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    Tom PelisseroVerified account
    #Rams plan to start interviews this week with offensive assistants. Among those they've already reached out on: Josh McDaniels, Sean McVay.
    Rotoworld's take...

    Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports the Rams have "reached out" to Redskins OC Sean McVay about their head coaching vacancy.

    McVay should get an interview later this week, but his name is one of many linked with the Rams already this cycle. It is not clear how much McVay has to do with the Redskins' offensive success with Jay Gruden running the show, but the 31-year-old (later this month) clearly has a bright coaching future.

  • #2
    Nick, does the Rams front office get it? Seriously?


    • #3
      This was from Monday Morning QB, back in August...

      He’s the NFL’s Best Head Coaching Candidate. And He’s 30
      Beloved by players and respected by coaches (even those twice his age), Sean McVay has helped build an unlikely offensive power in the nation’s capital. Washington’s play-calling prodigy is now on pace to become one of the youngest head coaches in NFL history

      It’s a Tuesday night in June, and Washington’s football headquarters are mostly empty. It’s been a few hours since the second day of the team’s final minicamp practice wrapped up, and offensive coordinator Sean McVay is in his spacious corner office, watching film on a flat screen. There’s a light tap on the open door.

      It’s Bill Callahan, the coaching lifer who now oversees Washington’s O-line. His eyes are twinkling. Really twinkling, like in a Disney cartoon. He has an idea for a new run play.

      From behind his desk McVay leans forward as Callahan draws on a white board. “And so you know how we usually do this against these defensive fronts?” Callahan says. “Well, OK, OK, OK, follow me here. What if we, instead, were to do this?” He redraws the running back’s path to the other side of the formation, and now his eyes are twinkling even more.

      So are McVay’s. “I love it,” McVay says, adding that Washington could also use it as a check (an audible) at the line of scrimmage. For the next 10 minutes, McVay, the NFL’s youngest coordinator at 30, and Callahan, a month shy of his 60th birthday, go back and forth, rapid fire, about when and how they can practice this new play; what they’ll tell the guards and centers to do; what they’ll tell the quarterback to look for; and how they’ll instruct the running backs to set up the cut.

      Callahan got his first coaching job, at the University of Illinois, six years before McVay was born. He was head coach of the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, when McVay was 16. Asked whether he has any issue working under someone half his age, Callahan quickly answers no. “[He] is in this position for a reason… he’s earned it.”

      And at this rate, McVay won’t be in this position for much longer. Last season, his seventh as an NFL coach and first as a play-caller, he and head coach Jay Gruden took an unproven first-year starting quarterback and turned Washington into the league’s sixth most efficient passing game and 10th highest scoring offense.

      “I’m sure,” says Gruden, “he’ll be a head coach a lot sooner than people think.”

      After Callahan leaves, McVay restarts the film. There are no wife and kids to get home to. He watches spring practice and raves about Kirk Cousins’ underrated quick release. “OK, OK, let’s look at just one more throw,” he says for a fourth time. Jordan Reed catches a touchdown. “Now that’s a dime. Look at that throw! That’s a dime!”

      When the film ends, McVay puts on an old TV copy of the 1981 NFC championship, when Joe Montana and the ***** defeated the Cowboys on a come-from-behind drive, culminating with The Catch. “Look at them march down the field,” he announces. “People think it’s Joe Montana winning this game. No sir. It’s this [smashmouth run play] ‘18-19 Bob!’ Look at all these extra bodies in the backfield. Here’s ‘18-19 Bob’ again!”

      Dwight Clark makes The Catch. All done now, time for dinner?

      “People also forget how much of an opportunity Dallas had after this play,” McVay says, settling in to now watch the forgotten proceeding Cowboys drive. (It ended with a lost sack-fumble on San Francisco’s 44-yard line.)

      Because of McVay’s mannerisms “everyone teases him that he’s Baby Jon Gruden,” says Chris Cooley.

      McVay wasn’t born until four years after the ’81 Niners’ Super Bowl run, but he has a special connection to the team: His grandfather, John McVay, was its VP/Director of Football Operations. That year produced the first of John’s astounding five Super Bowl rings during his 20 years heading San Francisco’s front office.

      Sean, of course, grew up during the back half of his grandfather’s tenure. He lived in Atlanta and played catch with Jerry Rice and Steve Young whenever the Niners made their annual trip to town.

      McVay's grandfather, John McVay, was inducted into the ***** hall of fame.

