Sean McVay

Sean McVay (born January 24, 1986) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). Upon his hiring in 2017 at the age of 30, he became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. He was the offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins from 2014 to 2016. He was named the AP NFL Coach of the Year in his first year of coaching, becoming the youngest person ever to win the award. After the Los Angeles Rams' appearance in Super Bowl LIII, McVay became the youngest head coach ever to coach in a Super Bowl game.[1]

Sean McVay
Photograph of McVay on a football sideline wearing a white Washington Redskins polo shirt, khaki pants and a headset and holding a football play sheet in his left hand
McVay with the Washington Redskins in 2014
Los Angeles Rams
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born:January 24, 1986 (age 33)
Dayton, Ohio
Career information
High school:Brookhaven (GA) Marist
College:Miami University (OH)
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:24–8 (.750)
Postseason:2–2 (.500)
Career:26–9 (.743)
Coaching stats at PFR

Early life

Sean McVay was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Tim and Cindy McVay.[2] Sean's father, Tim, played football as a defensive back[3] at Indiana University. His family lived in Dayton until Sean was six years old.[4] His grandfather, John McVay, is a former San Francisco 49ers general manager, who was involved in constructing the five Super Bowl winning seasons for the team.[5] John McVay was the head football coach at the University of Dayton from 1965–1972.[6]

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.[2]

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.[2] He recorded 39 receptions for 312 yards for the RedHawks in his college career.[7] He graduated from Miami in 2008.[4]

Collegiate statistics

Sean McVay Receiving Rushing
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD
2005 Miami (OH) MAC FR WR 6 1 6 6.0 0 1 2 2.0 0
2006 Miami (OH) MAC SO WR 12 20 198 9.9 0 5 4 0.8 0
2007 Miami (OH) MAC JR WR 8 18 108 6.0 0 3 23 7.7 0
Career Miami (OH) 39 312 8.0 0 9 29 3.2 0

Coaching career

Early coaching career

McVay began his coaching career as an assistant wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008 under head coach Jon Gruden.[8] The following year, he was the quality control/wide receivers coach for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (UFL).[9][10]

Washington Redskins

In 2010, McVay was hired as the assistant tight ends coach for the Washington Redskins under head coach Mike Shanahan.[11] In 2011, he was promoted to tight ends coach, a position he held through the 2013 season.[12][13]

On January 14, 2014, McVay was promoted to offensive coordinator by new Redskins head coach Jay Gruden.[14] In his first year as offensive coordinator, he turned the team's offense into the 12th-ranked pass offense in the NFL—averaging 268.4 passing yards per game with third-year quarterback, Kirk Cousins—the 17th-ranked rush offense, with 97.9 rushing yards per game, and the 10th ranked total offense in the NFL (a year after the team's offense finished ranked 25th in total offense), averaging 24.3 points per game and 353.8 total yards per game.[15] In 2016, the passing offense ranked third best in the NFL with 297.4 yards per game, while the rushing offense ranked 20th, averaging 106.0 rushing yards per game. The 2016 offense finished 3rd overall in total yards and 11th in points, averaging 403.4 total yards per game and 24.8 points per game.[16]

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, 11 months, 19 days. The hiring made him the youngest head coach since the start of the NFL's modern era, surpassing Lane Kiffin, who was 31 years, 8 months, 14 days old when hired by the Oakland Raiders in 2007,[17] and the youngest in NFL history since the Rams hired 27-year-old Art Lewis in 1938.[18]

2017 season

On February 8, 2017, Matt LaFleur joined the Los Angeles Rams coaching staff as the offensive coordinator, working under McVay. LaFleur had previously worked under McVay in Washington, though McVay called the offensive plays for the 2017 season.[19]

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.[20] 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)[21] 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, which raised the Rams' record to 6–2. The Rams would score another win at home against the Houston Texans with a 33–7 score in the second half to raise the record for the Rams to 7–2 for their best record of the season since 2001. In Week 12, the Rams scored yet another win 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 Arizona Cardinals and won 32–16 for their first winning season since 2003.[22] 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.[23]

McVay made his playoff head coaching debut against the Atlanta Falcons, but the Rams lost in the Wild Card Round by a score of 26–13. [24]

On January 19, 2018, McVay was named Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.[25]

2018 season

Offensive coordinator LaFleur left his position with the Rams on January 30 to take the same position with the Tennessee Titans, where he would have the opportunity of calling the plays for the Titans – essentially a promotion from his former position as offensive coordinator for the Rams.[26] As in the 2017 season, McVay continued calling the offensive plays for the 2018 season, this time without an offensive coordinator.[27][28]

