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 by Elvis
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http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/1847 ... ding-light

Sean McVay hangs hat on potential for connecting with Rams' players

Alden Gonzalez
ESPN Staff Writer

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Sean McVay's second trip to Los Angeles began with a Tuesday dinner at Spago, an iconic restaurant located in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke was there. So was Marshall Faulk, the Hall of Fame running back who is one of the franchise's most successful players. And so was COO Kevin Demoff, the man leading its search for a new head coach.

Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef and owner, came by frequently, and every time he did, he kept saying the same thing:

We need to find a coach!

Puck had no idea that coach would soon be the 30-year-old young man sitting at that very table.

"You had to laugh," Demoff said. "As we're walking away, Sean goes, 'I don't think that guy knows that I'm interviewing to be head coach.' It'll be interesting to see if Wolfgang sees a T.V. and is like, 'Wait, that was the guy!'"

Yes, Mr. Puck, that guy.

The wide-eyed, vibrant, youthful McVay was formally introduced as the Rams' new head coach on Friday afternoon, with his parents and brother joining roughly 50 media members in the audience. In 11 days, McVay will turn 31. And when the season begins, he will be the youngest head coach in the NFL's modern era.

He's been hearing that a lot, especially with regards to how he will lead a locker room full of millionaires who aren't much younger.

"The way you earn these players' respect is, 'Do you help them become a better football player?'" McVay said, talking about the importance of building trust with players as a way to maximize their abilities. "Those are the things that I think help with the youth, where you can make those connections, build those relationships."

McVay is fascinated by books on leadership, his favorite being one written by Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh: "The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership."

McVay's grandfather, John, worked with Walsh as an executive on the San Francisco 49ers teams that claimed five Super Bowl titles in the 1980s and '90s. His father, Tim, is vice president and general manager of WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Said McVay: "My dad always jokes with me, 'You are a total vegetable other than with football.' "

McVay admittedly doesn't have many hobbies outside of this game. There hasn't been much time. After serving as a receiver at Miami University in Ohio from 2004-07, he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an offensive assistant. Then he coached in the United Football League, and then, in 2010, he joined the Washington Redskins, progressing from assistant tight ends coach to offensive coordinator to ballyhooed head-coaching candidate.

McVay thanked Bruce Allen, Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden, among several others, from the podium.

He also mentioned Jon Gruden, the ESPN analyst who gave him his first chance in the NFL, as the man who "taught me the foundation of what I know about this game and truly taught me to look at the game from a 22-man perspective."

Jon Gruden, head coach of that '08 Bucs team, is the first name everybody thinks about when they first meet McVay.

"There are times when I close my eyes and hear Jon Gruden," Demoff said, "whether it's the cadence or the hand movements."

The Rams fired Jeff Fisher on Dec. 12 and interviewed at least six other candidates to replace him, including Steve Wilks (Panthers assistant head coach), Harold Goodwin (Cardinals offensive coordinator), Josh McDaniels (Patriots offensive coordinator), Matt Patricia (Patriots defensive coordinator), Doug Marrone (the former Jaguars interim coach who was recently given the full-time role) and Anthony Lynn (the former Bills interim coach who was named Chargers head coach on Thursday).

Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons offensive coordinator who was deemed a favorite when the process began, was supposed to be interviewed last weekend, but the Rams were held up in Boston due to inclement weather.

They had rescheduled for this coming Sunday but never went through with it.

Said Demoff: "We knew we had our guy."

McVay, who will indeed call plays for the Rams, got the job because of how masterfully he led the Redskins' offense these last three years. He got the job because of his work with quarterback Kirk Cousins. He got the job because he would be bringing the 69-year-old Wade Phillips in as his defensive coordinator.

Wade agreed on a deal with the Rams on Thursday to take the job, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Really, though, he got the job because of how thoroughly he impressed the Rams during the interview process.

"When you're meeting someone who is 30 years old, your natural reaction is that you want to believe, but you're searching for the reasons why," Demoff said. "Sean kept knocking those down at every turn, to the point where 'why' changed to, 'Why not?' "

That moment hit Rams general manager Les Snead when he glanced at McVay's phone. He received more than 300 texts while his name made the rounds these last couple weeks. Through that, Snead saw phone calls from established Redskins players on both sides of the ball, like receiver DeSean Jackson and cornerback Josh Norman.

"At the end of the day, those men who go out on Sundays, they're the most important," Snead said. "He's been able to lead those guys to success, and when he left, they reached out."

