The Los Angeles Rams made headlines during the regular season when they decided to fire head coach Jeff Fisher, less than a week after the organization announced his extension. With three interim games under John Fassel, much progress wasn’t made, but gave them a head start on their coaching search.
On Thursday, the Rams found their match. Upon going through multiple interviews with coaches around the league, it appears the Rams will slate the youngest head coach in NFL history next season, via Adam Schefter on ESPN:
Rams are now making former Washington OC Sean McVay the youngest HC in NFL history, per source. McVay turns 31 years old on Jan. 24.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2017
Sean McVay spent the past season as the offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins, garnering attention around the league for his impressive work. It appears the Rams decided to go with a younger head coach, in order to connect more so with the likes of Jared Goff and Todd Gurley.
During the final days of the regular season, the Rams made a point about finding an offensive minded coach, that can grow with the offense and help aide them to victory.
The soon to be 31-year-old head coach will take over a struggling franchise that just experienced a disastrous first season back in Los Angeles. While McVay and the organization patiently wait for the Inglewood stadium to be complete, the head coach now can begin his offseason work and transition into a head coach.
However, McVay has yet to have his press conference or announce his coordinators. Being an offensive coach, his defensive coordinator selection will surely require a proven coach. Reports indicated that if McVay were to be hired, he had his sights set on Wade Phillips as the defensive coordinator of the Rams.
Phillips, a proven and respected figure around the league, who be in control of a defense that was ranked in the top 10 all season long. If the Rams were to sign Phillips, it would mark a tremendous turnaround from a season ago.
With the head coaching search all but done for the Rams, McVay has an opportunity to help guide his team back on the path to a successful football team.