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Rams hire Sean McVay as head coach

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The Los Angeles Rams today announced that they have hired Sean McVay as their next head coach, making him the youngest head coach in NFL history.

He will turn 31 on January 24, but he’s not unqualified. In 2016, he led a Redskins offense that ranked third in the NFL in yards per game and 12th in points per game, while they were the second-ranked passing offense as he helped Kirk Cousins have a very good season. McVay spent three seasons as the Redskins offensive coordinator (2014-2016), and he did some great work with Cousins and that offense. Before his time as coordinator, he spent four seasons with Washington coaching tight ends and also spent a season with the Buccaneers at the NFL level (meaning he’s worked with both Jon and Jay Gruden).

For the Rams, they’re surely hoping that McVay can help their young quarterback Jared Goff in much the same way that he helped Kirk Cousins in Washington. McVay is a good young coach, and the Rams are to be commended for going with a hire that’s not a big name but that might be a good fit, as though a bigger name might have been an easier sell in LA, they’re going with the guy they think is best.

One other potential note about this hire to pay attention to is the fact that, according to multiple reports, it sounds like McVay wants to bring Wade Phillips along as defensive coordinator and that it’s a move that could happen. If that’s the case, the Rams would have a good offensive coach (McVay) and a good defensive coach (Phillips) leading the way, which should help things immensely. The defensive coordinator hire hasn’t happened yet, but it’s still worth noting.

The Colts will face the Rams in Los Angeles next year, so they’ll likely have special interest in paying attention to how McVay and the Rams do in trying to turn things around in 2017.

The hire leaves just two head coaching jobs currently open, as the Chargers and 49ers have yet to hire anybody. The Jaguars hired Doug Marrone, the Broncos hired Vance Joseph, the Bills hired Sean McDermott, and now the Rams have hired Sean McVay.