      “I can remember being around those guys, being around Jeff Garcia and Terrell Owens,” he says. “They were always so great to me. At the time I was so young, you don't realize what a unique and neat experience it was.”

      McVay played soccer as a youth. He took up football formally in eighth grade and went on to be a star option quarterback at Marist High, in Georgia’s ultra-competitive 4A class. “He was like a coach on the field,” says Marist coach Alan Chadwick, who’s been at the school for 30 years. “He saw things that a lot of players don’t see. He felt things a lot players don’t feel. And he was able to adapt and make things happen on his own.”

      An elected captain, McVay after the season would take all of his offensive linemen to the Brazilian Steakhouse Fogo de Chão. “You don’t hear about that very often in high school,” says Chadwick. “You hear about it in college. Maybe in pros.”

      McVay grew up in a traditional two-parent household. His father, Tim, a veteran TV news executive, played safety for Lee Corso at Indiana. There Tim met Sean’s mother, Cindy, who now owns an interior design business and helped her son buy and furnish his first town home after getting promoted to coordinator.

      “Sean’s mom and dad are very comfortable in their skin,” says Chadwick. “And very comfortable in any atmosphere, any situation. Socially. In groups. Speaking in front of people. They’re just such class individuals. And so much of that, you can tell, rubbed off on Sean.”

      When visiting with McVay, you notice the confidence and vibrancy. You also notice the uncanny similarities to Jon Gruden. From the eyebrow cocking to the affirmative nodding and exaggerated, slow-motion hand gestures; it can feel like McVay is flat-out impersonating the Super Bowl winning coach. “Everyone teases him that he’s Baby Jon,” says former Washington tight end Chris Cooley. “His mannerisms are more like Jon’s than Jay [Gruden]’s are.”

      There’s an explanation for that. In 2008, shortly before McVay graduated from Miami (Ohio), where his career as a receiver and return specialist was hindered by injuries, he went to the NFL combine in Indianapolis and interviewed for a job with Jon Gruden, a longtime family friend. Gruden hired him as an assistant wide receivers coach. McVay started immediately after graduating, skipping the graduation ceremony to get to the team’s offseason program.

      After that first year, Gruden and his entire staff were fired—something McVay calls a blessing in disguise. He spent the 2009 season with the UFL’s Florida Tuskers, under head coach Jim Haslett (fired by the Rams after ’08) and with a little-known offensive coordinator named Jay Gruden. The Tuskers started 6-0 and reached the championship, but really, what defined that season for the coaches was the creation of Jon Gruden’s now famous Fired Football Coaches Association (FFCA). McVay spent hours each day in the classroom with Haslett and the Grudens. Reputed football experts from all over were flown in as speakers. Jon ran most of the meetings, and there was nowhere to hide. Attendees had to answer pop questions, get up and draw on the board and think miles outside the box. It was, as Cindy McVay puts it, like getting your masters in coaching.

      Jay even says “I learned more about coaching football in those FFCA meetings than I probably did in seven years working for my brother.”

      In 2010, McVay got an opportunity to interview with Washington’s Mike Shanahan for an offensive quality control job. The conversation transitioned from computers and data processing to actual football, and after a few hours Shanahan hired him on the spot. That year McVay worked quality control and also as an assistant to receivers coach Keenan McCardell. Then, with four weeks left in the season, tight ends coach Jon Embree left to take the head job at Colorado. McVay was promoted, and just like that, Washington had a 24-year-old running its tight ends meetings. In those meetings was the 28-year-old Cooley, a two-time Pro Bowler, and 24-year-old Fred Davis, who had been a second-round pick three years earlier.

      “It didn’t matter where Sean came from, how old he was—the dude knew it better than anyone else,” says Cooley. “He was the best.

      “I remember, in the first week that he took over, I was finally being coached intricately on some of the things that go into the tight end position. He taught every tiny nuance. I wish I would’ve gotten to work with him a lot longer. I loved all the coaches that I played for. I absolutely did. But I would’ve been better if I had worked with Sean for my entire career. I have no doubt about that.”

      Shanahan never had any concerns about appointing such a young coach. “Players want to be taught,” he says. “If you can teach a player something that can keep him in the game, whatever it may be, they don’t care about your age.

      “Getting a chance to watch Sean coach and handle himself, I knew he was going to be a coordinator and eventually a head coach in the National Football League.”

      In 2014, Shanahan was fired and replaced by Jay Gruden, who had been the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati. At his introductory press conference, a reporter told Gruden there was a rumor that he would tab McVay as his offensive coordinator. “Nice, good for Sean,” Gruden said. And that, essentially, was how people learned who the new offensive coordinator was.

