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Rams coach Sean McVay isn't done praising Patriots after Super Bowl loss

Rams coach Sean McVay isn't done praising Patriots after Super Bowl loss

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay has done quite a bit of reflection on his team's loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

Too much, perhaps.

The 33-year-old coach was full of praise for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick before kickoff of Super Bowl LIII, which drew some criticism from Showtime's "Inside the NFL" panel. After losing 13-3 to Tom Brady and the Patriots at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, McVay has not been shy about explaining what went wrong in that heartbreaking defeat. He's discussed the game several times over the last few months.

McVay, despite the preseason already having started, is still talking about the Super Bowl and how the Patriots created an effective game plan.

“When you’ve played in that game nine of the last 18 years—and what a huge amount of respect I have for them—it’s how that time available enables you to be able to get some different things in, if you feel like they’re within the framework of how to win against the opponent, different than how a normal week lends itself to it,” McVay told Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer. “That’s what separates them. They do a good job on a short notice, being able to adjust and adapt their personalities.”

The Rams should again be a top contender in the NFC during the 2019 NFL season. They've returned much of the same roster that came so close to winning a championship last season, and many of the team's top young players, including starting quarterback Jared Goff, should continue to improve. Oddsmakers have even pegged the Rams to return to the playoffs as the favorite to win the NFC West division.

There's a lot to be excited about in Los Angeles, and it would behoove McVay and the Rams to stop talking about the Super Bowl defeat to the Patriots and focus on how they can prevent that type of loss from happening this season. The window to win in the NFL is often quite short, and that requires teams to quickly put disappointing results behind them and stay laser focused on the next challenge. McVay and the Rams need to do that ASAP.

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Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady couldn't contain his disappointment in NFL officiating Thursday night after Titans edge rusher Kamalei Correa was flagged for roughing Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew. 

Here's the play that netted the Jaguars 15 yards during a first-half drive:

For two seasons now, the NFL has been trying to protect quarterbacks from plays where defensive players drive them into the ground on sacks and/or QB hits. Plenty of quarterbacks have suffered collarbone and/or shoulder injuries that cause them to miss significant time, so the league has put an emphasis on calling bigger hits on quarterbacks. 

But sometimes, plays like these don't warrant a 15-yard penalty and players have been expressing their frustration lately. 

Jamal Adams was recently fined for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday Night Football, calling the league a "damn joke" for fining him. And if a quarterback is complaining about a rule protecting quarterbacks, then it's probably time to reconsider how it's being called out on the field. 

Brady and Adams will square off against each other this Sunday when the Jets visit the Patriots in Week 3, so it'll be interesting to see what Adams will do if he has a chance to put a hit on Brady, and how the QB will react if it happens. 

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Josh Gordon appreciative of Patriots' support: 'I love these guys'

Josh Gordon appreciative of Patriots' support: 'I love these guys'

Josh Gordon is settled in and feeling more comfortable than ever in his second year in New England.

It hasn't been the easiest road for the Patriots wide receiver, who was acquired from the Cleveland Browns 12 months ago. Gordon played in 11 games with the Patriots last season before being suspended for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league's substance-abuse policy.

But the 28-year-old has received immense support from his Patriots family through it all, and for that he's appreciative.

“It feels like I am back home," Gordon told reporters on Thursday. "It is a home environment. I love these guys. They corralled around me to support me, showed me love and I appreciate that each and every day that I am here. It is easy to come in and do what I have to do."

Gordon was reinstated on Aug. 16 and immediately made his presence felt in the season opener vs. the Steelers, notching three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown. Through two weeks, he's feeling far more confident with his role in the Patriots' offense.

“Last year was kind of on the fly," Gordon said. "I got traded in the season and had to pick it up as I was going along and with the injury at the same time. It was a lot to take on. This year, I have more familiarity with it, got extra time in the offseason to study what I already knew and when I got in here I was able to pick it up where I left off and even better I would say.

"It is pretty smooth right now.”

So far, so good this season for Gordon as he looks ahead to Sunday's AFC East matchup against the New York Jets.

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