The Rams started the season 8–0, their best start to the season since 1969,[29] but they lost in New Orleans to the 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.[30][31]

Following a bye week, the Rams traveled to Detroit and defeated the Lions 30–16 to clinch their second straight NFC West title.[32] 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.[33] 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 NFC Championship Game, the Rams beat the New Orleans Saints 26–23 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,[18] though the Rams lost to the New England Patriots by a score of 13–3.[34]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
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
Total 24 8 0 .750 2 2 .500

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Sean McVay has served:

Assistant coaches under McVay who became NFL head coaches:

Personal life

McVay resides in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Veronika Khomyn.[35][36] Chris Shula, the Rams assistant linebackers coach, is also his housemate.[36] 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

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2017 Los Angeles Rams season

The 2017 Los Angeles Rams season was the franchise's 80th season in the National Football League, the 81st overall, the 51st in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the first under new head coach Sean McVay as well as a new coaching staff. The Rams improved on their 4–12 record from the previous season. With a win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Rams ended a decade-long drought and clinched their first winning season since 2003 and first playoff appearance since 2004, when the club was based in St. Louis. The team played a game in London, England at Twickenham Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7 as one of the NFL London Games.

For the second consecutive year, the Rams started out in first place in the NFC West with a 3–1 record. The Los Angeles Rams also scored 107 points in the first three games of the season, the second highest in franchise history and a league leader. Furthermore, the team went from being dead last in total offense the previous season with an NFL-low 224 points to becoming the highest scoring team in the league in 2017 with an average of 29.9 points per game and 478 total points scored - tops in both categories. On Christmas Eve, the Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans 27–23 in a Super Bowl XXXIV rematch to clinch the NFC West for the first time since 2003 and their first playoff berth since 2004. This was also their first division title as the Los Angeles Rams since the 1985 season. Their promising season came to a end as they were defeated by the No. 6 seed and defending NFC Champions, the Atlanta Falcons, 13–26 in the Wild Card Round. Coincidentally in the Rams' last playoff game in 2005, they were also beaten by the Falcons.

2018 Los Angeles Rams season

The 2018 Los Angeles Rams season was the franchise's 81st in the National Football League, their 82nd overall, their 52nd in the Greater Los Angeles Area and their second under head coach Sean McVay.

The Rams improved on their 11–5 record from the 2017 season, which ended the franchise's 12-year playoff drought. Los Angeles was victorious in its first eight games of the season (the team's best start since 1969) before the Rams suffered their first loss to the Saints in Week 9.

After defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 54–51 in Week 11 in the third highest-scoring game in NFL history, and a 30–16 victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 13, the Rams clinched the NFC West for the second consecutive year, giving Los Angeles its first back-to-back division titles since the 1978 and 1979 seasons. With that victory, the Rams clinched consecutive playoff berths for the first time since the 2003 and 2004 seasons, when the franchise was based in St. Louis. Following wins over the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers in the final two weeks, the Rams ended the regular season tied with New Orleans for the NFL's best record at 13–3. The 13 regular season victories was tied for the second-most in franchise history and is the most-ever wins in a season for a Los Angeles-based professional football team.

The Rams started their playoff run by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 30–22 in the Divisional round, their first home playoff win in Los Angeles since 1985 and their first home playoff win since 2001 against the Packers while they were based in St. Louis. This would be their first NFC Championship Game appearance since 2001, and their first as the Los Angeles Rams since 1989 (and first while playing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1979). The Rams then defeated the number 1 seed New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game 26–23 in overtime, a game which featured a controversial no-call on an apparent pass interference by Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman. By defeating the Saints, the Rams advanced to Super Bowl LIII, where they faced the New England Patriots. The two teams previously met in Super Bowl XXXVI, in which the Patriots defeated the then-St. Louis Rams 20–17. This is the Rams' first Super Bowl appearance since that game and first based in Los Angeles since Super Bowl XIV in 1979. Playing at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the Rams lost to the Patriots 13–3 in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history.

2019 Los Angeles Rams season

The 2019 Los Angeles Rams season will be the franchise's 82nd season in the National Football League, their 83rd overall, their 53rd in the Greater Los Angeles Area and their third under head coach Sean McVay. It will also mark the Rams' final season playing their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as the team will move into Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood beginning with the 2020 season. They will enter the season as the defending NFC Champions.

