By HCR Staff | Aug. 1, 2018
Between now and the start of the 2018 season, Head Coach Ranking will provide a scouting report on all 32 NFL head coaches. Today, we’ll take a look at Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay.
Sean McVay’s rookie season could not have gone much better — he demonstrated all the traits necessary to have a very long and successful tenure as a head coach.
So much so, we don’t see any weakness in his game — at least not yet.
McVay is a good teacher, a good motivator, poised, and shows a refreshing lack of ego (it doesn’t faze him that all credit on defense goes to Wade Phillips and all credit on special teams goes to John Fassel).
He also is one of the best offensive play-callers in the game. He has launched QB Jared Goff’s career and he’s turned RB Todd Gurley into an MVP candidate.
Personally, he’s been able to earn his players’ unwavering confidence in him, notwithstanding his youth. There have been many older head coaches who lack his growing gravitas.
The biggest challenges he’ll face as he grows have less to do with football and more to do with the intangibles of leadership. Last year, the Rams were underdogs and media darlings. This year, much more is expected. How will McVay respond if and when some adversity arises? Last year was a relatively smooth upward trajectory (e.g., remarkably healthy squad) — that might not happen again.
Additionally, the Rams last year were a young bunch largely devoid of big stars with big money contracts. Given this, McVay didn’t have to be drawn into many protracted media sessions about contract discussions and other matters that didn’t concern Xs and Os. This year, the Aaron Donald contract drama may consume his time.
In 2006, two bright, young offensive minds became head coaches. Sean Payton and Mike McCarthy have since won Super Bowls. McVay shows equal promise.