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  • SI Feature: For Sean McVay, Work-Life Balance Is a Work in Progress

    Too long to copy and paste. Enjoy.

    August 23, 2018

    This story appears in the Aug. 27, 2018, issue of Sports Illustrated.
    “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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    Great read. I hope I do not tempt any fate here, but it seems like the man can do no wrong right now.? With this being said I'm pretty sure that all these plaudits he's receiving haven't gone unnoticed around the league and there'll now be plenty of people looking to take McVay down a notch or two.

    On a different topic, I hope McVay can find the right balance in his life, otherwise, he may well end up burning himself out before too long.


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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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      I have a question. And let me preface it by saying, I've got no evidence of this, nothing substantial, just thinking out loud. So here's my question......What if the word is out on McVay that "You can't tell this kid nothing.". What if McVay was less than agreeable to the sage advice of his elders? What if Phillps and Fassel were more than happy to part ways with the kid? What if the Fassels and the Phillips of the NFL coaching world don't want to work with McVay?

      Well, if so, then McVay's choices would be limited to young inexperienced coaches to fill the void. And here we are.

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