Over the last two years, Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay has played an instrumental role in getting Kirk Cousins paid. Since being promoted from tight ends coach to OC when Jay Gruden took over in 2014, McVay has steadily improved the passing game from 16th in yards to 11th, 11th, and then second this past season. (Not that yards is the best way to illustrate a point, but it was the best way for me to illustrate this point.)
With that, Cousins has gone from a middling backup to a player who over the last two seasons has completed 68.3% of his passes for 7.9 yards per attempt, 54 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, and a passer rating of 99.3. Cousins was paid over $18 million on the franchise tag last season and could get more than $23 million next year, if not a long-term deal with perhaps triple that amount guaranteed. But he might have to continue his hot streak without McVay.
The LA Rams are known to be heavily interested in him to be the next head coach, having already interviewed him twice. (Update: The Rams indeed have named him as their next head coach.)
Los Angeles will get the Chargers and the NFL’s youngest head coach in history within 24 hours of each other.
Oh yeah, McVay was born in 1986.
If McVay was a player, he would have probably been drafted between 2007 and 2009, something like that. He may have been drafted the same year that the Rams took Chris Long second overall, or when they picked Sam Bradford first overall. That’s how old he is, a man preparing for his 31st birthday in 12 days.
While many have anticipated that the Rams would be targeting a coach similar to Jeff Fisher in experience, they are instead going with a guy who could be Fisher’s son. In fact, McVay might even be younger than his son, Brandon Fisher. Said Jon Gruden of McVay, who he hired to be an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008 when he was only 22: “He’s special.”
The move isn’t necessarily a good one or a bad one for the Rams, just an interesting one. Gruden was very successful for the Oakland Raiders and Buccaneers. It is certainly more exciting than Fisher and if he lands the defensive coordinator he’s said to be courting, Wade Phillips, LA may give the Seattle Seahawks even more trouble than they already do.