Demoff saw the glowing receivers from former Redskins tight ends like Logan Paulsen and Chris Cooley.

He heard several others personally.

"The terms you saw were 'brilliant,' 'genius,' 'star,' " Demoff said. "Jon Gruden suggested he was special. Those are amazing adjectives when you talk about describing someone. When you ask people for the negatives, they always say, 'He's young.' We always looked at that as just another descriptive word. To me the age factor, when you look at what the players said, this is about leading players, and their devotion to Sean, the way they feel, what you read about him, is to us what negated the age factor. They could believe in Sean as a leader."

McVay first met with the Rams' interviewing party -- Demoff, Snead and senior assistant Tony Pastoors -- over dinner in Santa Monica on Jan. 4, which represented only the second time McVay had even been to Southern California. They sat down for a formal interview the following morning, and after McVay left, Snead announced: "I'm buying stock in Sean McVay."

But Demoff wasn't certain until the night of that Tuesday dinner, while watching McVay and Faulk banter about football.

Shortly after the group sat down, actor Josh Duhamel and his wife, pop star Fergie, said hello to Kroenke. Then Puck came through. And then they all talked. On the way out, Faulk turned to Demoff and said, "That person can absolutely be your next head coach." The next day, Faulk raved about McVay in a phone conversation with Kroenke. And then, on Thursday morning, Kroenke offered McVay a five-year contract over breakfast.

That dinner did it.

"I'm sure he started off the dinner with, 'Why?' " Demoff said. "By the end, it was, 'Why not?' "

 by Elvis
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/3f23f66d ... g-job-rams

Young McVay brings energy, passion to coaching job with Rams
By GREG BEACHAM

Jan. 13, 2017 6:22 PM EST

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Although Sean McVay is the youngest head coach in modern NFL history, he sees himself as the end product of many decades of football knowledge passed down by Jon Gruden, Mike Shanahan and his other veteran coaching mentors.

The Los Angeles Rams are banking on this precocious 30-year-old to end a playoff drought that began when he was in high school.

The Rams introduced McVay as the 23rd head coach in franchise history Friday. The former Washington offensive coordinator made no guarantees for a franchise with 13 straight non-winning seasons, but vowed to create a team built on character and hard work.

"Becoming a head coach is something that you always dream of when you get into the coaching profession," said McVay, who entered the profession in 2008.

"But one of the things that you realize is that these opportunities never present themselves unless you're fortunate to be around great coaches and mentors to help guide you along the way."

Still 11 days shy of his 31st birthday, McVay publicly accepted his first head coaching job at the Rams' training complex with self-effacing confidence and gratitude.

He also had a few words of assurance for his mother, Cindy, who told him that his life will never be the same after becoming the face of LA's longest-tenured football team.

"It's going to be a challenge, and it won't be easy," McVay said. "But I can't wait to go to work."

McVay replaces Jeff Fisher, who capably shepherded the Rams' move from St. Louis to Los Angeles last year, but never managed a winning season in five years with the club. They haven't made the playoffs since the 2004 season, and Southern California hasn't seen a winning Rams team since 1989.

McVay's exceptional performances in interviews with the Rams persuaded owner Stan Kroenke and their brain trust to take a chance.

"Anytime you get someone who's passionate about being the best every single day, you want to jump on board," general manager Les Snead said. "That's a special quality, and he's passionate about football. He's passionate about the process. We're very aligned in that way."

Snead participated in the Rams' coaching search while the team made no announcement about whether he would be retained, but he confirmed he is staying with the club.

McVay's coaching staff also is taking shape: He confirmed that 69-year-old NFL veteran Wade Phillips will be his defensive coordinator, and the Rams are retaining longtime special teams coordinator John Fassel, who served as their interim coach for the last three games.

McVay got his start right out of college at Miami (Ohio) as Gruden's assistant receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, mostly running errands and soaking up his boss' famed work ethic and intensity.

McVay's grandfather, John, was a longtime NFL personnel executive with the San Francisco 49ers, who once employed Gruden's father, Jim, as a scout.

After one season, he went to work for Gruden's brother, Jay, with the UFL's Florida Tuskers. McVay then landed a job on Shanahan's staff with the Redskins, and he stayed on when Jay Gruden took over three years ago. McVay spoke to Shanahan by phone shortly after getting the job Thursday.

