Red­skins’ McVay takes charge of Rams

Move leaves Wash­ing­ton search­ing for of­fen­sive, de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tors

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS - BY MICHAEL PHILLIPS

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Sean McVay of the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins has been hired as the new coach of the Los An­ge­les Rams, throw­ing the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins’ al­ready busy off­sea­son into fur­ther chaos.

The de­par­ture means coach Jay Gru­den will have to re­place his of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tors, The Spanos fam­ily makes it of­fi­cial, an­nounc­ing the move of its NFL fran­chise to Los An­ge­les. while his star quar­ter­back is set to be­come a free agent in March if the Red­skins don’t use the fran­chise tag or come to a long-term agree­ment.

McVay has been cel­e­brated as one of the game’s ris­ing stars by play­ers and coaches, and will be­come the youngest head coach in NFL his­tory.

McVay turns 31 on Jan. 24. Only two coaches have been hired while 31 years old — Lane Kif­fin in Oak­land, and Har­land Svare, also by the Rams. Nei­ther com­piled a win­ning record in their tenures.

The hir­ing of McVay in Los An­ge­les, com­bined with Wash­ing­ton’s fir­ing of de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Joe Barry, sets the stage for an off­sea­son of change in D.C.

That’s not un­com­mon, but the Red­skins aren’t re­build­ing or com­ing off a ter­ri­ble sea­son, as they of­ten are when mak­ing coach­ing hires.

Gru­den del­e­gated play-call­ing du-

ties to McVay in his sec­ond sea­son, but it’s un­known whether the next of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor will have that re­spon­si­bil­ity too.

The Red­skins most likely will look in­ter­nally to fill the po­si­tion. If tight ends coach Wes Phillips doesn’t head to Los An­ge­les with McVay, he’ll be a top can­di­date, as will of­fen­sive line coach Bill Cal­la­han and quar­ter­backs coach Matt Ca­vanaugh, each of whom has ex­pe­ri­ence as an of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

Who­ever gets the job will walk into an un­cer­tain sit­u­a­tion at quar­ter­back, pend­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween


Sean McVay, the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins, be­came the youngest head coach in NFL his­tory.

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