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Did Sean McVay watch too much film to prep for Patriots in Super Bowl LIII?

Did Sean McVay watch too much film to prep for Patriots in Super Bowl LIII?

In hindsight, it was a rational thought process: To defeat Bill Belichick, the most brilliant mind in football, Sean McVay would have to study as much film as possible.

But is there such thing as preparing too much for a game?

That's what the Los Angeles Rams coach suggested in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit about his game plan for the New England Patriots ahead of Super Bowl LIII.

"In the back of my mind, [when making the Super Bowl game plan back in L.A.], I operated knowing I had another week," McVay told Benoit. "That urgency to completely finalize the gameplan wasn’t quite there, and that led to me watching so much film that you can almost water down your thought process."

McVay said he watched a total of 20 Patriots games: all 18 of their games from the 2018 regular season and playoffs, as well as their previous two Super Bowls. But in all that preparation, the 33-year-old head coach may have missed the forest for the trees.

"You have so much time that you can over-prepare and get away from some of the things that helped you get there," McVay said. "I watched every game from New England’s season. You see stuff that worked in, say, Week 3, but you forget about the amount of stuff that’s taken place since Week 3. You can watch so much film that you lose perspective."

McVay is being a bit hard on himself: As Benoit points out in his story, the Rams did a lot of things right in Super Bowl LIII, especially on defense, where they limited Tom Brady's offense to 13 points.

Then again, there's no comfort in losing 13-3 on the game's biggest stage, and McVay feels like he could have done more ... by doing less.

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"Tom vs Time" receives Emmy nomination for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary

"Tom vs Time" receives Emmy nomination for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary

The start of football season is no longer the only reason Tom Brady will look forward to this fall. 

On Sunday, Brady announced on Twitter that his Facebook series "Tom vs Time" received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary. 

Coming off his sixth Super Bowl championship, Brady can't seem to lose anymore. Of course, we'll see if he takes home the award on September 17, where he'll have to take a break preparing for the Jets to attend the award show. 

As Brady nears the end of his playing career, this most likely won't be the last time we see him up for awards in entertainment. Couple that with his TB12 brand, and the greatest quarterback of all time seems to have a nice retirement plan set up for himself. 

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Take a look at this cool photo of Bill Belichick at the Preakness Stakes

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Take a look at this cool photo of Bill Belichick at the Preakness Stakes

While there won't be a Triple Crown winner this year, Bill Belichick is 2-for-2 in attending the legendary races. 

After spending some downtime with his girlfriend Linda Holliday and Tom Brady two weeks ago at the Kentucky Derby, the future Hall of Fame head coach was spotted at the Preakness Stakes, staring down the eventual winner War of Will before the horse secured its victory. 

You can spot Belichick to the left of the jockey right above War of Will's tail. 

War of Will rebounded from a controversial loss at the Derby, where the original winner Maximum Security appeared to impede War of Will and Country House. The race went under objection review, and Country House was declared the winner while War of Will dropped to seventh. 

With the win, War of Will may have solidified itself as the rightful contender for the Triple Crown even though it will not get the chance to capture the sport's highest achievement. 

And as Field Yates alluded to in his tweet, game recognizes game. 

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