Sean McVay’s observations are a window into how far the Los Angeles Rams have fallen

The head coach spoke as if he were managing a Pop Warner team instead of the defending Super Bowl champions. His post-match comments were appropriate for a recreational league, rather than the highest level of football.

Welcome to the wobbly world of Sean McVay as he grasps for straws in a Los Angeles Rams season that continues to find the side of a mountain, nose first.

Their latest tally was Sunday’s 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs for their fifth straight loss. The Rams in last place are 3-8 and if this isn’t rock bottom, one can see it from here, minus binoculars.

“I’m proud of the way those guys competed, snap in and snap out and we’re going to try and build on that,” said McVay.

Competing is one thing, winning is another. In the NFL, the former is a given and the latter a must.

“There are no moral victories,” McVay said.

So to say the Rams compete is admirable, but for an NFL coach to brag about it is faint praise. A year after winning Super Bowl 56, LA expected to build on its success rather than fall flat.

But that’s the Rams’ lot in life and to call this a Super Bowl hangover is doing a disservice to hangovers. A franchise itching to start a dynasty is frail and disappointed.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford (neck) and wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) are down, the ailing offensive line wears name tags due to turnovers, and the running game is equal parts gimpy and cantankerous — hello, Cam Akers.

So the Rams are moving on after making McVay one of the NFL’s highest-paid coaches this year, at an estimated $10 million a year. Unfortunately, all that dough means squatting with a team that’s among the worst in the game.

There were some bright lights on defense on Sunday that kept the Chiefs on five of their six forays into the red zone. Wide receiver Van Jefferson caught a touchdown pass, the first of third-string quarterback Bryce Perkins’ career.

But the real news is that the Rams have lost more games in a season, with a month left, than in any other year since McVay arrived in 2017.

The real problem is what are the Rams going to do about it? This year is shot and next year’s star-laden roster is already about $5 million above the salary cap before the first snap.

Wheeler-deal general manager Les Snead also has no choice in the first round, which is not surprising for the win-now Rams. Others point out that the team has six picks, but if you look closer, you’ll see that four are completed once the fifth round begins.

The Rams will get better immediately when Stafford, Kupp and the last to end up on the sideline, wide receiver Allen Robinson (foot), get better.

Although Stafford, who has $130 million in guaranteed money, has a slot to roll it back for his 14th season after missing two of the past three games with concussion symptoms.

And will McVay return after seemingly flirting into retirement after last season? A number of media outlets tried to shower him with a mind-boggling contract worth millions and it is a contract without a coach’s headache.

Time will tell and even the worst clock is right twice a day. The Rams, as bad as they are, overshadowed that with three wins.

But they are underdogs on Sunday when they face the visiting Seattle Seahawks and finding remaining games in which the Rams will be favorites will be a challenge.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. That mantra might hold true at some levels of football, but certainly not in the NFL.

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