Sean McVay Rejects Old Football Thinking

The Rams coach will rest his starters Sunday despite the seeding implications.

Another NFL Week 17, another rising of an age-old question: should playoff teams rest their starters? This year is unique in that several teams could choose to rest their starters instead of playing for seeding, according to Bleacher Report. Leading the wave is young Sean McVay, the 31-year-old Rams coach, who plans to rest his starters instead of attempting to secure the NFC’s third seed. Should the Rams win as a fourth seed in round one, they would face an ideal matchup against the injury-depleted Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round. The Steelers, likely the AFC’s second seed but with a shouting chance at the first seed, and the Chiefs, either the AFC’s third or fourth seed, seem to be considering McVay’s new protocol.

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