Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay has quickly established himself as arguably the most innovative coach in the NFL, so it should come as no surprise that he has a deep passion for composing a game plan.
McVay has received plenty of credit for the team’s historic turnaround offense over the last two seasons. However, according to JB Long of ESPN, he attributes their success to his coaching staff as a whole:
“What you love is, the play-calling is a collaboration of our offensive staff. I don’t think people realized how involved everybody is. Whether that’s Aaron Kromer, whether it’s Shane Waldron, Zac Taylor, Eric Yarber, Skip Peete. everybody is an intricate part of our offensive game-planning and ultimately how we want to operate during games. What you get so excited about is when you see your guys have success and they’re having fun. We put so much in throughout the course of the week, especially on a short week. this is why you do it, what you love so much about football is trying to help guys continue to grow and have success. And when you see that, that’s part of what makes this job so much fun and addicting. Those are moments that you can never truly emulate in any other setting. You got to be able to enjoy it. And there were a lot of moment where you get jacked up. And I was happy for those guys.”
It should come as no surprise to see McVay downplay his impact in Los Angeles. Ever since he became the youngest head coach in NFL history, he has taken every opportunity to divert the credit away from himself and to those around him. It is part of the reason why he has become one of the most likable coaches in the league. However, his earnestness does not nullify what he has managed to accomplish.
The Rams offense went from worst to first in McVay’s first season in charge en route to NFL Coach of the Year honors. Los Angeles has picked up right where they left off this season despite the departure of offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur and quarterbacks coach Greg Olson. The fact that the Rams have managed to sustain their level of success is a testament to the caliber of coach McVay is.
The biggest difference from last year is the expectations that have now been placed on Los Angeles moving forward. The Rams have been pegged as the early favorite to win Super Bowl LIII and anything short of a championship would be dubbed a disappointment. Regardless, it is safe to assume that McVay will either give credit to his coaching staff and players for their success or take all the blame in the event of a failure.