McVay with the Rams in 2019
|Los Angeles Rams|
|Born:||January 24, 1986|
|High school:||Brookhaven (GA) Marist|
|College:||Miami University (OH)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|As head coach|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||33–15 (.688)|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
Sean McVay (born January 24, 1986) is an American football coach who serves as the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was the offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins from 2014 to 2016. Upon his hiring by L.A. in 2017 at the age of 30 he became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. In his second year there he took the Rams to Super Bowl LIII, becoming the youngest coach ever to do so and earning him the AP NFL Coach of the Year award.
- 1 Early life
- 2 College football playing career
- 3 Coaching career
- 4 Coaching tree
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References and notes
- 7 External links
McVay was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Tim and Cindy McVay, and raised Roman Catholic. Sean's father, Tim, played football as a defensive back at Indiana University. His family lived in Dayton until Sean was six years old. His grandfather, John McVay, was the head football coach at the University of Dayton from 1965–1972, head coach of the New York Giants later in the 1970s, and served as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers for the team's five Super Bowl championships during the 1980 and 1990s.
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.
College football playing career
McVay attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he played college football as a wide receiver from 2004 to 2007, earning Miami's Scholar-Athlete Award in 2007. He recorded 39 receptions for 312 yards for the RedHawks in his college career. He graduated from Miami in 2008 with a B.S. in Health and Sports Studies.
Florida Tuskers (UFL)
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.
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 hiring made him the youngest head coach in the NFL's modern era, surpassing Lane Kiffin, who was 31 years, 259 days old when hired by the Oakland Raiders in 2007, and the youngest since the Rams hired 27-year-old Art Lewis in 1938.
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. Following a 27–20 loss to McVay's former team, the Washington Redskins, the Rams pulled off a close 41–39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football and turned a 16–24 deficit into a 35–30 upset victory over the Dallas Cowboys, but the Rams eventually recorded another loss to NFC West 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, raising the Rams' record to 6–2. The Rams would win another home game against the Houston Texans by a score of 33-7 to raise their record to 7–2, which was their best record of the season since 2001.
In Weeks 11 and 12, the Rams lost to the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 24-7 but won 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 the 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 and division title 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.
The Rams started the season 8–0, their best start to a season since 1969, but they lost in New Orleans to the New Orleans Saints in Week 9 by a score of 45–35 to fall to 8–1. After defeating the Seattle Seahawks 36–31 in Week 10, the Rams beat the Kansas City Chiefs 54–51 in Week 11 on Monday Night Football in a highly-anticipated matchup that was originally scheduled to be played in Mexico City, but was shifted to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions.
Following a bye week, the Rams traveled to Detroit and defeated the Detroit Lions 30–16 to clinch their second straight NFC West title. McVay then endured his first losing streak as a head coach as the Rams stumbled in back-to-back losses to the Chicago Bears (15–6) and the Philadelphia Eagles (30–23), both on NBC Sunday Night Football. Los Angeles bounced back to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 31–9 and San Francisco 49ers 48–32 in the final two weeks to finish the regular season with a 13–3 record, tied for the second-most wins in franchise history.
In the Divisional Round, the Rams defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Los Angeles on January 12, 30–22. The following week in the controversial NFC Championship Game, the Rams beat the Saints 26–23 in overtime on a game-winning field goal by Greg Zuerlein in overtime to send the Rams to Super Bowl LIII, their first NFL championship appearance since Super Bowl XXXVI. At age 33, McVay became the youngest head coach to lead his team to the Super Bowl. and lost to the New England Patriots by a score of 13–3.
The 2019 season was a disappointment, as the Rams were victims of the Super Bowl Losers' Curse and missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record. The Rams started the season 3–0, but faced problems during the season due to a combination of factors and lost in heartbreaking fashion in a must-win Week 16 contest against the San Francisco 49ers. It was the first time McVay missed the playoffs as a head coach.
