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Sean McVay Has Message For Bill Belichick After Viral Reaction To Patriots Pick

Sean McVay and Bill Belichick shake hands after the Super Bowl.

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Head Coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams and Head Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shake hands at the end of the Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

On Thursday night, a video of Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay reacting to the first-round pick of the New England Patriots went viral.

The Patriots selected University of Tennessee - Chattanooga offensive lineman Cole Strange with the No. 29 overall pick. Some viewed it as a reach, which helped McVay's comments gain some steam.

"How about that? And we wasted our time watching him thinking he'd be at 104 maybe," McVay said. He was obviously joking, but felt the need to apologize anyway.

"I wish that it wouldn’t have gotten misunderstood,” McVay said via Pro Football Talk. “It was more of a reflection of, I was actually giving Les some, you know, a hard time because when we started watching him, I think we both were in agreement, there’s no way he’d be there because we like the player so much.

He then offered an apology to Belichick:

"If there’s anybody that has more respect for Coach Belichick, what he’s done than I do, I’d like to see him, because I have tremendous respect for this profession, for the players that play at this level, and I would never want it to get misunderstood for Cole Strange or the Patriots organization that anything but respect for the player. That was my reaction and any misunderstanding was my fault for the way that I probably communicated that."

An apology probably wasn't necessary, given nearly everyone on social media knew he was joking.

However, McVay obviously has a ton of respect for Belichick and wanted to let him know he meant no ill will with his comments.

The Rams eventually drafted an offensive lineman of their own at pick No. 104 - their first pick of the draft.