyone has seen his old stuff for what it is: simple and overrated.
The Rams may not be so great after all. Good news for the 49ers.
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