The Los Angeles Rams coaching staff has been through a lot of transition. As the recent All or Nothing documentary series covered in great detail, the Rams fired Jeff Fisher during the 2016 season. John Fassel served as the coach for the remainder of the season before the Rams selected Sean McVay to be their next head coach.
It is a hire that raised eyebrows as McVay was just 30 years old when he was hired. While McVay may not have the tenure of some of the other coaches in the league, he comes from quite a coaching tree. McVay has learned from a number of top NFL minds like Jon Gruden, Jay Gruden and Mike Shanahan.
McVay and his girlfriend, Veronica, can no longer fly under the radar now that McVay coaches an NFL team in one of the largest NFL markets. What McVay lacks in age, he makes up for in experience coming from a storied football family. As Redskins offensive coordinator, he helped build one of the most dynamic offenses in the league.
Meet the Rams head coach that is looking to turn around the Los Angeles franchise.
1. McVay Is the Youngest Head Coach in NFL History
According to Sports Illustrated, McVay not only became the youngest head coach in the current NFL, but the youngest in NFL history. When McVay was hired by the Rams in January 2017, he was 30 years and 11 months old. McVay’s birthday is January 24, 1986 meaning he is 31 years old at the start of his first season as an NFL head coach.
Prior to McVay, Lane Kiffin was the youngest head coach in NFL history. McVay is hoping for a better outcome as Kiffin went 5-15 before being fired by the Raiders. Overall, history has not been kind to young NFL coaches. The five youngest head coaches in NFL history all finished with losing career records.
2. Prior to Becoming the Rams Head Coach, He Was the Redskins Offensive Coordinator
McVay was the Redskins offensive coordinator for three seasons before he headed to Los Angeles to coach the Rams. He helped orchestrate an explosive Washington offense that finished third in total yards during the 2016 season. While McVay may be making history with his age, the Rams front office felt comfortable taking a chance on his upside.
Rams COO Kevin Demoff spoke with NFL.com about what the team saw in McVay.
You saw [his]maturity. There is a difference between youth and maturity, Sean is very mature. All of these coaches are going to go through experiences for the first time as head coaches that will challenge them. It’s their mental makeup and their fortitude that will determine their success…
We knew Sean could be special. But I would say the final check point for me was when Sean came back on Tuesday night and he had dinner with myself and Marshall Faulk. It was listening to him and Marshall banter back and forth about football and what they had to say, look at each other, watching them walk away and Marshall saying, ‘That person can absolutely be your next head coach.’ That it was not just about the age of the players he was with, it was about earning the respect of people who are very smart people in the NFL. Marshall is one of the brightest players we have ever come across, certainly in our team’s history and in the NFL when you look at what he was able to accomplish. And for us that was the final check mark. Age is not a factor here. This is really about Sean’s talents and his ability to lead and communicate and what we think that would do for the Los Angeles Rams.
3. McVay Purchased a $2.71 Million Southern California Home
McVay got his first taste of life as an NFL head coach after news broke of his recent L.A. area home purchase. According to Trulia, McVay purchased a $2.71 million home in Encino, CA. The luxurious home with a modern look has 4,660 square-feet. Trulia describes the look of the home.
The 4,660 square-foot home, originally built in 1966, features an open concept floor plan with clean lines, cerused oak floors and custom nesting doors to showcase the expansive views of the city lights at night. The kitchen has been completely renovated with gourmet appliances throughout, an 8-foot-by-4-foot marble island and custom cabinetry.
A stylized floating staircase leads to the upstairs where the luxe Californian aesthetic continues. The spacious master suite boasts large windows with panoramic views of the city and is joined by a large sitting area, dual walk-in closets and a dramatic soaking tub and large shower. Down the hall is a large bonus room complete with a balcony—ideal for an in-home theatre to watch film of the team.
McVay seemed surprised people were interested in his home purchase.
“It’s all over TMZ yesterday,” McVay told ESPN. “I closed on a place earlier this week. My girlfriend — she’s on social media, I’m not — she says, ‘You know, it’s everywhere, where we’re living and all that stuff.'”
4. McVay Was a Georgia High School Football Legend
While McVay played college football as a slot receiver for Miami of Ohio, he is best known for his high school football days as a dual-threat quarterback in Atlanta. According to ESPN, McVay became the first player in Marist High School history to both rush and pass for over 1,000 yards in two consecutive seasons.
McVay led his team to a state title in 2003 while playing the second half of the championship game with a broken foot. Todd Holcomb, a high school sports analyst for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution told ESPN McVay was one of the best Georgia high school football players in 2003.
“There were much better college prospects, but nobody had a greater impact on a high school football game than he did,” Holcomb told ESPN.
5. John McVay, Sean’s Grandfather, Was a 49ers GM Who Helped Build Super Bowl Winning Teams
Football runs in the McVay family. According to Fox Sports, McVay’s grandfather, John McVay, was once a San Francisco 49ers executive. As San Francisco GM, he helped build five Super Bowl winning teams for the 49ers.
His father, Tim McVay, played college football for Indiana. McVay’s uncles also played college football, and are now executives for the Outback Bowl. McVay’s grandfather believes his grandson’s trajectory for success started when Jon Gruden gave him an opportunity on the Tampa Bay Bucs coaching staff.
“He had an unusual advantage of having the ability to work with Jon [Gruden], who was sort of his mentor, and he had the ability to work with Mike Shanahan, and he’s worked with Jay Gruden,” John McVay told FOX Sports. “So he’s been immersed in the McVay family, but also in the Gruden family. He’s lived a life of a young prince. He’s around the king all the time and eventually he got the throne.”
McVay’s mother, Cindy McVay, is not involved in football, and is an interior designer in Atlanta. She helped design the inside of her son’s last two homes.