The clock ticks on Sean McVay and the Rams

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Five days after the Rams concluded their 2022 season, four days after frank and candid comments from coach Sean McVay regarding his deliberations regarding whether to return for a seventh season, and three days after a report emerged that the team won’t block current assistant coaches from taking jobs with other teams, McVay hasn’t made a final decision. If he has, he hasn’t shared it with anyone.

The clock, as always, is ticking.

How long will McVay take to make his decision? The Rams need to know whether they’ll be looking for a new coach.

Would it be as simple as giving the job to defensive coordinator Raheem Morris? Or would the Rams embark on a broader search? If Sean Payton is in play, would owner Stan Kroenke want to make a play for him?

What if another one of the currently coveted coaches would be the answer? The longer McVay takes to provide his own answer, the harder it will be for the Rams to join the chase for a new coach.

That said, maybe the Rams don’t want to be part of that process, because that could only expose how undesirable their job would be, given the overall state of the roster. With years of draft picks flipped for veteran players, there’s no young nucleus of great players. Instead, the Rams are top heavy with bloated deals for aging stars who likely will be gone before things begin to turn around.

Yes, they won a Super Bowl. They also are currently in a mess that may take several years to clean up. If the job were to become available, it would be one of the least desirable in the current cycle.

For now, the question is whether it will become available. And with each passing day, the absence of an answer is becoming more conspicuous.

50 responses to “The clock ticks on Sean McVay and the Rams

  1. Or the Rams could just fire him. There are coaches who would take on a rebuild challenge.

  2. The Rams will be fine. They have drafted well and have all of their 2024 picks plus they always get several compensatory picks. Believe me, as a lifelong Rams fan, nothing could ever be as bad or will be as bad as the Jeff Fisher years in St. Louis.

  3. They can’t “give” the job to Raheem. They have to do a full search interviewing multiple candidates.

  4. Say whatever you want about B. Belichick, and I’m sure everyone has something negative to say, but in the salary cap era, there has been NO coach/GM that has consistently put competitive rosters together like he has. Give away the farm to win ONCE and you are happy. Then for the next 3-5 years (longer for some teams – ex. Dallas) you are in cap hell. It’s great to have a roster that is loaded to “win now”, but what if you don’t? You lose all your ability to “get younger” or even have reliable back-ups. How many teams had major injuries to their “stars” and wound up going down the drain with no relief in sight because they traded away all their future picks? I see the future of the Rams as hiring anyone who just wants to break into the head coaching ranks, with little to no success possible. Good luck to the “no playoffs in the near future” Rams.

  5. Made deal with the devil, with some helps from the referees. Inside couple years, GM will be gone, too, when they go 7-10 once or twice.

  6. That said, maybe the Rams don’t want to be part of that process, because that could only expose how undesirable their job would be, given the overall state of the roster. With years of draft picks flipped for veteran players, there’s no young nucleus of great players. Instead, the Rams are top heavy with bloated deals for aging stars who likely will be gone before things begin to turn around.

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    No pictures with McVay and Snead with their “F them picks” tshirts? Just 12 months ago everyone in the media was loving that.

  7. from the outside looking in, seems like now that its time to pay the piper mcvay is turning tail and running.

  8. Holding a team hostage to fufill your ego and overinflated self-worth is a BS move.

  9. Trade Kupp to start, then move to Aaron and continue to deal until they get enough picks to do something with.

  10. I think he’s a bit young for the broadcasting route but then again maybe he peaked with the super bowl win and it’s all downhill from here….If he was going to do that, it should probably have been after the super bowl, on the biggest of high notes. Hindsight is always 20/20. Lots of money either way. He’ll be okay.

  11. Is this the new trend? Coaches taking jobs, trading away major draft capital for high price aging veterans to win now at all costs and then jumping ship when the chickens come home to roost?

  12. The only appealing aspect, besides the weather, is, as has been said many times, it’s one of only 32 jobs so I’m sure a potential first time HC would be willing to cut their teeth there

  13. He is so gone.

    Got his Superbowl win. Got his un deserved Superbowl appearance. It is over he is not a talent evaluation guy.

    He did not built the team he just got proven vets.

  14. I can see if McVay came off a highly stressful season where perhaps it was neck and neck to make the playoffs and in the end they lost a couple heartbreakers. But this dude, he had no stress. He team was out of it after 10 games, going nowhere This year, so they simply needed to last til game 17. Nothing to lose, except more games. If he is so undecided after that kind of season, or millennial “burned out”because things got hard, poor poor little Sean, then just have some freaking consideration for all the other coaches and families involved that don’t have multi million dollar a year contracts.

