On the day when the San Diego Chargers announce that they’re moving to Los Angeles, the Rams stole back the town’s headlines as they are reportedly going to hire Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay as their new head coach.
Sean McVay will be named the next coach of the LA Rams, according to a source familiar with the search @nflnetwork
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 12, 2017
This is an exciting day for the Los Angeles Rams as we welcome Sean McVay as our new head coach,” Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a release. “The accomplishments and success that he has rendered in less than a decade in our league are remarkable. I am confident in his vision to make this team a consistent winner and to ultimately bring a Super Bowl title home to Los Angeles.”
McVay is a historic hire as he becomes the youngest head coach in NFL history as he’ll turn 31 years old on January 24. NFL Media is reporting that McVay will receive a five-year deal.
If you’re looking for an endorsement of McVay, look no further than Redskins starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has turned into a very solid starter who will receive a huge payday of his own in the offseason.
“He’s done a phenomenal job game-planning all season, barely getting any sleep day in and day out to make sure he has the best possible game plan, understands the defense that he’s attacking inside and out and getting guys in a position to be successful,” quarterback Kirk Cousins said Jan. 2, per Chris Lingebach of CBS DC.
Over the past two seasons, Cousins has thrown for over 9,000 yards, with 54 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.
The elephant in the room is that the Rams were desperate to try to make a “splash” type of hire. When none of the big names like Gruden and Cowher bit on the offer, they decided to make history by hiring a head coach who is younger than 19 NFL quarterbacks.
McVay replaced former Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin as the youngest ever by roughly nine months. Other modern era names on the list include Raheem Morris (Tampa Bay, 32), David Shula (Cincinnati, 32) and Josh McDaniels (Denver, 32).
It’s not impossible for a young coach to make it as John Madden (Oakland), Don Shula (Baltimore), Jon Gruden (Oakland), Al Davis (Oakland) and Bill Cowher (Pittsburgh) each won championships while starting out in their 30’s. Unfortunately in today’s game, it seems tougher than ever. The head coach is more of a manager of people and coaches. It’s not that McVay won’t have his players respect being that he’s taking over a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004.
The most difficult part for him will be making the transition from coaching to being a manager. The head coach is responsible for things that happen that he may not even know about. He’s a figurehead and a leader and it’s a lot for any first-time head coach, especailly one that was born in the year Dirty Dancing debuted.
The good news for the Rams is that McVay can not have worse results than the recently fired, still bitter Jeff Fisher. Expectations are low thanks to the Fisher regime and it’s likely that McVay will have some leash as he learns his craft.
He seems like an outgoing, overachiever but history tells us that this hire will likely not receive a second contract with the team.