Redskins’ McVay takes charge of Rams
Move leaves Washington searching for offensive, defensive coordinators
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.