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List of Los Angeles Rams head coaches

The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Rams compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The Rams played their first season in 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio. During World War II, the Rams did not play during the 1943 season because of wartime restrictions and shortages. The team became known as the Los Angeles Rams after it moved to Los Angeles, California in 1946. After the 1979 season, the Rams moved south to the suburbs in nearby Orange County, playing their home games at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim for 15 seasons (1980–1994) but kept their Los Angeles name. The club moved east to St. Louis, Missouri before the 1995 season, and moved back to Southern California before the 2016 season.

The Rams franchise has had 26 head coaches throughout its history. Damon Wetzel became the first head coach of the Cleveland Rams in 1936. He served for one season before he was replaced by Hugo Bezdek in 1937 as the Rams became a National Football League franchise. But after losing 13 of 14 games, Bezdek was dismissed and replaced by Art Lewis three games into the 1938 season. Dutch Clark, who was later one of the charter inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, became head coach of the Rams and coached the team for four seasons until the franchise suspended operations for the 1943 season. When the Rams resumed play in 1944, Aldo "Buff" Donelli became head coach and was 4-4 in his only season. In 1945, Adam Walsh became head coach and proceeded to lead the Cleveland Rams to a 9-1 record and the franchise's first NFL championship. Walsh was named the league's Coach of the Year.

Despite the title, the Rams' faltering financial fortunes in Cleveland sparked a move to Los Angeles by owner Dan Reeves. Walsh remained head coach, but left after the Rams finished 6-4-1 in their inaugural season on the west coast. Walsh was succeeded by Bob Snyder, who went 6-6 in his only season in 1947. Clark Shaughnessy took over for the next two seasons and led the Rams to the 1949 NFL Championship game (losing to the Philadelphia Eagles), but he was dismissed for reportedly for creating "internal friction" within the club. Line coach Joe Stydahar was elevated to head coach and guided the Rams back to the NFL championship game in 1950, where they again lost, this time to the Cleveland Browns 30-28. A year later, the teams would rematch, but this time the Rams prevailed 24-17 over the Browns to win the 1951 NFL Championship. Although he was successful as head coach, an internal dispute between Stydahar and assistant coach Hamp Pool spilled over into the public and Stydahar resigned one game into the 1952 season. Pool was elevated to head coach and led the Rams to their fourth straight postseason appearance in 1953, this time losing to the Detroit Lions in a playoff. Pool stayed as head coach for two more seasons before giving way to Sid Gillman, who led the Rams to the 1955 NFL Championship game where they again lost to Cleveland. Although his innovative offensive style would influence pro football for decades to come, Gillman never equaled the success of his first season, and left after five seasons to coach the American Football League's Los Angeles Chargers. The Rams continued without success under head coaches Bob Waterfield and Harland Svare.

In 1966, George Allen was hired as head coach and instantly turned around the Rams' on-field fortunes. In his five seasons, Allen never had a losing record and led the Rams to division titles in 1967 and 1969. But the Rams fell both times to the eventual NFL champion, and that combined with ongoing friction between himself and owner Dan Reeves, made Allen's situation unstable. Allen was originally fired in 1968, but after players interceded on his behalf, Reeves retained him for two more seasons. After failing to make the playoffs in 1970, Allen was released once his contract expired, and he was replaced by former UCLA coach Tommy Prothro, who led the Rams for two unsuccessful seasons.

By this time, Dan Reeves had died, and the franchise was then sold to Robert Irsay, who then immediately traded the franchise to Carroll Rosenbloom in exchange for the Baltimore Colts. Following the 1972 season, Rosenbloom dismissed Prothro and brought in as his replacement Chuck Knox. Installing his trademark "Ground Chuck" offense, Knox led the Rams to a 12-2 record and their first NFC West title, and was named NFL Coach of the Year for 1973. Los Angeles would repeat as division champions four more times under Knox, while also reaching the NFC Championship Game three consecutive years from 1974 through 1976. But the Rams were frustrated each time in their attempt to reach the Super Bowl, and after an upset loss to Minnesota in a 1977 NFC Divisional Playoff, Knox left Los Angeles to take the head coaching job with the Buffalo Bills.

Although he considered hiring future Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh (then the head coach at Stanford, Rosenbloom brought back George Allen to great fanfare. However, Allen's rigid ways clashed with both players on the roster and team administration, including general manager Don Klosterman. The effect of the turmoil on the team was evident, and after the Rams played poorly in a pair of exhibition losses at home, Rosenbloom fired Allen and promoted defensive coordinator Ray Malavasi to head coach.

