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Sean McVay is not a fan of piped-in NFL crowd noise

Sean McVay

The piped-in NFL crowd noise was not terribly intrusive on TV, but Sean McVay felt a little different at the stadium.

The Los Angeles Rams coach went out of his way to take a shot at what he called the “irritating” crowd noise in empty stadiums when speaking to the media on Wednesday.

It’s probably bizarre to be in a big, empty stadium and simultaneously hearing that coming through the speakers. McVay is far from alone to hate that, though some other coaches have voiced different reasons for their concern.

McVay may be happier with empty stadiums on the road, as it may be helping away teams. It doesn’t sound like he’ll like the fake crowd noise anywhere, though.

Report: ESPN tried to recruit Sean McVay for ‘Monday Night Football’

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay has already led his team to a Super Bowl and essentially has his entire coaching career in front of him, but that did not stop ESPN from exploring whether or not the 34-year-old has interest in wearing a different type of headset.

ESPN spoke with McVay this offseason about joining the “Monday Night Football” crew as an analyst, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports. While McVay entertained the conversation, he is under contract with the Rams and has no interest in leaving his job.

Should McVay decide he wants to take some time off from coaching, ESPN made it clear there would be interest in hiring him in a broadcast role.

While you can’t blame ESPN for trying, the fact that they reached out to a 34-year-old head coach whose job is completely secure gives you an idea of how desperate the network is. They’ve decided to hire strictly from within to replace Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland, but that was not their first, second, or even third choice.

A slew of former and current NFL quarterbacks turned down massive offers from ESPN. The network also considered moving its top college broadcast duo to NFL games. McVay was simply another option ESPN decided to explore out of desperation, albeit a very unrealistic one.

Sean McVay already seems over the ‘Hard Knocks’ life

NFL teams aren’t exactly lining up to appear on “Hard Knocks” annually, and those who are ultimately selected sometimes hint at how strange it is to have the cameras everywhere.

Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay is getting the treatment this year, and he already appears to be less than enthusiastic about it.

This appears tongue-in-cheek, but there’s probably a bit of reality around it. Players and coaches like to go about their business during training camp, and the production crews can sometimes get in the way and be distracting. In the past, coaches haven’t even bothered to hide their displeasure with it.

The Rams, along with the Los Angeles Chargers, are being featured this season. Things will look a bit different than normal, which should provide for good viewing — as long as you’re not in the locker room dealing with the cameras.

Sean McVay is not thrilled about 49ers’ addition of Trent Williams

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Sean McVay is not too thrilled about the San Francisco 49ers’ addition of Trent Williams.

The Niners on Saturday acquired Williams in a trade with Washington for a 2020 fifth and 2021 third-round pick. The trade gives San Francisco a left tackle after Joe Staley retired.

So what does McVay think? The Los Angeles Rams head coach joked that San Francisco’s addition would lead him to drink.

The Rams were the big dogs in the NFC West two years ago and made the Super Bowl, going 13-3. The 49ers went 4-12 that same year. But last year, the Rams were 9-7 while the 49ers went 13-3 and reached the Super Bowl. Maybe this is another sign to McVay about how tables have turned between the teams.

Sean McVay’s face after Rams were eliminated from playoffs said it all

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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.

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: Lower production out of Todd Gurley’s control

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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.”

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.

Sean McVay hopeful Todd Gurley can get 25 touches per game

Todd Gurley

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.

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.

Rams sign coach Sean McVay, GM Les Snead to multi-year extensions

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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.

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, girlfriend Veronika Khomyn get engaged

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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.”

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.

Sean McVay admits he was outcoached in Super Bowl loss

Sean McVay stunned

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.

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.