McVay will call plays for the Rams' offense, the NFL's worst for two straight seasons. On his first day on the job, he gave strong support to Jared Goff. The No. 1 pick in last year's draft took a beating in a winless debut season as Los Angeles' starter.

"This is a guy we believe in," McVay said. "We're encouraged and excited about developing him."

Goff shared the enthusiasm after talking extensively with McVay earlier in the week.

"Coming out of my meeting, I felt like it was a guy that I would love to play for, and hopefully play a long time for," Goff said. "I expect him to bring out the best in me."

McVay initially thought he had never been to Los Angeles before this week, but then recalled he was in Thousand Oaks last summer to visit a sports academy.

He didn't immediately connect that trip to the far-flung LA suburbs to his new job in the same town — a demonstration of both his narrow focus on football and the spread-out nature of the metropolis where his Rams will be competing with the Los Angeles Chargers for attention and wins.

McVay got a taste of exactly what he's about to experience in the NFL and in Hollywood this week when he went to dinner with owner Stan Kroenke, Rams COO Kevin Demoff and Rams great Marshall Faulk at the famed Spago in Beverly Hills. Restaurateur Wolfgang Puck excitedly greeted the group with a request: "We need to find a coach!"

"I'm sure when he looked at Sean, he had no clue that Sean was interviewing to be the coach," Demoff said.

The millennial coach had his own welcome-to-LA moment during the same dinner when actor Josh Duhamel and singer Fergie came over to wish Kroenke luck. When Puck came to the table, McVay could only chuckle.

"He kept asking Mr. Kroenke, 'Have we found a coach'" McVay said, standing up from his chair for emphasis while retelling the story. "I wanted to say, 'Hey, man! Right here!'"

 by Elvis
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http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rams ... mcvay.html

Youth is served as Rams turn to Sean McVay to turn team around

Jan. 13, 2017

By RICH HAMMOND / STAFF WRITER

THOUSAND OAKS – Perhaps now, Sean McVay can get a table at Spago on his own merits.

McVay dined at the famous Beverly Hills restaurant Tuesday night with Rams owner Stan Kroenke and team executives. Celebrity couple Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel stopped by the table to greet Kroenke, as did restaurant owner and chef Wolfgang Puck, who urged Kroenke to take action.

“He kept asking Mr. Kroenke, ‘Hey, have we found a coach?’” McVay said. “I wanted to say, ‘Hey, man, right here!’ He kept saying, ‘Have we found a coach yet?’ Mr. Kroenke didn’t know how to respond. Next time I’ll say, ‘I’m the coach.’”

Approximately 36 hours after that dinner, the Rams offered the job to McVay and he quickly accepted. McVay, who turns 31 this month, has become the youngest head coach in the modern era of the NFL.

If Friday’s introductory news conference is an indication, the job isn’t too big for McVay. He looked the part, with a sharp blue suit, gold tie and his initials monogrammed on his right shirt cuff. McVay, through his energy and even his speech pattern, seemed to channel his coaching mentor, Jon Gruden.

This is the Rams’ big hope, that McVay is young, energetic and sharp enough to connect with his players and revitalize a Rams team that hasn’t made the playoffs since McVay was a teenager.

“After that dinner,” Rams chief executive officer Kevin Demoff said, “we said, there’s no reason to wait. We have our guy.”

The Rams fired Jeff Fisher on Dec. 12 and, shortly thereafter, Demoff and Rams executives made a list of qualities they wanted in a new coach. They sought, Demoff said, a skilled communicator, an innovative tactician and an energetic presence, and they solicited opinions from outside the Rams’ facility, from former NFL coaches and executives such as Gruden, Bill Polian and Tony Dungy.

“We took those priorities and we started to ask about people,” Demoff said. “The name that kept popping up, over and over again, was Sean McVay.”

McVay spent the previous three seasons at Washington under head coach Jay Gruden, Jon’s brother, and Jon Gruden hired McVay for his first NFL job eight years ago, as a low-level assistant in Tampa Bay.

That’s where, in 2008, Demoff – who worked in Tampa Bay’s front office – first encountered McVay, then age 22. The two weren’t close, but Demoff never kept McVay’s name out of the back of his mind.

So when the Rams looked to fill their opening, they looked at the high-profile offensive coordinators – such as Atlanta’s Kyle Shanahan and New England’s Josh McDaniels – but when McVay had his first interview, a few days after the Rams’ Jan. 1 season finale, Demoff told McVay to delay his trip home.