Head coaching record
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|LAR||2017||11||5||0||.688||1st in NFC West||0||1||.000||Lost to Atlanta Falcons in NFC Wild Card Game|
|LAR||2018||13||3||0||.813||1st in NFC West||2||1||.667||Lost to New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII|
|LAR||2019||9||7||0||.563||3rd in NFC West||—||—||—||—|
Sean McVay has worked under three NFL head coaches:
- Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2008)
- Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins (2010–2013)
- Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins (2014–2019)
Assistant coaches under McVay who became NFL head coaches:
McVay resides in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Veronika Khomyn. They were engaged on June 22, 2019 while vacationing in Cannes, France. Chris Shula, the Rams assistant linebackers coach, is also his housemate. McVay's grandfather, John, was also an NFL head coach, having coached the New York Giants from 1976 to 1978 before going on to serve as an executive for the San Francisco 49ers from 1980 to 1996.
References and notes
- "Player Bio: Sean McVay Miami University RedHawks Official Athletic Site".
- "Tim McVay College Stats - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". College Football at Sports-Reference.com.
- "Miami grad, Dayton native Sean McVay becomes youngest coach in NFL history". Dayton Daily News. Associated Press. January 12, 2017.
- "John McVay Coaching Record". College Football at Sports-Reference.com.
- Simmons, Myles. "Three Things to Know about Rams HC Sean McVay". therams.com. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
- "Sean McVay College Stats". Sports Reference. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
- "Ties between Raiders' Jon Gruden, Rams' Sean McVay go way back - SFChronicle.com". www.sfchronicle.com. September 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- "FLORIDA TUSKERS". ufl-football.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Klein, Gary (January 12, 2017). "Rams' Sean McVay: Portrait of an up-and-coming coach". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
- "A Redskins Look At Sean McVay". www.redskins.com. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- "Mike Shanahan's 2013 Redskins staff has produced as many NFL head coaches as wins". Washington Post. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- "49ers' Kyle Shanahan, Rams' Sean McVay are forever linked". ESPN.com. September 20, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- Klein, Gary. "Rams hire Sean McVay as their new head coach". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
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- "Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams – September 10th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
- "Cleveland/St. Louis/LA Rams Team Encyclopedia". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- "Rams special teams shine in win over Cardinals". USA TODAY. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- "Rams making history by going from worst to first in scoring is truly amazing". Ramblin' Fan. January 2, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- "Wild Card – Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams – January 6th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- "Rams' Sean McVay named NFL Coach of the Year". NFL.com.
- "Titans Name Dean Pees DC, Matt LaFleur OC". TitansOnline.com.
- Davis, Scott. "In just 2 years, 33-year-old Rams coach Sean McVay has become one of the most influential people in the NFL". Business Insider.
- Mays, Robert (October 4, 2018). "How Sean McVay's Rams Became a Reflection of Football's Boy Genius". The Ringer.
- DaSilva, Cameron (October 29, 2018). "Jared Goff makes history as Rams start 8–0 for first time since 1969". USA Today. Rams Wire. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Associated Press (November 13, 2018). "Chiefs-Rams game moved from Mexico City to LA due to field". USA Today. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Dubin, Jared (November 20, 2018). "Rams vs. Chiefs highlights, takeaways: Rams prevail 54–51 as the Game of the Year exceeds the hype". CBSSports.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- "Rams beat Lions, clinch second straight NFC West title". National Football League. December 2, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Dennis, Clarence (December 16, 2018). "Seven Stats: Rams Drop Second-Straight Sunday Night Football Game". Los Angeles Rams. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Sean McVay Explains How Patriots Stymied Rams’ Offense In Super Bowl, NESN, February 28, 2019
- Graziano, Dan (February 4, 2019). "How the Patriots' defense stymied Sean McVay in Super Bowl LIII". ESPN. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Leitereg, Neal J. "New Rams coach Sean McVay snaps up Encino contemporary for $2.7 million". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
- Silver, Michael (January 3, 2018). "Coaching supernova Sean McVay leading L.A. Rams his own way". nfl.com. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
- Pasquini, Maria (June 22, 2019). "Los Angeles Rams Coach Sean McVay Engaged to Model Girlfriend Veronika Khomyn". People. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
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