Malavasi, the lone holdover from Knox's staff, was well-liked by players, and the chemistry showed as the Rams roared to a 7-0 start in 1978 on the way to a 12-4 record and the team's sixth straight NFC West title. Los Angeles finally defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs, but again were denied a chance to play in the Super Bowl when they were shut out 28-0 by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1978 NFC Championship Game. Injuries racked the Rams at numerous positions in 1979 and stumbled to a 9-7 mark, which was still good enough for Los Angeles to claim a then-record seventh straight division championship. In the playoffs, the Rams upset the Cowboys in Dallas, then shut out the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win the NFC Championship and, at last, advance to play in the Super Bowl. Though they were more than 10-point underdogs to the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV, the Rams had the advantage of playing in the Los Angeles area, and led their opponent after each of the first three quarters. But big plays on offense and a critical interception late in the fourth quarter sealed the game for the Steelers 31-19. In 1980, the Rams moved to Anaheim Stadium and after an 0-2 start, won 11 of the next 14 to earn their eighth straight trip to the NFC playoffs, where they were defeated at Dallas. A contract dispute with quarterback Vince Ferragamo marred the 1981 season, as the Rams fell to 6-10. Next season was even worse, as Los Angeles finished with a 2-7 record in 1982, which was disrupted by a players strike that lasted 57 days. Malavasi was then fired after five seasons.

Rams owner Georgia Frontiere, who had taken over the team following the death of her husband Carroll Rosenbloom in 1979, hired former USC head coach John Robinson for the 1983 season. Bringing a host of former Trojan assistants with him, Robinson installed his trademark running game that worked perfectly with the Rams' powerful offensive line and explosive running back Eric Dickerson. Robinson led the Rams to playoff appearances in six of the next seven seasons, including an NFC West title in 1985 as well as reaching the NFC Championship Games in 1985 and 1989. But back-to-back losing seasons in 1990 and 1991 doomed Robinson, who stepped down after a 3-13 campaign. Robinson ended his NFL career with the most wins (79) in Rams franchise history.

Again, the Rams had the opportunity to go with a well-regarded young offensive mind, having interviewed then-San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren. But as her late husband had once done, Georgia Frontiere opted to play it safe by bringing back Chuck Knox, who had just weeks earlier stepped down from coaching the Seattle Seahawks. But Knox was unable to recreate the magic of his earlier tenure with the Rams, as Los Angeles finished 6-10 in 1992 and got progressively worse each following season. Additionally, Frontiere openly flirted with a possible franchise move to St. Louis, and Knox was fired following the Rams' 4-12 finish in 1994.

Making a fresh start in St. Louis, former Oregon head coach Rich Brooks was installed as head coach. After struggling to win, Brooks was fired after just two seasons and replaced by Dick Vermeil. The former Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Vermeil had not coached on any level since retiring in 1982. But after two double-digit loss seasons, Vermeil shepherded the Rams to remarkable turnaround in 1999. Led by the arrival of running back Marshall Faulk and the emergence of quarterback Kurt Warner, the St. Louis Rams took the NFL by storm and went on to win Super Bowl XXXIV 23-16 over the Tennessee Titans. Vermeil then retired and was succeeded by his offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who would ultimately lead the Rams back to the Super Bowl. But after being upset 20-17 by the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI and then losing to the Carolina Panthers in double overtime during the 2003 NFC Divisional Playoff, Martz began to fall out of favor with Rams management. Five games into the 2005 season, Martz took a leave of absence to treat a bacterial infection in his heart. For the remainder of the season, Martz was replaced on an interim basis by Joe Vitt. The Rams finished 6-10 overall and both Martz and Vitt were fired following the season.

Scott Linehan became the new head coach of the St. Louis Rams in 2006 and showed some promise during an 8-8 campaign in which the Rams rallied to win their final three games to finish just one game behind Seattle in the NFC West standings. But St. Louis faltered to 3-13 in {2007 St. Louis Rams season|2007]] and after an 0-4 start in 2008, Linehan was fired. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was elevated to interim head coach, having previously been head coach with the New Orleans Saints. Though he began his brief tenure with two straight wins, the Rams under Haslett ended the 2008 season with 10 straight losses, and Haslett was not considered as a candidate for the permanent head coaching position. The Rams then hired Steve Spagnuolo as head coach after Spagnuolo's successful stretch running the New York Giants defense. But as dismal as St. Louis was in 2008, when the Rams went 2-14, it was even worse in 2009 as St. Louis went 1-15, with only a 17-10 win at Detroit staving off a winless season. Fortunes improved in 2010 thanks to a strong season from rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, as the Rams went 7-9 and were in the playoff hunt until the season's final week, when Seattle defeated them 16-6 to win the NFC West. But the Rams reverted to their losing form in 2011 with a 2-14 record. After losing their final seven games, Spagnuolo was fired along with general manager Billy Devaney.