      As Gruden explains, “Sean was here with Robert Griffin before I got the job, and with Kirk. He kind of knew the players that we had and the system that they ran. So I could try to transform a lot of my stuff into their language and it would be a smooth process.”

      In 2015, Gruden quietly handed play-calling duties to McVay. Kirk Cousins was the new starting QB after spending the entire offseason working behind Griffin. (A lot of wasted practice reps those turned out to be.) In the second half of the season, Cousins threw for 2,212 yards, 19 touchdowns and two interceptions (passer rating: 126.1). Washington surged to an NFC East title.

      What stood out again and again on film was how few plays the quarterback himself had to actually create. Washington’s system, with its array of formations, intertwined route combinations and zone running game married to play-action, was often defining the plays for him. Schematically, there may not have been a better-designed offense in football. Cousins, to his credit, allowed it to function and prospered under the circumstances.

      “I could be here a long time talking about Sean’s help in my development and his ability to call plays for our offense and lead our offense,” says Cousins. “In the 2015 offseason I was coming off a year when I had been benched halfway through and was going into the next year with the chance to really only compete as a backup. I was a little disappointed with that and Sean was a great encourager through that process, challenging me to stay the course. I think his belief in me and his support and his encouragement was what enabled me to eventually have the opportunities that I had.”

      From a pure strategic standpoint, Cousins explains that “part of the reason our offense has a lot of depth is because a lot of different guys get to touch the ball. That goes back to play-calling and the way Sean aligns players. You have to be creative with [weapons like] Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson. That takes a lot of preparation and creativity and Sean does it on a week-in, week-out basis.”

      Jackson took the rare personal measure of sitting down with an unknown media member to laud his coach. “Sean’s young but he’s still one of those guys that wants everything done right,” Jackson says. “He wants you to pay attention. He wants you to know what you need to do. And he’s very detailed about it. He breaks everything down in meetings. There’s nothing he doesn’t notice. He hits every part of the game.”

      America wasn’t introduced to McVay until last season’s Wild-Card round, when FOX put him on full screen and analyst Troy Aikman sang his praises. Washington lost that day, scoring only 18 points, but that was not reflective of the game-planning. In the first quarter Jackson left a touchdown on the field by failing to explode to the front pylon on a crossing route. (Washington had first-and-goal from the one-yard-line and wound up kicking a field goal. McVay regrets running the ball twice on the first two downs that followed.) On the following series, a designed play-action deep shot got Jackson wide open over the top for a touchdown. However, the TV audience didn’t see that because Green Bay’s Julius Peppers beat offensive tackle Mike Compton around the edge to create a sack for Clay Matthews. People in the NFL noticed it on film, though. The score at that point would have been 12-0 Washington, if not for the sack.

      Only two men in NFL history have become head coaches before age 32: Lane Kiffin with the 2007 Raiders and Harland Svare with the 1962 Rams. Both were short-tenured and neither had a season above .500. Perhaps that’s why McVay is eager but not necessarily antsy to land a head job.

      “What’s absolutely incredible is Sean doesn’t have any ego,” says Cooley. “He will never say he believes he’s great. He knows he’s great at what he’s doing, but he’ll never tell you. He’ll be a head coach. And it won’t be long.”

      McVay frequently uses the word “process” and values the personal growth that “processes” can bring. But another strong season as a play-caller, and NFL executives could stop whispering his name and actually start knocking. Like Callahan did after that minicamp, they’ll find the door open, McVay at his desk, ready to talk football.


      • #4
        Teams doing due diligence on Redskins offensive guru Sean McVay
        Washington's offensive coordinator about to be hot name on coaching carousel
        Jason La Canfora
        Nov 27, 2016 • 1 min read

        Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay is not as well known as many of the other head-coaching candidates likely to interview for jobs this offseason, but league sources said NFL teams weighing potential coaching changes have already begun doing due diligence on him.

        McVay, only 30 years old, is viewed as a coaching prodigy of sorts, and his rapid rise up Washington's staff and continued success with quarterback Kirk Cousins and that proficient offense is drawing rave reviews.

        McVay has been with the Redskins since 2010, coming in as an assistant tight ends coach after spending the previous season in the United Football League. McVay coached Washington's tight ends for two years and has served as offensive coordinator since 2014.

        His play-calling and motivational skills are substantial and his work with Cousins -- a former backup quarterback drafted in the fourth round who has set franchise records the past two seasons -- has generated a strong buzz.

