How Sean McVay led the Los Angeles Rams into the Super Bowl – the big portrait


He is the youngest Super Bowl coach in NFL history and an internet phenomenon: Sean McVay (33) has not only brought the Los Angeles Rams up through clever coaching.

Jamison Crowder with the wheel route on the right sideline to the first down, then Jordan Reed from a 4×1 Individual Iso Slant for the touchdown. In the closing seconds of matchday seven in 2015, Washington turned the deficit against Tampa Bay into a 31:30 win and improved their score to 3-4. Kirk Cousins ​​later shouts “U like that?” into the catacomb cameras and becomes an internet hit.

Sean McVay remembers the move well. First, because he was Washington’s offensive coordinator and announced him; on the other hand, because in the end he was a reason for the Redskins’ first play-off participation in three years; and mostly because McVay is up to it everyone Turn reminds. A Bleacher Report quiz a few months ago proves that the current head coach of the Los Angeles Rams not only remembers the actions of the previous week, but also detailed excerpts from games over three years ago. He even has high school plays in his head.

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Photographic memory? “If that wasn’t agreed …”

The video that not only
Björn Werner in a kicker interview
amazed (“If that was not agreed …”), gives in two minutes and twelve seconds why two years after his arrival in Los Angeles
half the league is looking for the “next Sean McVay”.
The youngest head coach in NFL history has made a name for himself in no time with his meticulous work, the relationship with his players and the football-crazy head. Sunday night (0.30 a.m., LIVE! At,
and at ProSieben) the 33-year-old meets the 33-year-old Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl – a pre-defined path.

McVay comes from a football family, his father Tim played as a defensive back for Indiana University, his grandfather John was involved as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers in their five Super Bowl victories between 1981 and 1994. Because John McVay previously worked as head coach at the University of Dayton from 1965 to 1972, the family settled in southwest Ohio. Sean McVay lived in Dayton until he was six and later went to the Marist School in Brookhaven (Georgia), for whose football team (the “War Eagles”) he was active as quarterback and defensive back for four years – and was even successful .

Nepotism in football: Sean McVay benefits from John McVay

In his senior year, McVay led the War Eagles to the State Championship and was named the 4A Offensive Player of the Year in Georgia. Although he was unable to build on his successful high school days at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), McVay was already convincing there by thinking outside the box. “He understood everything,” later praised his college coach Shane Montgomery, who had trained McVay as a wide receiver. “He understood the whole offense and was a great leader.”

McVay didn’t catch a touchdown pass at college, but he still wanted to stay true to the sport after graduation. Since his family was well networked and thanks to grandfather John and friends with the Gruden family, McVay got a foot in the door in 2008 with vitamin B.
Jon Gruden
, then head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, installed McVay as an assistant wide-receiver coach. “How many kids are hired directly from college in the NFL?” Father Tim McVay said with praise. “Really not many. He suddenly became one of Jon’s assistants and is completely committed to this task.”

After Gruden was released from the Bucs, McVay’s NFL career also had to take a short break, instead he worked in the (no longer existing) United Football League as a wide-receivers coach for the Florida Tuskers – under offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, John’s brother. The reason that McVay later brought to the big stage.

This time Gruden follows McVay – and the rise takes shape

In 2010, two years after graduating from college, head coach veteran Mike Shanahan brought McVay to the Washington Redskins as an assistant tight-end coach because McVay “asked questions that people of his age don’t normally ask,” like the Washington Post later quoted Shanahan. The following year, the “assistant” supplement was removed from his job title.

His predecessor still knows exactly how McVay worked his way up quickly. “I heard through the wall how he installed plays,” said Matt LaFleur,
new Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers
, the platform “The Ringer”. “It was pretty impressive.” Back then, LaFleur had become a quarterbacks coach and had more and more to do with McVay. “I knew he became head coach the first time I met him. He just has an incredibly positive energy, is extremely intelligent, loves football more than anyone I know and is just brilliant. I think he could have a photographic memory. ”

McVay recommends for LA: “It didn’t take ten minutes”

When Jay Gruden McVay followed to the capital in 2014 and was introduced as the Redskins’ new head coach, he promoted his old companion to the offensive coordinator; McVay was just 28 then. He said goodbye three years later with the recommendation of the league’s second best passing offense, but the play-offs missed Washington.

