Sean McVay won’t put a timeline on his decision

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The more that Rams coach Sean McVay talks about his future, the less it seems as if he’ll be coaching the Rams.

His comments from after Sunday’s season-ending loss to the Seahawks were a far cry from “of course I’m coming back.” Meeting with reporters on Monday, there was an even great sense of inevitability that McVay’s sixth season with the Rams will have been his last.

“I told the coaching staff, [we’ll] work through some things,” McVay said, via a transcript circulated by the team. “You don’t want to rush into any sort of decision. There’s a lot of emotion right after the season. There’s a lot of layers to this. There’s a lot of people that it does affect that I don’t take lightly and want to be mindful of and so I’m going to take the next couple days to really be able to kind of reflect. Obviously, a lot of conversations with various people that will dictate and determine the decision that’s best for me, my family, the Rams, and a lot of people and that’s kind of where we’re at with that.”

Although McVay plans to take “the next couple days,” he also made it clear there’s no specific deadline for making a decision.

“I don’t want to put a timeline on it,” McVay said. “I think what I’d like to do is be able to take the appropriate time. [I’ve] never gone through anything like this, but you want to make sure that you’re considerate of the people that are affected. That that’s the most important thing. The consistent conversations and dialogues that have existed with the people that I love and really care about, ‘Hey, do what you think is best for you and Veronika.’ But that doesn’t mean it takes away the empathy, the level of responsibility that I do feel for the people that would be affected as it relates to my decision moving forward. And so those are the things that you don’t take lightly. You want to be able to make sure that you’re intentional about taking the appropriate time, while also making a decision in a manner that’s considerate of those people that would be affected.”

Although it’s clear that McVay is being conscientious and thoughtful, it’s also very rare for a coach who’s truly committed to go through such a public process. The mere fact that he’s talking so openly about leaving means he probably should.

Indeed, it seems like he’s ready to go, and that he simply wants to make sure he’s making the right call.

“I’m a very impulsive person and patience is not something that I do have and so [I] probably want to adjust the approach that I’m typically accustomed to taking, especially as it relates to a decision of this magnitude and all the different layers that are involved,” McVay said.

He added that the toughest part of the decision is “the amount of people that are affected and then just being able to identify the things that will give you that clarity and that peace while also continuing to acknowledge the things that need to be addressed as you’re trying to become a better and more complete person.”

He also acknowledged that these thoughts have been occurring for him for “a handful of years.” He seems to be concerned that, eventually, he’ll not have “this joy, this zest, this ability to be able to do the things at the level that you know you’re capable of.”

He was asked whether he’s trying to decide whether to not coach “for a short period of time.”

“It could be a possibility,” McVay said. “I don’t want to get too granular with it, but here’s what I would say is this. This has been a lot over the last six years and I wouldn’t change any of it. And as you reflect on how you want to be able to move forward, like the question asked yesterday, ‘Did I ever get the sense where you’re looking at it like this is your last play?’ No, that was never the case. I’m 36 years old, OK? I have endless amounts of energy still. It’s just a matter of, how do you make sure that as you move forward, you’re able to do it in the way that’s best for yourself, your wife, your family members, and then when you are in a role of this magnitude, doing it the way that you’re capable of. And that’s what I want to be able to answer yes to, and if you can do those things, I think a lot of clarity will come with that.”

Frankly, that sounds a lot like the theory making the rounds in league circles. After going all in to win a Super Bowl, there’s a significant bill to pay on the back end — a rebuild that may take multiple years. So why not tap out for a year or two, like Sean Payton, and then pick a new team where McVay can lather-rinse-repeat the eff-them-picks approach and win another Super Bowl?

Plenty of people around the league aren’t fans of the approach, because it compromises long-term franchise stability. They also aren’t fans of making private deliberations so public.

Last year, for example, Payton didn’t plant a flag of indecision and engage in a public soliloquy. He just left, without warning or notice.

Different strokes for different folks. McVay is choosing to bare his soul, which could make it harder for him to come back — and spark what definitely will be an annual thing until he finally goes.

There’s no time like now to go. The problem is that he blew his chance to make big money working for Amazon by not making the jump in 2022. With no prime broadcast-booth seats open, McVay’s options will include lower-level game analyst gigs or a studio spot — neither of which pay like the prime booth assignments do.

So, yeah, he should have done this a year ago. And he knows it. And he’s surely kicking himself for not doing it when he should have done it. That likely won’t make him come back if he’s inclined to leave, but it adds a very real layer of remorse and regret to the process.

49 responses to “Sean McVay won’t put a timeline on his decision

  1. He’s usually so full of coachspeak cliches (why i think he’d be a horrible broadcaster) but this is actually the most honest I’ve ever heard him talk. If he’s got a big money offer sounds like he’ll go for it. If you’re happy with one Super Bowl ring why not?

  2. This guy has got to be related to Rodgers. Never seen anyone that can make such a drama from year to year besides these 2…

  3. The Rams will become the new Detroit Lions as one of the doormats of the NFL. Year after year, with or without McVay. A mediocre HC at best.

  4. For what it’s worth, I’m sure Bezos has the money to show Kirk Herbstreet the door.

  5. He’s gone. McVay will parachute. They have traded every possible future asset to win a Super Bowl…and now, there isn’t anything left to build upon. McVay made the bed, but someone else will lay in it.

