UPDATE: The Los Angeles Rams have made history by hiring Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay, making the 30-year-old the youngest head coach in NFL history. McVay turns 31 later this month.
Boom! Welcome to Los Angeles! pic.twitter.com/BpoppYtSvV
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 12, 2017
Previously, Lane Kiffin was the youngest NFL head coach in NFL history when the Oakland Raiders hired him. That did not end well.
McVay started as an offensive assistant in Tampa Bay in 2008 and eventually landed in Washington. In 2014 McVay became the offensive coordinator and the Skins have racked up more yards on offense since that time than all NFL teams apart from four.
In Los Angeles, McVay will face the challenge of turning around an offense that finished dead last in the NFL two years in a row. The Rams selected QB Jared Goff with the first overall pick in the 2016 draft, trading up to do so, but he failed to get on the field for months and when he finally did, he was mediocre-to-awful. By far, the most important job McVay faces in LA is turning Goff into a franchise quarterback.
McVay has studied football virtually his entire life — his grandfather was John McVay the San Francisco 49ers executive who was part of five Super Bowl champions in the 1980s and 1990s.
Sean McVay became a WR coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008 when Ken Demoff, the Rams’ COO, was with the Tampa franchise. After spending one year in the UFL, McVay joined the Skins as a TE coach and worked his way up.
So, now the Redskins, who are already missing a defensive coordinator, must now replace coordinators on both sides of the ball. It is not clear if Washington would go outside the organization to replace McVay or if they would simply promote QB coach Matt Cavanaugh — who has already been an offensive coordinator — or OL coach Bill Callahan — who has been both an offensive coordinator and a head coach at the college and pro level.
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Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay, 30, has reportedly done very well in interviews for head coaching jobs in San Francisco and Los Angeles and now a report has surfaced saying he will be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.
He was candidate for #49ers HC
— 49ers 24/7 Insider (@FarisSportsTalk) January 12, 2017
Source: Rams probably will not be interviewing Kyle Shanahan. They’re zeroing in on Sean McVay, though nothing is finalized yet.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) January 12, 2017
Meanwhile, ESPN is reporting:
Sean McVay, the 30-year-old Redskins offensive coordinator who took part in his second interview on Wednesday, remains the favorite for the vacant head-coaching job, a source told ESPN.
I suspect the recent success of QB Kirk Cousins, partially under the tutelage of Sean McVay, has a lot to do with interest in him from the Rams, who desperately need to develop QB Jared Goff, who performed poorly in limited work after being the first overall pick in the NFL Draft in 2016.
McVay reportedly blew the Rams away in the first interview, and now it appears as if the job is his to lose.
If McVay is hired, he would bring long-time head coach Wade Phillips with him as his defensive coordinator, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday. That would be an appealing prospect for the Rams, who saw their former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, take a job with the Browns. Phillips most recently oversaw a Super Bowl-winning defense in Denver.
But McVay is the draw, regardless of his youth.
McVay — grandson of former 49ers general manager John McVay — has packed a lot of NFL experience into a short amount of time and has quickly become a hot commodity. He began as assistant wide receivers coach with the Buccaneers in 2008, while Kevin Demoff, the Rams COO who is leading the head-coaching search, worked in the front office. McVay then coached receivers in the now-defunct United Football League in 2009 and joined the Redskins in 2010, progressing from assistant tight ends coach to offensive coordinator. In his three years as offensive coordinator, the Redskins gained the fifth-most yards in the NFL. And in that time, McVay has been credited with the ascension of quarterback Kirk Cousins.
So, it appears very likely that the Redskins will soon need to replace two coordinators, not just the one, Joe Barry, they fired last week.
It’t not clear if Washington would go outside the organization to replace McVay or if they would simply replace him by giving the job to QB coach Matt Cavanaugh — who has already been an offensive coordinator — or OL coach Bill Callahan — who has been both an offensive coordinator and a head coach at the college and pro level.