Inside the Herd – LA Rams

February 10, 2020

Episode 10

From the players on the field to the crew behind the lens, it takes a wide variety of talent to keep the Los Angeles Rams running. Meet the team's video operations staff that work silently behind the scenes in the latest People Matter video.

Michael Graf:
Really video is the lifeblood of the organization. Players watch it in their meetings with their coaches. Coaches use it to break down the film and game plan for the following. Opponents and scouts use it really to kind of get the best feel on potential talent creating edits or cut ups on our end. It's the small things that really add up. Ideally, the goal is to have them just not even have to think and they could just get into coaching mode. The better access that they have, the better decisions they can make.
Les Snead:
That's a lifeblood of what the coaching staff is doing in terms of game planning and what the personnel staff is doing in terms of evaluating. The answers probably to the test that the coaches are trying to figure out for Sunday's game is all right there on that video. Colby Yanagi:
We manage the digital library of the team so we're able to go through all the film from years past, find those plays, build edits for them, name 'em, so that's easy for coaches to understand what we're looking at. Everything's broken down by who's doing what. You can run searches on specific players and we have those cutups for the players.
Sean McVay:
The video team helps us prepare and in so many ways and really is about helping make sure that the coaches, the players are set up with the right film, the cutups, whatever is necessary to ultimately help prepare and put our players in a position to have a quieted mind on Sundays.
John Johnson III:
I'd say silent but deadly. They don't do too much talking, but anything you need, they'll get it done. We have categories and cutups on our iPad that you wouldn't even think of, like plays after an incomplete pass. Every game of the opponent that we're going to play, every team in the league. Even if we don't play 'em, they have it. We rarely have hiccups, so I say silent, but deadly, because they get the job done without saying too much.
We know, just like McVay says, it's about the team, not about the individual. And you see that lot in the video department. I think we're pretty quiet, but we get the job done. We get what the coaches need and it's not about us. It's not about any glory for us, it's about making sure that the team does well collectively.
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