  6. One of the most overrated coaches in modern NFL history. Media anointed him early, but teams underachieved until last season, when ownership mortgaged the future and bought a SB win.And then this season — the greatest drop of all time. Will be a minor footnote in NFL coaching lore, at best.

  7. If I’m the owner, I say, “Your timetable is determined by me. And it ends today.”

  8. Sure, take your time. Then all the other spots get filled, and your assistants have no where to go. Oh well.

  9. Why is he even needing to make a decision? The Rams arent pushing him out. Is this the new thing? Sell out the future to win the SB then bounce when the bill is due cause you dont want any part of the rebuild.
    Hey I thought McVay was cool and all. He did pretty good even with Goff, but to bail now. Thats weak. Sit out for a year or two then try to return to a ready built team, Sean Payton is already trying to do that. I hope he fails, wherever he goes, same with McVay when he does it.

  10. What a high-maintenance dude McVay sounds like. His spouse must think he’s a pain in the butt. Just shut up and coach or retire. Choose one and save the drama for your mama.

  11. This just feels right for Eric Bienemy. Either here or with the Chargers. Either way, he should end up in LA.

  12. Herbstreit is a college guy, pretty sure Bezos can afford to bring in McQuitter if he wants ..

  13. I have a real distaste for what McVay is doing, abandoning the team once all their investment has come home to roost. He’s running off a ship that needs to be rebuilt for a lot of TV money. Tomlin, Belichick, and Harbaugh all rebuilt/are rebuilding after the team dipped.

  14. He’s totally going to pull a Sean Peyton and bail on the organization. They sold the farm to win a championship. Mortgaged the future. No picks. Way over the cap. He’ll leave and resurface somewhere else because he knows there is no chance to win in LA in the near future.

  15. He’s as good as gone. He wants no part of a rebuild. That Stafford contract might be just as bad as the Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray and Deshaun Watson contracts.

  16. The Rams “f them picks” strategy is a lottery ticket strategy. It can pay off hugely, but most of the time it doesn’t, and the team finds itself in a big hole. Plenty of teams every year spend wildly in free agency or make trades to acquire players with big contracts. Most teams who do that will not will the Super Bown, but every now and then one of them will be like the Rams and end as champions.

  17. McVay may not be entirely driven by money the way you assume he is. If the time wasn’t right for him to leave coaching last year, so be it, it was his decision to make. Maybe he simply wanted to see if he could get the band back together to win another championship. It didn’t work out but the cause is noble enough.
    I think Sean McVay will do just fine whatever he decides to do.

  18. Sean is a very smart man who has been well trained in the art of communication. He will very likely be a success in whatever future endeavors he decides to pursue.

  19. I get the feeling he’s spinning a yarn with a load of BS, trying to make out it’s nothing to do with the fact that the Rams are done for a few years and he wants no part of it 😏
    Rather Pathetic.
    He’s already made his decision and he’ll walk!

  20. F them picks is also kind of F them players. If Mcvay bails what does that mean for Donald, Kupp, and Stafford? If Mcvay comes back after F-ing everyone are veterans going to be interested in signing on as they were this time?

  21. McVay has had extremely good talent to work with over his tenure with the Rams. But now that it’s starting to dissolve he wants out…or is he holding the Rams hostage for a king’s ransom?

  22. Amazingly enough this quandry comes after all the talent he inherited retired or left the team and the team having no draft picks.

    Who could’ve seen this coming? The party is over, someone else can pay the bills and clean up the mess because that’s not what star coaches do, just ask Payton.

  23. agree with florio, he’s gone……but he will pull a sean peyton and resurface with another team in the future….these 2 guys built winning programs but eventually destroyed them and then abandoned them….example…the saints have no first round picks this year and are leading the league with 45 million over the cap…

  24. Everyone loved McVay, and I knew there was something about him I did not like…sure enough, he’s a quitter. He pushed for HIS guy (Stafford) which meant mortgaging the future…and now he know the Rams are gonna suck for 3-4 years, which will tarnish his legacy (and overall record), so he’ll quit for one year, then go to a different team next year.

    Smart? No, selfish.

    Honestly, I would start working trades…they need to get picks. They have some players teams covet, mostly Ramsey and even Kupp…and if the numbers work out, trading Stafford would be ideal.

    But instead of doing the hard work, he’s going to go home. Lombardi, Noll, Landry, Shula are all rolling over in their graves at this pathetic excuse for an NFL Head Coach.

  25. Yep he is pulling a Sean.

    Make a franchise a mess and walk away rather than do the hard work. At least Sean coached years after his ring but equally made his franchise a mess.

  26. If he really wants to retire then good for him. But why do I get the feeling he’ll work a studio job for a couple years then immediately be back to coaching someplace else for a team in a better position than the Rams are currently in?

  27. What do you want? His grandpappy was the NYFG HC for the original “Miracle of the Meadowlands”.

  28. McVay’s offense it a one-trick pony that relies heavily on superior talent to do very specific tasks, he is unable to adjust (just look at the Superbowl against the Pats) in anyway to run an offense based on the player’s actual talent. Now that he has a different array of talent he is unable to create an offense (what true genius (actually above average) coaches do) to match what the players excel at, instead he consistently forces players to do things that don’t match their ability, which equals failure. No picks, no money he can’t get those players so since he can’t adapt he is going to quit with just a bit of adversity…other words a true millennial.

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