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    Sean McVay will call plays, fit scheme to players

    Posted by Josh Alper on January 13, 2017, 4:10 PM EST

    The Rams were obviously impressed with Sean McVay’s offensive acumen or they wouldn’t have made him the youngest head coach in the NFL.

    He’ll get a chance to show off that acumen as the team’s offensive play caller. McVay confirmed that he’d be the one responsible for calling the plays at a Friday press conference and said that the plays he’ll be calling will be based on a scheme built around the strengths of players like quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley and wide receiver Tavon Austin.

    “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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    Call me crazy, but isn't this what a good coach is SUPPOSED to do??

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    • #3
      Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
      Call me crazy, but isn't this what a good coach is SUPPOSED to do??
      Youre not crazy, there is a accepted belief that coaches who get to the top level based on their ability should stick with that ability. So if he is that good with playing calling, why give it up? After watching several seasons of the Rams not having an offensive coach or head coach with any sort of play calling ability, this is a refreshing change!
      "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

      Jack Youngblood

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MoonJoe View Post

        Youre not crazy, there is a accepted belief that coaches who get to the top level based on their ability should stick with that ability. So if he is that good with playing calling, why give it up? After watching several seasons of the Rams not having an offensive coach or head coach with any sort of play calling ability, this is a refreshing change!
        I am all for the change here. A HC with his head in the game. Priceless.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by macrammer View Post

          I am all for the change here. A HC with his head in the game. Priceless.
          Think he'll remember where he put the challenge flag?

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          • #6
            I have no problems with McVay calling plays, and after years of dysfunction and no true vision, look forward to an offense with a purpose, a structure, and one that quite frankly, makes sense.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
              Call me crazy, but isn't this what a good coach is SUPPOSED to do??
              What a breath of fresh air for us, eh?

              this will make the draft interesting.
              “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”

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              • #8
                Originally posted by NJ Ramsfan1 View Post
                Call me crazy, but isn't this what a good coach is SUPPOSED to do??
                No, building a scheme around player's strengths would make too much sense.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
                  I have no problems with McVay calling plays, and after years of dysfunction and no true vision, look forward to an offense with a purpose, a structure, and one that quite frankly, makes sense.
                  I'm not sure about that.

                  This scenario didn't work well for Dallas when JG wanted to call plays.

                  How do you be the HC, hire an OC, then not let your OC call plays? Whats the job of the OC then? I would presume that the person designing the offense should have a much more intrinsic view of that offense. If you let person A design the offense, but have person B call the plays I would think you end up with a watered down result.

                  Our last regime of fisher and Boras....that offense didn't seem like it was managed by an offensive minded person. That offense showcased 1970 mentality, which IMO means fisher had too much to say in it.

                  CEO of todays cooperations that are successful trust their people and allocate duties accordingly. For a 1st time HC, being a HC AND OC may be taking on too much.

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                  • #10
                    My first comment isn't specific to whether or not McVay will call plays- a team can be successful either with the head coach calling them or an O-Coordinator calling them. My sarcasm was specifically aimed at the statement about "finding out what our players do best" and then tailoring the offense around that. This is Coaching 101- something Fisher, for all his experience, was never able to do successfully. And that's why he's out of a job.
                    Last edited by NJ Ramsfan1; -01-15-2017, 04:39 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Question, who was our OC when Mike Martz was the head coach? Yeah that's what I thought you'd have to go look it up. McVay was not hired for his head coaching experience he was hired because he's one of the best offensive minds in the game today. Which happens to be our biggest need. McVay will run the offense, Phillips will run the defense and Bones will continue with the special teams. We will hit the ground running.

                      I though it was smart to try and snatch one of the better offensive line coaches in the league in Chris Foerster by giving him the title of OC, because that's all it would have been, at least in the first few years. I hope the Rams use the leverage of the OC title to land another big need O line coach which has been a big failure for us for years.

                      I'd be beyond disappoint if McVay delegated play calling in reading comments from Cousins he has a real good feel for calling plays on game day.

                      “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.”

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Akita Ram View Post
                        This scenario didn't work well for Dallas when JG wanted to call plays.

                        How do you be the HC, hire an OC, then not let your OC call plays? Whats the job of the OC then? I would presume that the person designing the offense should have a much more intrinsic view of that offense. If you let person A design the offense, but have person B call the plays I would think you end up with a watered down result..
                        I would say it didn't work well in Dallas because Garrett was not effective calling plays. It does work with Andy Reid, Sean Payton, Mike McCarthy, Bruce Arians, and has obviously worked with numerous other HC's, including Gary Kubiak, who won a Super Bowl doing it last year. If memory serves me correctly, all these guys started their HC careers calling their own plays.

                        Maybe McVay will be able to make it work, maybe he won't, but he seems like a coach who can be a very capable multi-tasker to me. We'll see.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post

                          I would say it didn't work well in Dallas because Garrett was not effective calling plays. It does work with Andy Reid, Sean Payton, Mike McCarthy, Bruce Arians, and has obviously worked with numerous other HC's, including Gary Kubiak, who won a Super Bowl doing it last year. If memory serves me correctly, all these guys started their HC careers calling their own plays.

                          Maybe McVay will be able to make it work, maybe he won't, but he seems like a coach who can be a very capable multi-tasker to me. We'll see.
                          I'm a bit scared of him biting off more than he can chew, but he seems like a very smart guy. He's surrounding himself with guys who have A LOT of experience and can help delegate. Sure, as the HC he needs to lead the WHOLE team, but we all know why McVay was brought in, and personally I don't think it would be smart to have him not call the plays because that would really minimize the impact he'd have on game day.

                          Fisher was a great leader, and a great guy it seemed, but the play calling was abysmal. I'm hoping these professionals don't need to be coddled and have their notes yanked, smashed together, and whipped in their face (Mike Waufle to Ethan Westbrooks) to get motivated. That's why they'll have positional coaches.

                          McVay needs to have his hands all over this offensive scheme, and I believe the best way to improve quickly and effectively would be to have McVay call the plays himself.

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                          • #14
                            it wasn't only fisher that was the problem, his coaching staff was abysmal...its nice to see a veteran like Phillips willing to work with this guy

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