Now they have the youngest head coach in league history.
On Thursday, the Rams hired 30-year-old Sean McVay, the
The Rams will formally introduce McVay in a news conference Friday at their training facility at Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks.
"This is a great day as we welcome Sean McVay as our new head coach," Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement Thursday. "The accomplishments and success that he has had in less than a decade in our league are impressive.
"We are confident in his vision to make this team a consistent winner and we will all continue to work together to achieve our ultimate goal — bringing a Rams Super Bowl championship home to Los Angeles."
McVay, who will turn 31 on Jan. 24, is about eight months younger than
McVay is essentially in the same age demographic as his players. Rams defensive end
McVay’s most important task: developing quarterback
The Rams have not had a winning season since 2003 and have not made the playoffs since 2004.
Kevin Demoff, vice president of football operations, had said the Rams would not limit their search. They formally interviewed eight candidates before selecting McVay.
"I am incredibly honored by this opportunity and I want to start by thanking Mr. Kroenke and Kevin Demoff for their faith in me to lead the Los Angeles Rams as head coach," McVay said in a statement. "Collectively, we are committed to building a championship-caliber team, and I'm excited to start that process and make our fans proud."
After McVay's hiring was announced, players reacted on social media.
"Excited for the future of this team. Let's do this thing!" tweeted Goff, who met with McVay before he was hired.
“Welcome coach!!! Glad to have you here!!” tweeted middle linebacker
McVay replaces Jeff Fish-er, who despite having a contract extension, was fired with three games left in his fifth season. General Manager
McVay is bringing in veteran coach Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator. Phil-lips, 69, is a former NFL head coach and was Denver’s defensive coordinator for the last two seasons, helping the
Phillips will oversee a unit that ranked ninth under former coordinator Gregg Wil-liams, now with the
The Rams believe McVay can do for the offense what he did in Washington. He is credited with developing quarterback Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round draft pick, into a front-line starter. This season, Washington ranked third in the NFL, averaging 403.4 yards per game. The offense was 12th in scoring, averaging 24.8 points per game.
McVay initially interviewed last week and wowed Rams executives before doing the same in an interview with the
McVay played college football at Miami (Ohio) and got his coaching start in 2008 on Jon Gruden’s staff with the
The Rams also interviewed special teams coordinator John Fassel, Carolina secondary coach Steve Wilks, Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, New England offensive coordinator
Jacksonville hired Marrone on Monday. Vance Joseph, Miami's defensive coordinator, was scheduled to interview with the Rams, but the Broncos hired him as head coach Wednesday.
Lynn was scheduled to interview again with the Rams this week, but the Rams believed they found their coach in McVay. The Chargers appear set to hire Lynn.
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