As the rest of the NFL searches for the "next Sean McVay," Rams running back C.J. Anderson says he has only had one other coach who compares to him:
Anderson, who rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns in Los Angeles' 30-22 NFC Divisional win over the Cowboys on Saturday, has seen a revival of sorts of his career under McVay since joining the Rams on Dec. 19.
He was asked by Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer what impresses him most about his new head coach and his answer included some high praise for the new head coach of the Jets.
"What people miss is him at 4:30 in the morning. When I pull up and I see his car already parked-and I'm there at 5:30-you know the preparation that Sean goes through. Super cerebral. Smart. Understands the game," Anderson said. "I think the biggest thing he does, he listens to the players. He listens to myself and [Andrew] Whitworth and what we say. And Jared [Goff], even though he is the ultimate play-caller. I think that's what people want and what people are trying to grab.
"There's only one other coach that's been like that for me, and that was Adam Gase. [McVay] and Adam Gase are probably the two smartest coaches I've been around when it comes to planning and preparation and trying to put their matchups together and their team in the best position."
Anderson, 27, played for Gase in his first two years in the NFL when the new Jets head coach was the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.
The running back had the best season of his career under Gase in 2014 when he rushed for 849 yards and eight touchdowns to earn his only Pro Bowl selection.
Gase's hire last week was met with some skepticism after he struggled as head coach of the Dolphins the last three seasons.
He received high praise from current Jets players and CAA-represented players, the same agency that represents Gase.
But Anderson is represented by Peter Schaffer of Authentic Athletix, so it will be difficult poking any holes into Anderson's comments.