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Sean McVay takes over the Rams

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There’s nothing like another team moving to town to get the Rams to hire a coach.

One day after giving Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay a second interview, the Rams will be making him the youngest head coach in NFL history. The Rams have announced that the 30-year-old McVay will be the next coach of the team.

The Rams were supposedly going to interview multiple candidates twice. They were supposedly going to interview Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel at least once. But with the Chargers coming to town and looking for a coach and possibly deciding to make a run at McVay (and in turn driving up his price significantly), the Rams needed to move, and move quickly.

And now the Rams can use a youthful face and voice to market the team to a city that will be choosing between the Rams and Chargers. And the Chargers, who already are one year behind the Rams in the market, will be playing catch up in an effort to make a splash.

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  1. beavertonsteve says: Jan 12, 2017 4:19 PM

    Here’s to hoping the young guy is more Gruden than Kiffin.

  2. sdcharger123 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:20 PM

    And just like that, Dean Spanos lost the headlines LA after five hours. Gets used to it.

  3. jackedupboonie says: Jan 12, 2017 4:22 PM

    It’s become personal now. Look at these to stellar franchises fighting over a 30 year old captain to steer their floundering taking on water ships.

  4. Rdog says: Jan 12, 2017 4:23 PM

    30 years old, wow. There will be some players that are older than him.

  5. phil325 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:23 PM

    The Rams suck and so does their owner SK.

  6. boss81hogg says: Jan 12, 2017 4:23 PM

    Hope you all Rams fans like three straight fade passes to the same 5 10″ wide receiver in the endzone.

    – Redskins fan

  7. skawh says: Jan 12, 2017 4:23 PM

    The 30 year old gets the job. I wish him well. Talk about an uphill battle. If he can succeed in L.A. he can succeed anywhere.

  8. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 12, 2017 4:25 PM

    Enjoy this fraud and his 1,000,000 fade pass attempts from inside the 5. I blame this joker and fatboy Gruden for Griffin not being our QB.

  9. minson15 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:26 PM

    Hopefully he’s ready for some heat.

  10. hawksfansince77 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:26 PM

    “Love it, was sorry to see Fisher go!” ~Rest of the NFC West

  11. skinsdiehard says: Jan 12, 2017 4:26 PM

    Congrats to Sean! We will miss you in D.C.!

  12. scoreatwill says: Jan 12, 2017 4:27 PM

    I don’t know how long his contract is but I will bet he never completes it!!! This is one of the most dysfunctional teams in the league. If Phillips comes in they will go to a 3-4 but don’t have the personnel for it so it will be at least two years to install it.

    The only good thing for McVAy is that he is now on the “coaching carousel” so he will get other jobs.

  13. dawgturd says: Jan 12, 2017 4:27 PM

    Who? Never heard of him before he started interviewing. I don’t think this will end well.

  14. skinsdiehard says: Jan 12, 2017 4:27 PM

    And he’s got a better QB to work with than RG3…

  15. brunson80 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:28 PM

    Hahaha. Now we have to replace two coordinators, a QB (most likely) and a horrible defense. I love being a Redskins fan…

  16. jeepster77 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:28 PM

    Making a splash?!?….

    More like a THUD!!

  17. realfootballfan says: Jan 12, 2017 4:29 PM

    I’m sure this will go well.

  18. cardinealsfan20 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:30 PM

    Bravo!! Take that you millienial hating idiots! This man has accomplished more by age 30 than you ever will.

  19. flankerright says: Jan 12, 2017 4:31 PM

    Take Kirk with you….

  20. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Jan 12, 2017 4:32 PM

    No chance this works out. Way to young to take over a franchise as bad as the Rams.

  21. Marc in Bakersfield says: Jan 12, 2017 4:33 PM

    I would not say the Chargers are playing catch up. If you have a head start, but you run backwards, you are not ahead. The 2016 Rams season did not increase enthusiasm or support it did the opposite.

  22. enkay85 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:36 PM

    Look past the age – he’s a hell of a coach and a great football mind. I have no idea if it’ll be “too early” for him this go around, but whether or not it works expect him to be a HC again somewhere. Really smart and passionate football mind.

  23. snowdood163 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:38 PM

    Florio, your so obsessed with the “splash” coach hires and all this other frilly crap that truly means nothing to the fan base. Personally, I’d rather my team wait till week 4 of the preseason to hire a coach if that’s what it takes to get the right guy. Not the name that looks the best. Fans care about wins and that’s about it.