“Stick around,” Demoff told McVay. “You’re not going anywhere. We’re going to get Jared here.”

Jared Goff, quarterback and centerpiece of the Rams’ future, sat for two hours in a meeting room with McVay. Demoff and other Rams staffers left the two of them to, hopefully, bond. It worked.

“It was really positive,” Goff said. “I came away from it very impressed and excited. I didn’t know, at the time, who they were going to decide on, but coming out of that meeting, I was like, ‘If they pick him, I’m going to be really excited.’ Ultimately they did, and when I heard the news (Thursday), I was very excited.”

Demoff said concerns about McVay’s age quickly were assuaged. He reached out to people who know McVay and used words such as brilliant, genius, star and special to describe him.

The similarities between McVay and Gruden became clear to the Rams, and the thought of a long-term partnership between Goff and McVay became too tantalizing to pass up.

This week, Demoff said, the questions about McVay’s age became irrelevant, and it became clear that the prospective coach and the team agreed on future plans for the team.

“I’d like to think that those are some of the characteristics I embody,” McVay said. “Teacher, leader, motivator, positive, energy and enthusiasm every single day. Ultimately, it’s about finding ways to be great communicators on all levels of the organization.”

In McVay, the Rams get a young student of the game. His grandfather, John, was a longtime successful executive in San Francisco. His father, Tim, played college football.

Moreover, McVay studies. He reads books about coaching, leadership and motivation, and said his parents tease him about not having a life outside of football. McVay joked Friday that he might try surfing, but far more likely, his Southern California days will be spent in a Ventura County film room.

“Before we can become a consistent winner,” McVay said, “we have to act like winners, and that starts with implementing a culture. We want to set a culture and maintain a culture.”

The other pieces of the Rams’ puzzle likely will come together quickly.

General Manager Les Snead, whose job status had been in question, confirmed that he will return in 2017, and Snead also said that special teams coach John Fassel, who had been the Rams’ interim coach after Fisher’s, would return under McVay as special teams coach.

The Rams have agreed to terms with veteran coach Wade Phillips as their new defensive coordinator. McVay said he will call plays for the Rams, who have yet to decide on a new offensive coordinator.

All of that will come together quickly. The Rams, as a team with a new coach, are allowed to start their offseason program in April, a couple weeks earlier than other teams, so McVay wants some stability.

“I don’t sleep much,” McVay said. “If you can’t tell, I’m a little wired, a little high-strung.”

Contact the writer: rhammond@scng.com

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Elvis wrote:http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/1847 ... ding-light

Sean McVay hangs hat on potential for connecting with Rams' players

Jon Gruden, head coach of that '08 Bucs team, is the first name everybody thinks about when they first meet McVay.

"There are times when I close my eyes and hear Jon Gruden," Demoff said
"


Hmmm.

 by Elvis
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Mr. Sparkle wrote:Hmmm.


You dug deep for this one.

Will be interesting to see what McVay has to say.

How much of this Gruden stuff is known and overlooked and how much is truly a surprise to those that work with him, play for him, report on him, have known him for a long time, etc...

 by Mr. Sparkle
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I just remembered that closing eye quote.
I recall when Fisher was fired the rumor was the Rams were trying to pull Gruden out of the booth for us. I admit, I was pretty excited for that. But obviously, I am very happy with the way things worked out.

 by PARAM
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Mr. Sparkle wrote:Hmmm.


That would be the ONLY thing to de-rail McVay. Don't even think about it. Gruden has always comes off like an angry person, particularly when he was young*. McVay always comes off as happy, excited but who really knows? I think the only connection between the two is his first job.


*Do you remember "for who, for what"? Gruden was his OC. Here's some more on that relationship.

-- Watters once stomped to the sideline after a failed third-down play, pounding on his own chest and gesturing toward Gruden in the press box. The pounding apparently was meant to inform Gruden that Watters was open.

Asked about the incident soon thereafter, Gruden said, "What you guys didn't see was me flipping him off."


I remember those years like it was yesterday. Gruden couldn't stand RW. I wonder what he was saying when he 'flipped him off'? :arrow2: :idea2:

 by Joe Pendleton
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.. wait, which Watters?

 by PARAM
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Joe Pendleton wrote:.. wait, which Watters?


Ricky Watters (SF 92-94, Philly 95-97, Seattle 98-01)

 by ramsman34
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I thought it was Roger Waters after a Pink Floyd show……bwahhhhaaaaa

I’m here all week.

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