Rams Interview Sean McVay For Second Time
McVay reportedly impresses enough to get second interview before Shanahan's first
If the head coaching search for the Los Angeles Rams was a race, then Sean McVay is clearly ahead of the pack.
But whether or not he wants to become the leading man at the end remains to be seen.
When the 2016 season ended, and the rumors of Jon Gruden being an actual candidate for the team’s next head coach died down, it was Kyle Shanahan and Josh McDaniels who were the leading men. Both coaches were experienced as offensive coordinators and had the reputations of deep offensive intellect. Even though he was fired, McDaniels was the only man of the two to have experience as a head coach, of the Rams no less, back in 2009.
As we come to the middle of January’s second week however, it appears that McVay is the man the Rams are most fond of.
Multiple sources, including NFL Network’s Mike Silver, have reported that McVay had his initial interview with the Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Silver reported that McVay “crushed” both. In fact, McVay apparently wowed Los Angeles so much that he was called back for a second interview, which is happening as of the time of this report.
This all comes before Shanahan has had his first interview.Although, Shanahan’s first interview with the Rams was delayed due to inclement weather at the time. Still, the time Mcvay has gained with the Rams’ hiring committee, which consists of general manager Les Snead and Rams’ COO Kevin Demoff, could prove to be the deciding factor.
If the Rams hired McVay today, he would be the youngest head coach hired since Lane Kiffin. McVay is 30 years old and will be 31 on Jan. 24.
In those 30 short years, McVay has managed to immerse himself in the language of football with the likes of Jon and Jay Gruden, and former Rams defensive coordinator and interim head coach Jim Haslett.
McVay was hired by Jon Gruden in 2008, right after graduating college, to become an assistant wide receivers coach. Fast forward to Jay Gruden’s hire as the Washington Redskins head coach in 2014, McVay was promoted from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator, and then later given play-calling duties in 2015.
In three years as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator, Washington has gradually finished as the No. 3 offense in the league, and is ranked No. 12 in scoring at the end of 2016. Kirk Cousins has become a franchise quarterback, and the Redskins’ offense has become one of the deepest offenses in the league. Few teams have been able to spread the ball around like Washington has in the last three seasons.
McVay’s football genius has been brought to light over the last year, and if the Rams decide he is the man to lead their team into the next few years, then they will be getting an offensive mind the team has been in desperate need of since maybe Mike Martz.
However, McVay is interviewing with other teams, including the 49ers, a team that has his roots. His grandfather, John McVay, is credited with building the team into a five-time Super Bowl champion.
Tim Godfrey is a Featured Analyst who covers the Los Angeles Rams for Pro Football Spot. Follow him on Twitter @MrTimGodfrey!