  24. inozwetrust says: Jan 12, 2017 4:38 PM

    Good luck in LA

  25. discosucs2005 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:39 PM

    It’s a risky pick obviously. Many great coaches needed a trial one when they were young. That said, I think he’s the best coach available right now, and he’s going into a great situation.

  26. eagleswin says: Jan 12, 2017 4:39 PM

    If the Chargers don’t faceplant their first season they are ahead of the Rams by default.

    Jeff Fisher football was not only bad, it was boring. Kroenke never thought he’d have to put a competitive product on the field to make money.

  27. cheapseater says: Jan 12, 2017 4:41 PM

    I’m really interested to see what this guy can do. It’s hard for a young guy to win the respect of a locker room. He never played in the league but he’s got bloodlines. I wonder how this will go. Glad they rolled the dice.

  28. computojon says: Jan 12, 2017 4:42 PM

    Whether they’ve made a good choice or not will take several years to figure out, but meanwhile we can already figure out that their stated process for hiring a coach — “the Rams needed to move, and move quickly” — is sheer lunacy.

    Hey guys — go find a wife, and quick — it’s gotta be within the few days! Hurry up, find her!!

  29. feckyerlife says: Jan 12, 2017 4:48 PM

    coaches under 40 dont seem to work out too well, specially real young guys under 35 ie Josh McDaniels, which i feel this situation will end up being. One could point to Mike Tomlin, which is a good success story but Mike Tomlin also had Bruce Arians as OC and Dick LeBeau as DC. McDaniels did not and McVey will not either. seems like a dumb move for a team moving into a new area and still trying to fill seats

  30. bertagnolli says: Jan 12, 2017 4:48 PM

    Probably wants to be paid in toys and candy.

  31. amaf21 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:49 PM

    good luck. other than his age, i don’t see why he gets all this hype. – a redskins fan

  32. justintuckrule says: Jan 12, 2017 4:51 PM

    How did Kroenke become a mega billionaire is a world mystery. Making a wet behind the ears 30 year old KID your head coach in your shiny new LA stadium?? cmon man.

  33. cdysart101 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:52 PM

    He is yummy! Let’s have some fun.

  34. cardinealsfan20 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:52 PM

    “Fans care about wins that’s about it”.

    The high amount of posts on articles about “splash” coach hires and “other frilly crap” disagree with you.

  35. stash918 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:53 PM

    This is a joke, right? It’s April Fool’s Day?

  36. maust1013 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:55 PM

    That city that you say will be choosing between the Rams and Chargers will probably still choose to follow the Vegas Raiders

  37. stash918 says: Jan 12, 2017 4:56 PM

    Kroenke made his billions by seducing a Walton, i.e., Walmart heiress. What a multibillionaire woman saw in this guy is beyond the comprehension of anyone except the corpse of Albert Einstein.

  38. happster says: Jan 12, 2017 5:00 PM

    No one with options would want to tend that dumpster fire. Luckily, with the Chargers coming to town, no.one will be watching the Ramrods.

  39. ohiodarin says: Jan 12, 2017 5:05 PM

    Young, promising Dave Shula was one Cincinnati’s coaches during their lost decade going 19 and 52….. This hire seems like that.

  40. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Jan 12, 2017 5:06 PM

    This is a low cost place holder pick.
    Once the New Stadium is built, when they have to sell the high priced tickets they will need some hype. That’s when they bring in the BIG name , full priced Coach that will get those Stars into the Shiney Luxury Boxes

  41. normaneinstein7 says: Jan 12, 2017 5:06 PM

    Wade Phillips is probably going to be his Defensive Coordinator.

  42. kcflake says: Jan 12, 2017 5:13 PM

    No Way I would Ever hire a 30 year old to coach my NFL team.

  43. mogogo1 says: Jan 12, 2017 5:14 PM

    “Personally, I’d rather my team wait till week 4 of the preseason to hire a coach”
    _________

    Because ALL the best candidates are sitting unemployed by the phone week 4 of the preseason? They’d have their pick of Art Briles or Chip Kelly.

  44. kissmysandwich says: Jan 12, 2017 5:22 PM

    Not sure this can be considered a “splash” but best of luck to the guy coaching a team with no QB and no draft picks.

