Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay downplayed the incident between Jalen Ramsey and Taylor Rapp. Ramsey was spotted punching teammate Rap during the first quarter of the Rams' 20-19 win over the Baltimore Ravens. “I think it’s healthy to be real with each other,” McVay told reporters after the game.
Ramsey was spotted striking Rapp accros the helmet in the huddle in the first quarter.
Safety Jordan Fuller also downplayed the incident. “We try to talk it out (in the moment) and hash it out. We got bigger things to handle, game plan stuff, adjustments. Everybody was able to focus and squash everything.
Sometimes tempers flare. (It’s) grown men who really, really want to win," Fuller told reporters.
The Rams won despite the Ramsey and Rap scuffle
The Rams scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to go 20-19 up and then prevented the Ravens from scoring a game-winning field goal or a touchdown.
The Rams sit at 12-4 and they are preparing for the playoffs. Meanwhile, Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp will have several history-making opportunities when the Rams face the San Francisco 49ers in their regular season finale on Sunday.
"We're in a new age of football here," Kupp said. "We're playing 17 games of football a year, and a lot of the stuff that happened before that, those records hold a different weight, being that they were played in those 16 games."
Kupp is on track to become the fourth player during the Super Bowl era to lead the NFL in receptions, touchdown receptions and receiving yards. "It would be a pretty incredible thing," said Kupp, who would join the company of Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice (1990), Sterling Sharpe (1992) and Steve Smith (2005).
"There are a lot of good football players in this league, a lot of really good receivers who I've got a ton of respect for, so it would be very cool." Kupp kept it humble while speaking about his chance to make history on Sunday.
"What those guys did in 16 games, it wouldn't seem right to, I don't know, for those to be broken in 17 games," Kupp said. "It wouldn't hold the same weight to me as it does for guys that have done that in a 16-game season and the accomplishments those guys had and the seasons they put together. Those are incredible things, incredible accomplishments. You kind of have to separate the two."