January 28, 2023

Sean McVay tells Rams he’s staying on as coach

LOS ANGELES — Sean McVay has told the Rams he will remain the head coach in Los Angeles, the team announced Friday.

The decision comes days after McVay said at his end-of-season news conference that he was taking “the appropriate amount of time” to make a decision about his future to “find the best way to continue moving forward in the right way. Be the best coach you can be.”

The Rams are coming off a 5-12 season, McVay’s worst losing campaign since being hired in Los Angeles in 2017, as they dealt with multiple injuries, including to their starting quarterback. Matthew StaffordWide receiver Cooper Cup and defensive deterrence Aaron Donald.

During the 2022 season, McVay signed a contract extension that ran through the 2026 season, along with the length of the contract signed by general manager Les Snead.

This isn’t the first time McVay has retired. In the week leading up to Super Bowl LVI last February, McVay answered a question, saying he “couldn’t do it” if he coached until he was 60 and talked about what he wanted to pursue outside of football.

“I know I love football and I’m so invested in this thing that I’m in this moment right now,” McVay said at the time. “But even sometimes, ‘What do you want to do?’ I want to have a family and spend time with them.”

After the Rams’ Super Bowl win, McVay was asked if he would return to Los Angeles in 2022. He replied, “We’ll see.” But less than two weeks after the Super Bowl, McVay told ESPN that he would not pursue any television opportunities and would return to coach the Rams.

McVay, the youngest head coach in modern NFL history and hired by the Rams in 2017 before his 31st birthday, has led Los Angeles to a 67-41 record in six seasons, including the playoffs. His Rams have won three NFC West titles, two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl.

After this season, McVay called his job a “beautiful challenge” and said, “I wouldn’t change any part of it.”

“The bottom line is, make sure you have this joy, this passion, this ability to do things at the level you know you can. Grind the competitor in you … How can you not change who you want to be as a leader with those kinds of things? That’s who I am.” “