Sean McVay
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Sean McVay

Sean McVay
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McVay with the Rams in 2019
Los Angeles Rams
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1986-01-24) January 24, 1986 (age 33)
Dayton, Ohio
Career information
High school:Brookhaven (GA) Marist
College:Miami University (OH)
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
As head coach
Head coaching record
Regular season:32-13 (.711)
Postseason:2-2 (.500)
Career:34-15 (.694)
Coaching stats at PFR

Sean McVay (born January 24, 1986) is an American football coach who serves as the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was the offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins from 2014 to 2016. Upon his hiring by L.A. in 2017 at the age of 30 he became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. In his second year there he took the Rams to Super Bowl LIII, becoming the youngest coach ever to do so and earning him the AP NFL Coach of the Year award.

Early life

Sean McVay was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Tim and Cindy McVay,[1] and raised Roman Catholic.[2] Sean's father, Tim, played football as a defensive back[3] at Indiana University. His family lived in Dayton until Sean was six years old.[4] His grandfather, John McVay, was the head football coach at the University of Dayton from 1965-1972,[5] head coach of the New York Giants later in the 1970s, and served as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers for the team's five Super Bowl championships during the 1980 and 1990s.[6]

McVay graduated from Marist School in Brookhaven, Georgia, in 2004. He was a four-year starter at Marist as a quarterback and defensive back for the War Eagles high school football team. He was the first player in school history to amass 1,000 yards rushing and passing in consecutive seasons. He totaled 2,600 yards rushing and 40 rushing touchdowns during his career and also passed for 2,500 yards and 18 touchdowns, leading the War Eagles to a 26-3 record, including a 14-1 record and state championship his senior year, when he was also named the Georgia 4A Offensive Player of the Year.[1]

College football playing career

McVay attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he played college football as a wide receiver from 2004 to 2007, earning Miami's Scholar-Athlete Award in 2007.[1] He recorded 39 receptions for 312 yards for the RedHawks in his college career.[7] He graduated from Miami in 2008 with a B.S. in Health and Sports Studies.[4]

Collegiate statistics

Sean McVay Receiving Rushing
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD
2005 Miami (OH) MAC FR WR 6 1 6 6.0 0 1 2 2.0 0
2006 Miami (OH) MAC SO WR 12 20 198 9.9 0 5 4 0.8 0
2007 Miami (OH) MAC JR WR 8 18 108 6.0 0 3 23 7.7 0
Career Miami (OH) 39 312 8.0 0 9 29 3.2 0

Coaching career

Tampa Bay

McVay began his coaching career as an assistant wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008 under head coach Jon Gruden.[8]

Florida Tuskers (UFL)

In 2009 McVay was the quality control/wide receivers coach for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (UFL).[9][10]

Washington Redskins

In 2010, McVay was hired as the assistant tight ends coach for the Washington Redskins under head coach Mike Shanahan.[11] In 2011, he was promoted to tight ends coach, a position he held through the 2013 season.[12][13]

McVay with the Redskins in 2014

On January 14, 2014, McVay was promoted to offensive coordinator by new Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.[14] In his first year as offensive coordinator, he turned the team's offense into the 12th-ranked pass offense in the NFL--averaging 268.4 passing yards per game with third-year quarterback, Kirk Cousins--the 17th-ranked rush offense, with 97.9 rushing yards per game, and the 10th ranked total offense in the NFL (a year after the team's offense finished ranked 25th in total offense), averaging 24.3 points per game and 353.8 total yards per game.[15] In 2016, the passing offense ranked third best in the NFL with 297.4 yards per game, while the rushing offense ranked 20th, averaging 106.0 rushing yards per game. The 2016 offense finished 3rd overall in total yards and 11th in points, averaging 403.4 total yards per game and 24.8 points per game.[16]

Los Angeles Rams

On January 12, 2017, McVay was hired to become the 28th head coach of the Los Angeles Rams at the age of 30 years, 354 days. The hiring made him the youngest head coach in the NFL's modern era, surpassing Lane Kiffin, who was 31 years, 259 days old when hired by the Oakland Raiders in 2007,[17] and the youngest since the Rams hired 27-year-old Art Lewis in 1938.[18]

On February 8, 2017, Matt LaFleur was hired as McVay's offensive coordinator. He had previously worked under McVay in Washington, though McVay called the offensive plays.[19]