  45. rocoop says: Jan 12, 2017 5:25 PM

    In one day, the Chargers have created more talk, excitement etc, than the Rams move did…Now the Chargers forced the Rams hand in their coaching search…

  46. motleytrap says: Jan 12, 2017 5:26 PM

    I don’t know about this one, but….

    AFAIC he can call as many fades as he wants. Just about anything a new coordinator/HC brings in will be better than the junk we were subjected to this year.

  47. jvw1982 says: Jan 12, 2017 5:29 PM

    Wow just as I was thinking the Rooney Rule was paying dividends we get news that a 30yr old just got one of the 32 NFL jobs…what the heck has he done to deserve this? In Washington that’s Gruden offense not to mention their not that good….maybe his grand dad still has some pull in CA….I see mutiny on the horizon unless he is some boy genius or something….good luck with that Rams fan, we will find out if its better than Fisher….

  48. fatsolio says: Jan 12, 2017 5:30 PM

    A 30 yr old head coach? Yeah, that’s going to work out great.

    That’s not a shot at him personally simply because he is young (although I personally wouldn’t trust someone that young to lead my team) but rather I fully expect some in the organization to use his age against him and not give him the same respect an older coach would get.

  49. billswillnevermove says: Jan 12, 2017 5:33 PM

    Anybody is better than Jeff Fisher. My dog is better than Jeff Fisher. No idea how everybody loved that guy and he had a job. I’m 57 years old and a Bills fan, have been all my life. My brother is 7 years older than me and lives near Buffalo too, but he has been a Rams fan since he was a little kid, never changed teams, loved them when they were in LA and St. Louis. He goes back to Roman Gabriel. His favorite player of all time. At least you guys have won a Super Bowl, I was happy for my brother when you beat the Tiatins. Looks like a long road for both Rams fans and Bills fans. Hopefully we get there again. You guys have a young coach, funny thing is, his birthday, he turns 31 on the 24th of Jan, it’s my brothers birthday too, he was born in 1952. He thinks this is a great sign!!! Best of luck Ram fans!! Go Bills!

  50. shaggytoodle says: Jan 12, 2017 5:34 PM

    Its a great opportunity, for the young man, but its a been a LONG time, since the Rams made multiple players correct moves.

    I could be wrong but wasn’t the lasat time they were in the playoffs Marc Bulger was the QB?

  51. sdcharger123 says: Jan 12, 2017 5:42 PM

    Chargers had the LA headlines for a whopping five hours. Get used to it, Deano.

  52. fordbw says: Jan 12, 2017 5:52 PM

    30 years old. Good luck with that.

  53. sdelmonte says: Jan 12, 2017 5:55 PM

    I feel old.

  54. upnorthvikesfan says: Jan 12, 2017 5:55 PM

    So Stan K wasn’t happy letting the 49er’s be the most dysfunctional sports franchise in California???

  55. charliecharger says: Jan 12, 2017 5:57 PM

    Nobody is going to outcoach this kid.

  56. tangotwo22 says: Jan 12, 2017 6:09 PM

    Amazing to entrust your franchise to a 30 year old.

  57. themattstapiece says: Jan 12, 2017 6:50 PM

    By all accounts he’s smart and hardworking with lots of upside (‘Skins fan) but he’s not even really in charge of Gruden’s offense.. seems like a very deliberate attempt at a “splash” and generating “buzz” (frankly, very Redskins) rather than a good idea.

    I wish him well but I’ve assumed Goff would get his next coach fired too throughout this process and I don’t think McVay is set up to succeed. That Rams offense couldn’t have less in common with the Redskins offense he’s been calling plays for.

  58. ocgunslinger says: Jan 12, 2017 6:54 PM

    Kroenke probably noted the positive reaction in LA to the Lakers hiring young Luke Walton to coach the Lakers. Not the same thing at all Mr. Kroenke. I haven’t seen or heard about the terms of his contract but since you are paying Fisher for years in the future, I hope this signing isn’t because you can save $$$. He is going to have his hands full with the roster.

  59. laserw says: Jan 12, 2017 7:30 PM

    The Rams will now be able to get Kirk Cousins and the 2012 draft suddenly gains an odd quirk where the Rams give up the joke Great Gimmick and gets the Redskins best QB which is an upgrade of epic proportions over the garbage they have now.

    Cousins will get a huge contract and the Redskins will pay dearly for being lethargic with Cousins.

    This will be like Trent Green leaving the Redskins to join the Rams.

