What is it like to see your team eliminated from the playoffs on a field goal as time expires in a loss? Look no further than Sean McVay for the answer.
McVay seemed stunned to see his Los Angeles Rams eliminated from the postseason on Robbie Gould’s 33-yard field goal to give the San Francisco 49ers a 34-31 win on Saturday night.
That face when you don't make the playoffs a year after going to the Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/KGWj85FXKp
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) December 22, 2019
McVay’s Rams were up 14-3 in the first quarter and led 28-24 in the fourth quarter. But they allowed two 3rd-and-16 conversions on the final drive to put San Francisco in field goal position and lost on the field goal.
A season after making the Super Bowl, the Rams are now 8-7 and won’t be back in the postseason. McVay had the same look on his face last year after his Rams lost a surprising game to the Eagles.
- Sean McVay
Todd Gurley’s workload has been up and down all season, with little explanation behind it. It doesn’t sound like Sean McVay is about to offer one, either.
On Wednesday, McVay admitted that Gurley’s production has varied, adding that much of it is “not exclusive to what [Gurley] can control.”
McVay on Gurley's season: "There's been some different reasons why the production is what it is – and a large part not exclusive to what he can control."
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) December 18, 2019
Gurley, of course, has had lingering left knee issues for a while now. The Rams have been very careful about his workload, even when he’s producing. He’s gotten 20 or more carries on just two occasions this season, and he’s down to 3.9 yards per carry, a full yard less than last season.
What can Gurley do to change it? Not much. Things like game script matter too, but the Rams don’t want Gurley getting hurt. He’s going to have games where he can’t get it going and they go away from him. McVay sounds like he’d like to reward Gurley with more usage to reward his production, but the running back’s health comes first, even if he’s looked perfectly fine lately.
Running back Todd Gurley’s touches have been closely monitored this season on account of his ongoing knee troubles, but coach Sean McVay is holding out hope he can get back to where he was in 2018.
Gurley, particularly early in the 2018 season, was regularly afforded 25 touches per game or more. That has yet to happen this season, as Gurley hasn’t even seen 20 touches in any of the Los Angeles Rams’ first three games.
McVay offered some hope that Gurley’s usage may increase as the season goes on.
When asked if he could see a game where Todd Gurley would have 25 touches, like he often did last season, Sean McVay said: “That’s the hope.”
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) September 25, 2019
As gifted as the 25-year-old running back is, the Rams clearly have legitimate concerns about the health of his knee. To be clear, he isn’t appearing on injury reports or anything like that, but it has been an ongoing problem. McVay is trying to be optimistic, but the reality is the Rams aren’t eager to overwork their running back.
The Los Angeles Rams continue to ensure that their future will remain bright after their rapid rise under their current regime.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Rams have signed coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead to extensions that will keep them in place well past the opening of the team’s new stadium. ESPN’s Adam Schefter added that both extensions run through 2023.
The #Rams have locked up their top tandem — coach Sean McVay and GM Les Snead — on lucrative multi-year extensions that keep them together for many years deep into when the new stadium opens. Well-deserved for both.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2019
Rams extended the contracts of HC Sean McVay and GM Les Snead through the 2023 season, as @LindseyThiry reported. Rams continue to solidify their future as they prepare to move into their new stadium.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 26, 2019
In two seasons as the Rams’ head coach, McVay has gone 24-8 with an NFC title to his name. Teams throughout the NFL have tried to hire coaches who match his style, so it’s a no-brainer that the Rams would keep him around. Snead has run the Rams’ organization since 2012 and has overseen their recent rise to prominence.
One of the major decisions the McVay-Snead team will have to make in the coming years is what to do with their franchise quarterback and his contract situation. Both will clearly have the confidence of the organization to do as they see fit.
Sean McVay is having a heck of an offseason.
The Los Angeles Rams head coach proposed to girlfriend Veronika Khomyn, who said yes, based on her Instagram.
Khomyn posted a photo on her Instagram Story Saturday night that showed her flashing a ring on her finger and the words “Can’t wait to call him my husband.”
Sean McVay and Veronika Khomyn announce their engagement on IG. Congrats! pic.twitter.com/xmgdaUiDJN
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) June 23, 2019
Khomyn posted on Friday to say she was on vacation in Cannes, France. A day later she shared the engagement news, so it appears he may have proposed during their trip.
Khomyn and McVay have been dating since his time as an offensive assistant with the Washington Redskins. She moved to Los Angeles with him when he was hired by the Rams to become their head coach in January 2017 and has been along for his rise to success, serving as a great fan.
McVay was 31 at the time he was hired by the Rams and turned around a team that was 4-12 and made them 11-5. Then they went 12-4 last season and reached in the Super Bowl, where they lost to the New England Patriots.
Though McVay did not get a Super Bowl ring as he desired, putting on a wedding ring soon should be a nice consolation.
Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay had a rude awakening as to the talent of Bill Belichick and his coaching staff on Sunday in Super Bowl LIII.
McVay openly admitted after the 13-3 loss that he had been outcoached by Belichick, and blamed himself for the team’s inability to find its rhythm offensively.
Rams coach Sean McVay: “I never enabled us to get in a rhythm offensively…but Todd is healthy…I got outcoached tonight.”
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) February 4, 2019
Many were surprised that the Rams’ offense was so flat, and McVay seems to be taking the blame for it. Some of the playcalls were curious, as the Rams insisted on repeatedly throwing on third and short, and never sorted out their run game. Ultimately, he’s still very young and can grow and learn from this, but he definitely got a lesson from a master of in-game adjustments as Belichick got the better of him on this night.
Two primary figures in Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII have a bit more history between them than your average foes.
Sean McVay was a wide receiver for the Miami (OH) RedHawks in 2007, when his team managed to see off the Kent State Golden Flashes, led by dual-threat quarterback Julian Edelman. McVay will coach the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl, while Edelman lines up for the New England Patriots as one of Tom Brady’s favorite receiving targets.
October 7, 2007
Miami (OH) at Kent State
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 21, 2019
McVay had three catches in the game, while Edelman tallied more than 300 total yards.
— Dylan (@DylansRawTake) January 30, 2019
McVay went directly into coaching as an assistant for Jon Gruden after graduating from Miami in 2008. Edelman became a seventh-round pick for the Patriots in 2009, where he was converted to wide receiver and carved out an excellent NFL career that led to this meeting.
McVay had a pretty solid athletic career before going into coaching. He’ll be hoping he gets the same result against Edelman on Sunday as he did in their meeting over a decade ago.