Sean McVay will coach quarterbacks while Jay Gruden calls plays


The Redskins promoted Sean McVay from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator last week, a move that represented a big promotion for the 27-year old assistant.

As it turns out, he won’t be taking on all the responsibilities typically associated with the coordinator job. During an interview with John Keim of, McVay described head coach Jay Gruden as the offensive coordinator who would call plays while McVay will fill his time with other responsibilities.

“It’ll be one of those deals where I help Jay wherever I need to fill in. I’ll coach quarterbacks this year too,” McVay said. “Jay will be the offensive coordinator and call the plays. But my job is to help as much as I can to implement the game plan. How involved I’ll be as far as install, we haven’t decided that yet. I want to give a bunch of ideas as if I’m putting the game plan together.”

While McVay served as a tight ends coach last year, his return and move to working with quarterbacks provides a link to what the team was doing with quarterback Robert Griffin III in his first two years. McVay’s also worked with Gruden in the past, which should make him well-suited to the task of helping Griffin bridge the gap between the two systems.

21 responses to “Sean McVay will coach quarterbacks while Jay Gruden calls plays

  1. So tired of the dysfunction of this franchise as a fan of over 30 years. The team finished 9th in offense last year and had the worst statistical defensive season in team history. What does Danny boy do? Hire an offensive coordinator and retain the same defensive coordinator. But it keeps getting better! Let’s elevate the 27 year old TE coach to offensive coordinator and let him teach the QB’s. Disaster season in the making.

  2. I like Gruden. I think he is just what the doctor ordered. He’s hungry and eager to prove himself. He has a great opportunity to start a new legacy that will last for years to come. I just hope he stocks the team with young talent to grow with RGIII but mix in some VETS. Sky is the limit now with the wicket witch out of town.

  3. I wanted Shanahan to stay, thought he got the blame for things that wasn’t his fault! So now, he’s gone, they can’t blame him if this doesn’t go well..guess that’s why they get the big bucks not me!! Guess we gonna see how it goes! HTTR

  4. He’s the “Offensive Coordinator” in the same sense that Bruce Allen is the “General Manager.”

  5. This is like the beginning of Moneyball when everybody was saying Jonah Hill was too young and his schemeing was too crazy. Mcvay is a genius and Gruden can clearly call plays. Offense will be set. Still not sure about the D but this offense will work.

  6. age is just a number people. guy was one of the most respected coaches in that locker room last year and respected around the league as a young up-and-comer…. josh mcdaniels was a young coordinator too and he was a stud in that role; he didn’t work out as a HC but that’s not what McVay is.

    Plus he has family that has coached previously, and Gruden is still calling the plays.

  7. This will work well for McVay. This will give him time to learn more about coaching/coordinating while being paid alot more, and not having the responsibility.

    Whether it is good for the team, one would hope so, as hiring an offensive minded coach usually means that they will be calling the plays. They still have an OC, at least now someone will be getting experience.

    With regard to the defense, it has been coming out more and more that Shanahan was meddling with the defense. We know that he was the driving factor for the change to 3-4, when he was hired he said himself that he decided on the scheme and that Haslett was against it.

    Regarding Danny, he was blamed for everything when Shanny was making the decisions. Now he lets Allen make the decisions and he is still taking the blame. Do you honestly think that he would hire all of Allen’s cronies, or do you think that was Allen doing that.

    If I was in his shoes, I know after that I would really be stepping in.

  8. Redskins hired Ike Hilliard as wide receivers coach. Ike Hilliard played wide receiver in the NFL for 15 years.

    What does Sean McVay have to offer RG3 as a QB coach?

  9. Anybody who predicts what’s going to happen here is full of it. As a skins fan, I’m obviously hoping this works out, but this is the first time in a long time I don’t know what to expect from this team. Gruden could be the next Belichik or the next Zorn. It’s likely he’s somewhere in the middle and our fortunes will rest on making good draft picks. Start with a offensive lineman or two, and add some defenders who can make tackles. Any team can go from worst to first these days, and considering our crappy division, we could easily be back at the top of it next year. Then again, the redskins have roped me in many times before, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re dead last.

    Bottom line: I hate Dan Snyder and hope he burns in hell.

  10. I see a lot of comments about how young McVay is. Albert Einstein was only 26 when he wrote the Theory of General Relativity. Who knows what this kid will do? He will certainly bring a fresh new approach to this team. The NFL needs to nurture new talent who can bring in fresh idea’s to the table. It’s what keeps defenses guessing. I’m excited about the upcoming season. Hopefully RGIII’s knee will be back to 100% and we can pick up some talent in the free agent market to fill some holes. HTTR!

  11. Deshackle just cause you keep asking if he everplayed qb

    “That said, a tipster recently advised me to check out the Georgia Sports Writers Association selections for the all-state football team in 2003.

    The AAAA offensive player of the year was a quarterback named Sean McVay, who would go on to become the Redskins’ offensive coordinator.

    Among those he beat out was a 6-foot-5, 215-pound wide receiver named Calvin Johnson.”

  12. At first thought, I was like WTF, 27 years old? But after hearing Gruden will call the plays, I’m thinking that this may turn out all right.
    Here’s my rationale — Last couple of years I thought Kyle was a pretty decent play caller, but in terms of execution, the Skins sucked. I think the media makes so much to do about play calling by the OC, but really that’s just a fraction of their job. Some games it looked like the Skins had barely even practiced some of the plays that they were running — at least from RG3’s standpoint. You get a young OC who’s job it is to prepare the team for gamedays, get them practicing the playbook to perfection, and not worrying about trying to arrange gameplans and script plays, and we just might be on to something here.
    27 is kinda young though…

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