        The trend in recent years has been to hire play-callers and quarterback gurus. While many believed before the season started that McVay might need another year or two, if the Washington offense -- ranked in the top five in many key metrics -- continues on this pace, I'd anticipate McVay getting interview requests from other clubs come January.

        McVay played receiver at Miami of Ohio and his grandfather, John McVay, is a former head coach with the Giants.


        • #5
          Originally posted by RamsFanSam View Post
          Nick, does the Rams front office get it? Seriously?
          If the Rams are interviewing McVay then, yes, they do get it.
          Clannie Nominee for ClanRam's Thickest Poster


          • #6
            I actually really like McVay, but boy, talk about a high risk high reward. This guy is 30 years old. He's the same age as a lot of players. We'll see what happens.


            • #7
              I like McVay, the age thing does not concern me. Lack of head coaching experience does. If he would be willing to keep Williams as DC and possibly Bones as ST coach, I think it could pay off sooner then starting completely over with an experienced HC blowing it all up and starting over. The only thing that is really broken is the offense. If he could come in and put his stamp on it and coach up Goff, Id be good with the signing.


              • #8
                His age turns me off for hiring Him. I'd prefer Mcdaniels whose flamed out once and has worked his way back from the dead. I THINK Mcdaniels can be the next great coach as I believe hes.learned from his issues and csn excel 2nd time through.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rambos View Post
                  I like McVay, the age thing does not concern me. Lack of head coaching experience does. If he would be willing to keep Williams as DC and possibly Bones as ST coach, I think it could pay off sooner then starting completely over with an experienced HC blowing it all up and starting over. The only thing that is really broken is the offense. If he could come in and put his stamp on it and coach up Goff, Id be good with the signing.
                  Must say that I agree with you. Until reading this article I knew nothing about Sean and always wondered if he was related to John McVay as I am a transplanted NY'er. Not that it means anything.

                  While I don't suspect it will happen, I am still thinking the Rams may benefit from an entire FO makeover down through the coaching ranks. Having said that your point about keeping Williams and Fassel aren't the worst thoughts either. Being very young as he is Sean may need the experience Williams offers and allow Sean to focus entirely on the offense. Sometimes I feel we make too much of the coaching staff as the on-field talent is what counts. Getting the right players either via the draft or FA is an important qualification for a coach no doubt.

                  I totally don't want Josh McDaniels. He took Tim Tebow with a 1st round pick. That's all the judgment I need to see.

                  Go Rams!


                  • #10
                    I think this guy is a real dark horse. My friend is a Redskins fan and he raves about him.

                    His only real detractor is his age and experience. I can see the argument of how that could work against him when dealing with players potentially older or the same age as him, but we'll see how he fares in his interview. Rams management might be completely blown away that it won't even matter to them.


                    • #11
                      Sean McVay's interview with the Rams is scheduled for Thursday.


                      • #12
                        I canny put my finger on it but I like this prospect.
                        If he surrounded himself with some good assistants, this could very well be a winner.

                        Keeping the Rams Nation Talking


                        • #13
                          I think a young guy who is passionate about winning, coaching, and the fine details like McVay would bring in a much needed culture change.

                          The only thing is, at such a young age, it is to be determined if he can effectively lead a coaching staff and successfully delegate responsibilities and manage so many people under him.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RockinRam View Post
                            I think a young guy who is passionate about winning, coaching, and the fine details like McVay would bring in a much needed culture change.

                            The only thing is, at such a young age, it is to be determined if he can effectively lead a coaching staff and successfully delegate responsibilities and manage so many people under him.

                            mmmm, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates are 3 I could name that never let age stop them ;)

                            Keeping the Rams Nation Talking


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RockinRam View Post
                              I think a young guy who is passionate about winning, coaching, and the fine details like McVay would bring in a much needed culture change.

                              The only thing is, at such a young age, it is to be determined if he can effectively lead a coaching staff and successfully delegate responsibilities and manage so many people under him.
                              ^^ This is correct

                              I'm all for a young, offensive-minded genius like he is said to be. However, like Rockin Ram says here, he HAS to be able to surround himself with a staff that will be able to support him. Turning the offense around is one thing, and that is something we desperately need. I just hope it doesn't come at the expense of overall poor team management and personnel decision- making. Once he can manage the team just as good as he can help put points on the board, it is fine with me. If he can't, it will be no better of a situation than Steve Spagnuolo, Scott Linehan, Josh McDaniels, etc. Being a coordinator is not as challenging as being a head coach obviously.