2017 season

On September 10, 2017, McVay made his regular-season head coaching debut against the Indianapolis Colts, and led the Rams to an impressive blowout 46-9 victory in a home game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.[20] Following a 27-20 loss to McVay's former team, the Washington Redskins, the Rams pulled off a close 41-39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football and turned a 16-24 deficit into a 35-30 upset victory over the Dallas Cowboys, but the Rams eventually recorded another loss to NFC West division rival Seattle Seahawks at home. Regardless, in just five games, the Rams offense scored a total of 142 (later 151) points, a league leader and a franchise high.[] The Rams went on to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road and the Arizona Cardinals in an NFL International Series game for the team's first shutout win since 2014, as well as raising their record to 5-2 for the first time since 2004 (the last time the team made the playoffs)[21] and a first-place lead in the NFC West. McVay coached the Rams to a blowout against the New York Giants in their highest-scoring game, a 51-17 victory, raising the Rams' record to 6-2. The Rams would win another home game against the Houston Texans by a score of 33-7 to raise their record to 7-2, which was their best record of the season since 2001.[]

In Weeks 11 and 12, the Rams lost to the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 24-7 but won at home against the New Orleans Saints 26-20 to raise their record to 8-3. In Week 13, on the road the Rams faced the Cardinals and won 32-16 for their first winning season since 2003.[22] The next weeks: Week 14, Week 15, and Week 16, McVay had two victories over the Seattle Seahawks in a 42-7 blowout game and the Tennessee Titans in a close 27-23 win although he still lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 43-35. McVay's first season with the Rams has seen them dramatically improve their record from the 2016 season and the team's first winning season and division title since 2003 and its first playoff berth since 2004. In the process, the Rams became the first team to have the top scoring offense in the league a year after finishing with the lowest the previous year.[23]

McVay made his playoff head coaching debut against the Atlanta Falcons, but the Rams lost in the Wild Card Round by a score of 26-13. [24]

On January 19, 2018, McVay was named NFL Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.[25]

2018 season

Offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur left his position with the Rams on January 30 to move up to play-caller as O.C. for the Tennessee Titans.[26] He was not replaced.[27][28]

The Rams started the season 8-0, their best start to a season since 1969,[29] but they lost in New Orleans to the New Orleans Saints in Week 9 by a score of 45-35 to fall to 8-1. After defeating the Seattle Seahawks 36-31 in Week 10, the Rams beat the Kansas City Chiefs 54-51 in Week 11 on Monday Night Football in a highly-anticipated matchup that was originally scheduled to be played in Mexico City, but was shifted to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions.[30][31]

Following a bye week, the Rams traveled to Detroit and defeated the Detroit Lions 30-16 to clinch their second straight NFC West title.[32] McVay then endured his first losing streak as a head coach as the Rams stumbled in back-to-back losses to the Chicago Bears (15-6) and the Philadelphia Eagles (30-23), both on NBC Sunday Night Football.[33] Los Angeles bounced back to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 31-9 and San Francisco 49ers 48-32 in the final two weeks to finish the regular season with a 13-3 record, tied for the second-most wins in franchise history.

In the Divisional Round, the Rams defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Los Angeles on January 12, 30-22. The following week in the controversial NFC Championship Game, the Rams beat the Saints 26-23 in overtime on a game-winning field goal by Greg Zuerlein in overtime to send the Rams to Super Bowl LIII, their first NFL championship appearance since Super Bowl XXXVI. At age 33, McVay became the youngest head coach to lead his team to the Super Bowl.[18][34] and lost to the New England Patriots by a score of 13-3.[35]

2019 season

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
LAR 2017 11 5 0 .688 1st in NFC West 0 1 .000 Lost to Atlanta Falcons in NFC Wild Card Game
LAR 2018 13 3 0 .813 1st in NFC West 2 1 .667 Lost to New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII
LAR 2019 8 5 0 .615 3rd in NFC West -
Total 32 13 0 .711 2 2 .500

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Sean McVay has served:

Assistant coaches under McVay who became NFL head coaches:

Personal life

McVay resides in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Veronika Khomyn. They were engaged on June 22, 2019 while vacationing in Cannes, France.[36][37] Chris Shula, the Rams assistant linebackers coach, is also his housemate.[37] McVay's grandfather, John, was also an NFL head coach, having coached the New York Giants from 1976 to 1978 before going on to serve as an executive for the San Francisco 49ers from 1980 to 1996.

