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Monday, October 22, 2018

Articles tagged: Sean McVay

Rams players convinced Sean McVay to go for it on risky fourth down call

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Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay won a lot of plaudits for boldly going for it on 4th and 1 from their own 42 yard line with 1:39 left in the game, converting successfully and clinching a win. However, if you ask him, his players deserve all the credit.

McVay originally had his punt team on the field, but during a Seattle Seahawks timeout, McVay admitted his players successfully lobbied him into making the call.

“Initially we talked about punting it,” McVay said Sunday, via Myles Simmons of the team’s official website. “You look at the belief that they had and how much they wanted to do and because of their belief, it made me feel confident — it made us as a coaching staff feel confident to make that decision.”

The Rams did not let McVay down, as quarterback Jared Goff kept the ball and got the necessary yardage for the first down.

The call was far from a no-brainer. Had the Rams failed, Seattle would have gotten the ball less than ten yards from field goal range, which could have set them up for a game-winning field goal try down 33-31.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll likely deserves a shoutout too. Without him calling timeout, the Rams would have had no chance to reconsider, and the punt team would have simply done their job and put the onus on the Los Angeles defense with a minute to go.

Sean McVay did not mind Marcus Peters’ obscene TD celebration

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Sean McVay is the youngest head coach in the NFL, and it shows sometimes.

Speaking with the media on Friday, the Los Angeles Rams coach said that he did not mind cornerback Marcus Peters’ obscene touchdown celebration during the team’s Week 1 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

“At the end of the day this is a game,” said McVay, per Clarence Daniels of the Rams’ official site. “It’s fun, he was having fun, guys were enjoying that.”

Peters, who was just acquired by the Rams in March, intercepted a Derek Carr pass in the fourth quarter and took it 50 yards to the house. On his way to the end zone, Peters flipped backwards and grabbed his crotch in a tribute of sorts to the celebration of close friend and Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.

The NFL did not see things McVay’s way however and fined Peters $13,000 for the celebration. On the bright side though, the 32-year-old McVay’s relatability may be almost as big of an asset as his incredible mind.

Wade Phillips sends perfect tweet about Sean McVay’s unreal memory

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Wade Phillips sent a perfect tweet on Friday about Sean McVay’s unreal memory.

McVay, the 32-year-old second-year head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, led his team to an incredible turnaround in his first season. The Rams look even better early on in 2018, and McVay is now gaining a reputation for being a savant.

McVay has the ability to recall every single play he has called during his career as a head coach or offensive coordinator. He first showed off that ability in a feature for HBO’s “Real Sports.” He did it again this week for Bleacher Report, which prompted a great tweet from his defensive coordinator, Phillips.

Phillips is in his second year as McVay’s defensive coordinator with the Rams. He may be aging at 71, but he’s not too old to send some clever tweets.

Sean McVay shows off his ridiculous memory yet again

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Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay is considered one of the best young offensive minds in football, and it’s easy to see how he reached the highest level of coaching when you get an idea of his attention to detail.

Simply put, McVay’s memory is amazing. The guy pretty much remembers every play from every game he’s ever coached in. We saw examples of that during his interview with HBO’s Bryant Gumbel earlier this summer, and again in a fun pop quiz with Bleacher Report this week.

McVay obviously has a photographic memory, which is more common than you think with coaches and athletes. Heck, we all saw the way LeBron James was recapping games during the NBA playoffs this year, and even that was amazing. The fact that McVay can remember something from years ago when he was an assistant coach is remarkable.

Sean McVay has great reaction to question about Brandin Cooks trade

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The Los Angeles Rams made one of the biggest trades of the offseason when they sent their first-round pick to the New England Patriots for Brandin Cooks, and it is clear Sean McVay doesn’t have a hint of buyer’s remorse over the deal.

On Tuesday, a reporter asked McVay how difficult it was to part with the No. 23 overall pick in the NFL Draft to acquire Cooks. The second-year coach had a great response.

McVay has a point. First-round picks hold a lot of value in football, but the odds of whiffing are pretty high. In Cooks, the Rams get a 24-year-old star receiver who has already proven he can succeed in two different passing offenses, posting three straight 1,000-yard seasons in New Orleans and New England. He has also averaged eight touchdown receptions over the past three years.

Teams are often hesitant to part with first-round picks for any position player other than a quarterback, but the Rams took a huge step forward on offense last season. Jared Goff has already shown his excitement with L.A. signing another key player, and you can bet he was even more thrilled that the Rams pulled the trigger on trading for Cooks.

Sean McVay: Rams, Aaron Donald communicating better during contract impasse

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Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald was absent from voluntary workouts, with a new contract remaining in the balance.

The same thing happened a year ago, when Donald skipped all of training camp in search of a new contract he never got before returning on the eve of the season opener. Coach Sean McVay thinks this year will be different, however, because communication between the Rams and Donald’s camp is better now than it was then.

“I think the best thing we have going is now there’s been a year of working together,” McVay said, via Nick Shook of NFL.com. “There’s a rapport, there’s a relationship that’s been established and we’re in constant dialogue and communication. When this happened last year, we weren’t involved really much in communication between myself and Aaron. And I think you feel good about it just knowing where he’s at.

“You know he’s going to be a guy who’s so conscientious. He’s working hard, he’s doing all those things back at home in Pittsburgh … so it leaves me with a much better understanding of where we’re at. We’re proactively continuing to work toward solutions — we got meetings and things like that set up — and we’re hopeful that [a new contract] will eventually come.”

After the Rams moved to get Donald a new partner on the defensive line, he’ll want to get paid. He has for over a year. It sounds like something might just get done this time.

Sean McVay calls Baker Mayfield ‘impressive’

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Sean McVay is a fan of Baker Mayfield.

The Los Angeles Rams head coach met the Heisman Trophy winner at the Super Bowl earlier this month, but they spent a little more time together this week. Coincidentally, the two were on the same flight Tuesday to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. McVay spotted Mayfield and called him over to sit next to him. The two ended up talking, with McVay sharing some advice for Mayfield ahead of his big week meeting with teams.

McVay had nothing but positive things to say about Mayfield when talking with ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez on Wednesday.

“You can see he understands football; he’s put good stuff on tape for the last handful of years,” McVay said. “His resume speaks for itself.”

McVay also called Mayfield “an impressive guy” and “very likable.”

Mayfield has received some criticism and even comparisons to Johnny Manziel, likely due to his trash-talking ways and sometimes questionable behavior. But an endorsement from McVay should go a long way.