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                                * * *
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                                Sean McVay answers the door to his contemporary-style house in Encino Hills, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley northwest of downtown L.A. He moved in a few weeks earlier. His mother, an interior designer in Atlanta, has been furnishing the place. She’s off to a strong—and, to McVay’s occasional astonishment, expensive—start. But her work is far from done. About half of the home’s 4,660 square feet remain bare. McVay lives here with his girlfriend, Veronica, who moved with him from Virginia.
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                                He’s wearing his usual: shorts, t-shirt and running shoes. “Come in, make yourself at home,” he says.
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                                10:01 p.m.
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                                “Pretty cool, huh?” McVay says as he reveals each nook and cranny. He’s too earnestly impressed to be bragging. He grabs a beer and takes a seat near the gas fire table, only to discover that the cushions of his new patio furniture are damp. Oh well. He’s calling...
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                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Demoff on McVay: I close my eyes and hear Jon Gruden
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                                Demoff on McVay: I close my eyes and hear Jon Gruden

                                By Kevin Patra Around the NFL writer
                                Published: Jan. 13, 2017 at 04:49 p.m.

                                The Los Angeles Rams believe they've hired the next Jon Gruden.

                                While introducing Sean McVay on Friday, Rams COO Kevin Demoff gushed about his new coach's excitement, intelligence and maturity.

                                "... There are times when I close my eyes you hear Jon Gruden -- whether it's the cadence, whether it's the hand movement..." Demoff said.

                                McVay began his NFL career under Gruden in Tampa Bay in 2008 before moving to Washington in 2010. He then worked under Jay Gruden as offensive coordinator the past three years. The new Rams coach noted his roots with the Gruden family run deep -- to Jim Gruden Sr. recruiting his father.

                                The 30-year-old McVay became the youngest coach in NFL history on Thursday in a league that is rough on green coaches. Lane Kiffin (31 years old) Raheem Morris (32), David Shula (32), and Josh McDaniels (32) were all young first-time head coaches. None came close to earning a .500 record.

                                The Rams don't fear handing over the reins to a youthful McVay.

                                "You saw (his) maturity," Demoff said of the interview process. "There is a difference between youth and maturity, Sean is very mature. All of these coaches are going to go through experiences for the first time as head coaches that will challenge them. It's their mental makeup and their fortitude that will determine their success."

                                Demoff pointed to several factors that showed McVay was ready to make a leap even at a young age: His ability to call plays for a potent offense in Washington; the ability to relate to the youthful players on his roster (the Rams own the youngest team in the NFL); and the respect he earned from previous players he coached -- Demoff noted many of them called to congratulate McVay on getting the new job.

                                "We knew Sean could be special. But I would say the final check point for me was when Sean came back on Tuesday night and he had dinner with myself and Marshall Faulk," Demoff said. "It was listening to him and Marshall banter back and forth about football and what they had to say, look at each other, watching them walk away and Marshall saying, 'That person can absolutely be your next head coach.' That it was not just about the age of the players he was with, it was about earning the respect of people who are very smart people in the NFL. Marshall is one of the brightest players we have ever come across, certainly in our team's history and in the NFL when you look at what he was able to accomplish. And for us that was the final check mark. Age is not a factor here. This is really about Sean's talents and his ability to lead and communicate and what we think that would do for the Los Angeles Rams."

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                              • ram3057
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                                Can you hear me now?

                                If you’re Sean McVay, the answer is undoubtedly yes.

                                Even though he’s seemingly out of earshot, as head coach of the Rams and roughly 2,600 miles away, his former Washington Redskins players wonder if he can still hear them.

                                “We’d always joke about how well he can hear, and not just in meetings,” tackle Trent Williams said. “Outside of practice, too. You’d hear two guys talking among each other five yards behind him. If it’s a question he could answer, he’d turn around and answer you. It was like, ‘How’d you even hear it?’”
                                The Redskins called it “ear hustle.” McVay, their offensive whiz kid, had relentless ear hustle.

                                “Coach Sean, he’s a big eavesdropper,” tight end Jordan Reed said with a smile. “If you’re talking, he’s listening. He might be looking that way, but he’s listening.”

                                In his head coaching debut last Sunday, McVay made some noise himself. The Rams, who couldn’t find the end zone last season with GPS and a kennel of bloodhounds, scored five touchdowns in a 46-9 rout of Indianapolis. That’s as many points as Los Angeles scored in the first three weeks combined last fall.