  60. binarymath says: Jan 12, 2017 7:31 PM

    Grandpa John McVay was a very successful head coach at Dayton at roughly the same time Bill Walsh was an assistant with the Bengals.

    After a stint as coach of the NY Giants, McVay ended up in the 49ers front office, and if I remember correctly, Walsh spent a little time with the Niners as well…

    Back in Dayton, some skinny QB transferred to the Flyers. It was Jay Gruden’s brother Jon.

    The football geek in me likes to see where coaches come from, who they worked with/for, and who their mentors are.

    Sean McVay has lots of connections to coaches in the Walsh/Holmgren/Shanahan tree. That may or may not translate to success with the Rams, but there are some smart people who would pick up the phone if McVay has a question.

  61. coltssteve says: Jan 12, 2017 8:56 PM

    Kirk Cousins to LA

  62. juddgr says: Jan 12, 2017 8:58 PM

    Good maybe the Redskins can find some one that knows how to get a first down!!!!
    Good Riddance

  63. whispersd says: Jan 12, 2017 9:24 PM

    “I blame this joker and fatboy Gruden for Griffin not being our QB.”

    Griffin had plenty of chances to be the QB in DC. He failed. It wasn’t the coach’s fault – neither Shanahan nor Gruden. It wasn’t the line’s fault. It wasn’t the receiver’s fault. It’s all on Griffin himself.

    If you haven’t noticed, Cousins has been much better over the past two seasons than Griffin. No, he’s not perfect, but he’s closer to being the answer than Griffin ever was.

    If you guys didn’t notice, the Skins actually had one of the top offenses in the NFL the past two seasons. Football Outsiders has them in the Top 5 in efficiency, behind only Atlanta, New England, Dallas, and Green Bay.

  64. wallyspo says: Jan 12, 2017 9:51 PM

    Let’s just wait until they lose a few in a row and we will see how good this dude is at being a HC. See how grown man NFL vets react to him. This could escalate rather quickly. He could just as easily be a good coach as he could get cracked in the jaw by a linebacker for his offenses keeping the Rams D on the field and overworked.

    This is a flashy stop gap.

  65. imodan says: Jan 12, 2017 10:07 PM

    You know if they wanted to make a real splash they should have hired Bill Belichick’s kid Steve. Don’t tell me head’s wouldn’t explode if another Belichick entered the head coaching ranks!!

  66. strummer174 says: Jan 13, 2017 1:19 AM

    Well, Mike Tomlin was 34 when he took over the Steelers, and he’s done an excellent job. I don’t know much about McVay, but he has succeeded in his limited NFL experience. Maybe he said or did something in his interviews that hints at greatness. Who knows? It’s a better bet than picking some 40-something-year-old coach who has proven his mediocrity beyond a doubt. I’m happy to sit back and see what the kid is made of before I write him off. Any way you slice it, head coach of an NFL team at age 30 is a remarkable accomplishment.

  67. leevi98 says: Jan 13, 2017 2:03 AM

    Nice!! Now maybe the skins can find a offensive cord who understands the concept of running the ball and can score in the red zone!!! Hope Gurley doesn’t. Mind only 6 carries a game! Lol

  68. jdillydawg says: Jan 13, 2017 9:32 AM

    Hmmm, doesn’t sound like Coach McVay’s first decision – to take this job so quickly – was a good one.

    I mean, if the Chargers were really going to go after him, he could have significantly upped his salary by just waiting a couple of weeks before accepting.

  69. quackbury says: Jan 13, 2017 12:02 PM

    Seen this movie before. When McDaniels gets his next HC gig, this kid can come to New England and let Hoodie teach him what being a coach is all about.

  70. tiger2471 says: Jan 13, 2017 5:05 PM

    quackbury says:
    Jan 13, 2017 12:02 PM
    Seen this movie before. When McDaniels gets his next HC gig, this kid can come to New England and let Hoodie teach him what being a coach is all about.
    _______________________________

    Great post, you are absolutely right. This kid has no business being a HC in the NFL, but I wish him the best of luck. I really didn’t think his offense with the Skins did as well as they could have, because we had way too much talent not to be more successful on 3rd down. He did not know how to change up the offense when things weren’t going well or the defense had us figured out. He had no real creativity and he doesn’t have enough experience to be an HC at the NFL level. I didn’t even mention how bad the play calling was in the Redzone.

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