Sean McVay

Sean McVay
McVay with the Washington Redskins in 2014
Los Angeles Rams
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1986-01-24) January 24, 1986
Dayton, Ohio
Career information
High school: Brookhaven (GA) Marist
College: Miami (OH)
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season: 11–5 (.688)
Postseason: 0–1 (.000)
Career: 11–6 (.647)
Coaching stats at PFR

Sean McVay (born January 24, 1986) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). Upon his hiring in 2017 at the age of 30, he became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. He was the offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins from 2014 to 2016.

Early life

McVay was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Tim and Cindy McVay.[1] Sean’s father, Tim, played football as a defensive back[2] at Indiana University. His family lived in Dayton until Sean was six years old.[3] His grandfather, John McVay, is a former San Francisco 49ers general manager, who was involved in constructing the five Super Bowl winning seasons for the team.[4]

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]

McVay attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he played college football as a wide receiver from 2004–2007, earning Miami’s Scholar-Athlete Award in 2007.[1] He recorded 39 receptions for 312 yards for the RedHawks in his college career.[5] He graduated from Miami in 2008.[3]

Coaching career

Early coaching career

McVay began his coaching career as an assistant wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008 under head coach Jon Gruden. The following year, he was the quality control/wide receivers coach for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (UFL).[6][7]

Washington Redskins

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

On January 14, 2014, McVay was promoted to offensive coordinator by new Redskins head coach, Jay Gruden. In his first year as offensive coordinator, he turned the team's offense into the 12th-ranked pass offense in the National Football League (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. 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.

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 Rams had made him the youngest head coach in modern NFL history, surpassing Lane Kiffin, who was 31 years, 259 days when hired by the Oakland Raiders in 2007.[8]

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.[9] Despite a 27-20 loss to McVay's former team, the Washington Redskins nonetheless, the Rams pulled off a close 41–39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers and turned a 16–24 deficit into a 35–30 upset victory over the Dallas Cowboys, but the Rams eventually recorded another loss to 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) 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, which raised the Rams' record to 6–2. The Rams would score another win at home against the Houston Texans with a 33–7 score in the second half to raise the record for the Rams to 7–2 for their best record of the season since 2001. In Week 12, the Rams scored yet another win 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 divisional rival Arizona Cardinals and won 32–16 for their first winning season since 2003. 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 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.

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

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Sean McVay has served:

Personal life

McVay resides in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Veronika Khomyn.[10][11] Chris Shula, the Rams assistant linebackers coach, is also his housemate.[11] McVay's grandfather, John, was also an NFL head coach. He coached the New York Giants from 1976 to 1978.

Head coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
LAR2017 1150.6881st in NFC West01.000Lost to Atlanta Falcons in NFC Wild Card Game

References and notes

  1. 1 2 3 "Player Bio: Sean McVay Miami University RedHawks Official Athletic Site".
  2. "Tim McVay College Stats - College Football at". College Football at
  3. 1 2 "Miami grad, Dayton native Sean McVay becomes youngest coach in NFL history". Dayton Daily News. Associated Press. January 12, 2017.
  4. Simmons, Myles. "Three Things to Know about Rams HC Sean McVay". Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  5. "Sean McVay College Stats". Sports Reference. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  6. "FLORIDA TUSKERS". Archived from the original on August 16, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  7. Klein, Gary (2017-01-12). "Rams' Sean McVay: Portrait of an up-and-coming coach". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  8. Klein, Gary. "Rams hire Sean McVay as their new head coach". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  9. "Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams - September 10th, 2017". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  10. Leitereg, Neal J. "New Rams coach Sean McVay snaps up Encino contemporary for $2.7 million". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  11. 1 2 Silver, Michael (January 3, 2018). "Coaching supernova Sean McVay leading L.A. Rams his own way". Retrieved January 27, 2018.
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