New Rams owner Stan Kroenke made his first hire with former Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher taking over. The Rams did show overall improvement during a 7-8-1 season. But it was the best that Fisher would be able to do, as the Rams went 7-9, 6-10, and 7-9 in their final seasons in St. Louis. Following the end of the 2015 season, the Rams were approved to return to Los Angeles, ending the NFL's 21-year absence from the market. Fisher, who had guided the Oilers/Titans franchise in its relocation from Houston to Memphis and ultimately to Nashville, was retained and shepherded the Rams through the turmoil of the move. And while the newly-rebranded Los Angeles Rams began the 2016 season 3-1, the team would win only one of its remaining 12 games. Though he had acquired strong talent in successive drafts with Aaron Donald in 2014, Todd Gurley in 2015, and Jared Goff in 2016, Fisher was unable to put together a consistently winning combination on the field. And after a 42-14 loss at home to the Atlanta Falcons that tied him for the most regular season losses by a coach in NFL history, Fisher was fired on December 12, 2016. Special teams coordinator John Fassel was named interim head coach, but was winless in the final three games of the season.

The Rams interviewed a variety of candidates, but surprised many observers by hiring then 30-year-old Sean McVay as head coach on January 12, 2017. With a work ethic and reservoir of knowledge that belied his age, McVay refashioned the team in his own image. The youngest head coach in modern league history hired longtime NFL coach Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator and retained Fassel as special teams coordinator. The results were overwhelmingly positive as McVay's new-look Rams went 11-5 in 2017 and clinched their first NFC West title since 2003, and McVay was named NFL Coach of the Year. In 2018, the Rams improved to 13-3, tying for the second-most regular season wins in team history, and qualified to play in Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots.

Sid Gillman and George Allen have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as coaches. To this date, Dick Vermeil is the only coach to win a Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

List of current National Football League head coaches

The table shows the current coaches and their records for each National Football League (NFL) team. The longest tenured head coach on his current team is Bill Belichick, who has been with the New England Patriots since the 2000 NFL season. Belichick also has the most wins among active coaches, as well as most Super Bowl appearances (9) and Super Bowl wins (6) as head coach. Other coaches to have won a Super Bowl as head coach with their current team are Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton, John Harbaugh, Pete Carroll, and Doug Pederson.

McVay

McVay may refer to:

Bobby McVay, British broadcaster and musician, presenter of the breakfast show on Real Radio in South Wales

Charles B. McVay, Jr. (1868–1949), admiral in the United States Navy after World War I

Charles B. McVay III (1898–1968), the Commanding Officer of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) when it was lost in action in 1945

Hugh McVay (1766–1851), the ninth Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from July 17 to November 22, 1837

Jimmy McVay (born 1889), footballer

John McVay (born 1931), former American football coach

Kenneth McVay, OBC (born 1940), Canadian-American dual citizen and Internet activist against Holocaust denial

Kimo Wilder McVay (1927–2001), musician turned talent manager, who successfully promoted Hawaiian entertainment acts

Sean McVay (born 1986), American football coach

Swifty McVay (born 1974), American rapper and most notably, a member of Detroit rap group, D12

Thomas Wendell McVay, mayor of Lake Wales, Florida, USA between the years of 1953 and 1954

Samson Ebukam

Nnamka Samson Ebukam (born May 9, 1995) is an American football outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Eastern Washington and was drafted by the Rams in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Shane Waldron

Shane Waldron (born August 17, 1979) is an American football coach who is the current pass game coordinator coach of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was previously the tight ends coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League and coach for the Washington Redskins.

Tavon Austin

Tavon Wesley Austin (born March 15, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at West Virginia where he received All-American honors twice. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Troy Hill (American football)

Troy Hill (born August 29, 1991) is an American football cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oregon.

Tyler Higbee

Tyler Higbee (born January 1, 1993) is an American football tight end for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Rams in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at Western Kentucky University.

Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips (born June 21, 1947) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He also served two stints as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, where his team was Super Bowl finalists in his first stint and champions in his second stint. He has served as head coach of the NFL's Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys. He was also an interim head coach for the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, and the Houston Texans. His career winning percentage as a head coach is .546. Phillips is considered to be among the best defensive coordinators in the NFL.

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