References and notes

  1. ^ a b c "Player Bio: Sean McVay Miami University RedHawks Official Athletic Site".
  2. ^ https://www.espn.com/blog/los-angeles-rams/post/_/id/39893/sean-mcvays-super-bowl-homecoming-broken-noses-and-a-beat-up-lexus
  3. ^ "Tim McVay College Stats - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". College Football at Sports-Reference.com.
  4. ^ a b "Miami grad, Dayton native Sean McVay becomes youngest coach in NFL history". Dayton Daily News. Associated Press. January 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "John McVay Coaching Record". College Football at Sports-Reference.com.
  6. ^ Simmons, Myles. "Three Things to Know about Rams HC Sean McVay". therams.com. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Sean McVay College Stats". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Ties between Raiders' Jon Gruden, Rams' Sean McVay go way back - SFChronicle.com". www.sfchronicle.com. September 8, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "FLORIDA TUSKERS". ufl-football.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2009. Retrieved 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  10. ^ Klein, Gary (January 12, 2017). "Rams' Sean McVay: Portrait of an up-and-coming coach". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "A Redskins Look At Sean McVay". www.redskins.com. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "Mike Shanahan's 2013 Redskins staff has produced as many NFL head coaches as wins". Washington Post. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "49ers' Kyle Shanahan, Rams' Sean McVay are forever linked". ESPN.com. September 20, 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "How Sean McVay became the Redskins' offensive coordinator before his 28th birthday". Washington Post. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "2014 NFL Standings & Team Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "2016 NFL Standings & Team Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ Klein, Gary. "Rams hire Sean McVay as their new head coach". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ a b Connley, Courtney (January 18, 2019). "Los Angeles Rams' Sean McVay is the youngest NFL head coach to lead a team to the Super Bowl". CNBC. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Rams name Matt LaFleur offensive coordinator". NFL.com. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams - September 10th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "Cleveland/St. Louis/LA Rams Team Encyclopedia". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ "Rams special teams shine in win over Cardinals". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019.
  23. ^ "Rams making history by going from worst to first in scoring is truly amazing". Ramblin' Fan. January 2, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  24. ^ "Wild Card - Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams - January 6th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ "Rams' Sean McVay named NFL Coach of the Year". NFL.com.
  26. ^ "Titans Name Dean Pees DC, Matt LaFleur OC". TitansOnline.com.
  27. ^ Davis, Scott. "In just 2 years, 33-year-old Rams coach Sean McVay has become one of the most influential people in the NFL". Business Insider.
  28. ^ Mays, Robert (October 4, 2018). "How Sean McVay's Rams Became a Reflection of Football's Boy Genius". The Ringer.
  29. ^ DaSilva, Cameron (October 29, 2018). "Jared Goff makes history as Rams start 8-0 for first time since 1969". USA Today. Rams Wire. Retrieved 2019.
  30. ^ Associated Press (November 13, 2018). "Chiefs-Rams game moved from Mexico City to LA due to field". USA Today. Retrieved 2019.
  31. ^ Dubin, Jared (November 20, 2018). "Rams vs. Chiefs highlights, takeaways: Rams prevail 54-51 as the Game of the Year exceeds the hype". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2019.
  32. ^ "Rams beat Lions, clinch second straight NFC West title". National Football League. December 2, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  33. ^ Dennis, Clarence (December 16, 2018). "Seven Stats: Rams Drop Second-Straight Sunday Night Football Game". Los Angeles Rams. Retrieved 2019.
  34. ^ Sean McVay Explains How Patriots Stymied Rams' Offense In Super Bowl, NESN, February 28, 2019
  35. ^ Graziano, Dan (February 4, 2019). "How the Patriots' defense stymied Sean McVay in Super Bowl LIII". ESPN. Retrieved 2019.
  36. ^ Leitereg, Neal J. "New Rams coach Sean McVay snaps up Encino contemporary for $2.7 million". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017.
  37. ^ a b Silver, Michael (January 3, 2018). "Coaching supernova Sean McVay leading L.A. Rams his own way". nfl.com. Retrieved 2018.

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