                                The Rams play host to the Redskins on Sunday in a game that reunites McVay and the team that afforded him his NFL foothold. He spent seven seasons in Washington, working his way from assistant tight ends coach (2010), to tight ends coach (2011-13), to offensive coordinator (2014-16).
                                He is beloved in that Redskins locker room, and, as it relates to Sunday’s game, somewhat feared.

                                “To go against Sean the first time is kind of nerve-racking,” said Williams, the All-Pro left tackle. “Because I know for a fact he knows everything about everybody on this team that was here when he was here.”

                                Cornerback Josh Norman, another Washington All-Pro, believes McVay took a Sharpie to the schedule the day it came out and circled this game in red.

                                “He’s a fiery guy,” Norman said. “He’s so smart. He’s a magician. As far as offensive minds, he’s young but could probably create something that we’ll see and be like, ‘That’s Sean McVay.’ Just like the West Coast offense. Who created that? Bill Walsh. Sean McVay could add another layer on top of that. That’s scary, but he has the opportunity to do that.”

                                McVay’s pedigree is well known. His grandfather, John McVay, was a longtime executive for the San Francisco 49ers who collaborated with Walsh, the Hall of Fame coach, to build a dynasty with that franchise. The younger McVay would go on to become a high school standout in Georgia as a quarterback and defensive back, play receiver at Miami University in Ohio, then rise through the coaching ranks under Jay Gruden and Kyle Shanahan. McVay was 30 when the Rams hired him in January, making him the youngest head coach in modern NFL history.

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                              • r8rh8rmike
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                                “What I think dictates and determines what a great coach is when you talk about forming an offensive identity, it’s about first let’s figure out what our players do best,” McVay said. “What does Jared do best? How can we maximize Todd and Tavon and our linemen up front?”

                                McVay has not hired an offensive coordinator yet and one candidate, Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster, has been blocked from interviewing for the position. Whoever does get the job will certainly have a hand in putting together the plan for the offense on a weekly basis, but they won’t be the one telling Goff what to run....
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                              • MauiRam
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                                by MauiRam

                                As for the Rams, the Sean McVay hire makes all the sense in the world on paper. Take the 32nd-ranked offense in the NFL and put it in the hands of the man who helped Kirk Cousins grow into one of the most prolific and accurate quarterbacks in the NFL. (If that sounds like an exaggeration, recall that Cousins passed for 4,917 yards last season in Washington, third-most in the NFL, and completed 67% of his passes, good for seventh.)

                                The bigger unknown when it came to McVay,s hiring was how his age (31) would translate into ability to lead and manage a football team of 53 egos and personalities on a middling franchise one year into relocating to the second-most populous city in the United States.

                                Andrew Whitworth took the leap of faith when he left the team that drafted him in 2006, the Bengals, to join the Rams at 35 years old on a three-year, $36 million contract to anchor an offensive line that allowed 49 sacks in 2016. Whitworth is one of two players on the roster who is older than McVay, who was a high school freshman quarterback running the triple option at Marist School in Atlanta when Whitworth was a redshirt freshman at LSU in 2001. Adding Whitworth may prove to be the best decision McVay and GM Les Snead have made early in the process of turning around the Rams, not simply for his pass blocking but for his experience in McVay's offense. The scheme Whitworth learned under Jay Gruden in Cincinnati is, with slight variations, the same one McVay learned under Gruden in Washington. Former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff spends much of his time with Whitworth quizzing him on how Andy Dalton handled certain situations in the offense.

                                In Whitworth's estimation, the message McVay would deliver this summer would resonate and had the potential to set a permanent tone for the season, good or bad.

                                You listen to him talk about defense, offense, special teams and you realize this guy knows football like no other. He's special in that way, Whitworth says. But there's something else that makes him special. I would imagine its very hard for a coach of his age to be as assertive as he has and cover the topics he has in a team meeting setting. Talking about character, about being accountable to one another, focus, discipline, the way we communicate with other.

                                I think it's a great place to start a football team. You see teams that are really successful when guys carry themselves the right way on and off the field.

                                Connor Barwin, another veteran free agent acquired this offseason by Snead, came away similarly impressed with McVay: He's figured out what he believes in and what he wants to stand for and what he wants the team to stand for, Barwin says. That's something that's important, and something somebody might not expect out of a young coach.

                                McVay has introduced in his short time with the football team a theme of competition. Whitworth says it...
                                -07-26-2017, 10:44 AM