  15. Who would want the Rams job? It’ll be years before the draft mess and the top-heavy salary cap are cleaned up.

  16. Time for Coach McVay to move on to greener pastures. The Rams are in rebuild mode and won’t contend again until their next once-every-20 years move to another city.

  17. I wouldn’t call it the least desirable, because you still have Houston. But overall, it could be bad. Especially if Ramsey, Donald & Kupp want out.

  18. Payton would be the big play, but would he come to a team that is in cap hell, doesn’t have any picks and the best players are either injured or about to retire?

    As a Niners fan, I would just assume Payton go to the Broncos or somewhere else in the AFC.

  19. ring ring ring…..hello?….Hi, this is the rams, please put coach peyton on the phone,and hurry..

  20. m1234 says:
    January 13, 2023 at 7:47 am
    Is this the new trend? Coaches taking jobs, trading away major draft capital for high price aging veterans to win now at all costs and then jumping ship when the chickens come home to roost?
    ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????YES, IT IS!

  21. McVay is in a nice position. He has numerous options. More than I can ever remember a coach having.

  22. Donald is getting by solely on reputation and favors, he had an extremely poor season.
    Ramsey is overrated.
    Stafford is old as dirt.
    Blow this whole team up and start anew.

  23. Rams had gone 13 straight seasons without a winning record before McVay got there.

    Yet you guys think he’s afraid of a challenge.

  24. He should let them know NOW. Coaching at the highest and most competitive level is a year round, daily job with very little downtime, so he needs to be all-in immediately and get to work on the draft ….oh wait! no draft pick in the first RD, again. WHOOPS.

  25. They need to give McVay a firm date to provide them with an answer. And no matter how bad things are right now, it’s still one of only 32 jobs so there will be plenty of takers. Are they really any worse off than the Cardinals, Texans, Broncos…?

  26. Wonder Boy is gone. If he says he maybe leaving, then dudes already packed it in.
    What a front running carpet beggar.

  27. The haters just blow my mind. “Rams have no picks, they will be irrelevant for the next ten years” or “they gave everything up for one superbowl “
    Unless you’re a patriots fan or Tampa, your team hasn’t won anything recently. Would you trade a few years of mediocrity for a superbowl now? If you say no, you’re an idiot.
    As far as the genius stuff goes, McVay has been a very successful coach and if he wants to move on then he deserves to…although I’d like him to stay

  28. And other than upper first round in the draft, if you make good choices picks are picks. The Rams number of picks each year is top ten.

  29. It’s difficult for me to criticize the Rams’ approach as they did get a ring out of the deal. Most NFL cities would be fine with trading 5 years of mediocrity for a ring.

    The sad thing here is that it was done in a city that really doesn’t care about its football team.

  30. Rams desperately need a good head coach. They also desperately need a coach or a GM that knows personnel, draft, etc. But this owner has changed the culture 100% so they can attract a Sean Payton or a young version there of. Last time this owner hired he hit a home run.

  31. This guy is pathetic he loved it when things were great now that they are hard he wants to quit what a loser.

  32. The team should ask for their money back/don’t pay what they owe in the future years from the Head Coach & General Manager for putting them in this position!

  33. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand back where the rams belong….at the bottom..but hey you got a Super Bowl out of it..more then most teams can say..

  34. There is no question that McVay is a good HC. And I know there have been many rumors. But one of them is that he doesn’t want to be part of rebuilding stage or deal with not having any high end draft capital. If thats true, I would lose some respect for him and leave a bad taste. He dealt away the Rams future to win his ring and then leaves the mess to the next guy to clean up after he made the mess.

  35. Mike is smart and his thesis makes sense, above….BUT consider job satisfaction and job income as two separate factors related to Mike’s contention, above.

    Job satisfaction for the new coach will be LOW to non-existent, per Mike’s valid points, above.

    HOWEVER, the job income for the newcomer will be a MAJOR, guaranteed pay raise and income of millions….and with a four-year contract or more, the new coach will be set for life whether he wins or not.

  36. The NFL turns around quickly. This narrative of “they will be bad for a decade” is nonsense. 2 years ago the NFC east sent a team with a losing record to the playoffs and this year almost sent 4 teams. It only takes 1 good draft to change a team’s fortunes and it happens lots.

  37. harrisbarton says:
    January 13, 2023 at 8:50 am
    How cowardly. As soon as his team faces misfortune he wants to cut and run.
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    Well, I’ve got to hand it to Santa Clara and Coach “Shanny”. As bad of a coach that he’s proven to be with his .500 record and epic loses (ie 28-3, 17-7 vs the Rams in NFC Championship), they still have the courage to keep bringing him back. Can’t wait to see how he melts down this year.

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