Sean McVay und Jared Goff

Understand: Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff.
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McVay had made a name for himself, even if he wasn’t praised as the “offensive guru” (original sound Björn Werner) who he is today. Among other things, the Rams were looking for a new head coach in 2017, had just completed the move to Los Angeles, ended the unspeakable Jeff Fisher era and ended the season with number one pick Jared Goff (seven games, seven defeats) and a 4:12 record as the worst offense in the league. Goff was quickly considered a draft disaster.

General Manager Les Snead invited McVay to the interview.
“It didn’t take ten minutes”
As he later revealed “The Ringer”, Snead was already convinced. “Out of intuition. Listening to him with this enthusiasm and communication skills. I just thought: ‘Do you know what? I’ll buy that from him.'”

The youngest head coach in the league is turning a franchise inside out

A year later, at 31, the youngest head coach in NFL history had converted the worst to the best offense, reached play-offs in his first year, shaped Goff from a draft disaster to a pro-bowl quarterback and became the coach of the Appointed annually. “It’s incredible,” said patriots receiver Julian Edelman recently, who played McVay himself in college and faces him on Sunday. “He is my age and leads an entire organization to the Super Bowl.”

Read also: Part I and Part II of the big kicker interview with former NFL professional Björn Werner – about the Super Bowl, draft oddities, the next German wave and much more.

How? Firstly, with charisma and communication. “Age is completely irrelevant to anyone who meets Sean,” says Left Tackle Andrew Whitworth, one of McVay’s most important signings. “As soon as you talk to him, you realize that his intellect and understanding of the game are on a different level.” Goff is also full of praise: “How he communicates things, how he makes the most complicated moves look so easy. I just thought ‘wow’.” The “wrestler” sums it up: “McVay doesn’t train football, he teaches football.”

Werner is also enthusiastic: “People think that’s cool”

Goff & Co. not only benefit from communication, but also from the way they play. No team plays more 11 people (a formation with a running back, a tight end and three wide receivers) than the Rams (96 percent). From a formation that looks almost the same before each snap, endless possibilities are exhausted, which the opposing defense often catch on the wrong foot. “That’s why we’re so difficult to defend,” said Goff, who meets with McVay every Monday and Friday to prepare new moves for the upcoming opponent.

Through the play-action-heavy game, Goff also escapes the pass rush. The 24-year-old, like McVay and so many others in his first Super Bowl, is the most vulnerable under pressure
and also revealed that in the middle of the season.
Together the quarterback and his coach got out of the hole.

McVay is not a normal trainer, not just because of his age. “He controls the superstars,” explains ex-NFL professional Werner, “and you don’t see that very often either.” At 4 a.m., McVay is the first on the Rams training grounds in Thousand Oaks, northwest of Los Angeles. He becomes a Twitter hero weekly; sometimes because of violent cheers with Goff; sometimes because he knows the opposing squad better than his coach; sometimes because of his athletic coach, whose only job in the game is to keep McVay away from the referees around the field to avoid penalties. “McVay shows his emotions and how much he loves football,” says Werner. “People think that’s cool.”

“Many players want to have a beer with him after the game”

A Super Bowl bankruptcy would be a blow to the neck, but not a broken leg. Even though Goff will soon no longer be playing under his rookie contract and the free agency options will then be somewhat restricted, the young squad is designed to play at the top for a long time. Bjorn Werner would wish McVay the triumph, even if he relies on the experience of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. McVay’s reputation would not be interrupted: “With him, many players will surely want to drink a beer after the game.”

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