Latest On Sean McVay’s Rams Future

JANUARY 8: Illustrating a notably different situation in McVay’s case, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that the Super Bowl winner is leaning towards stepping away (video link). Specifically, he adds that members of the organization would be “more surprised if he came back than if he left.”

Glazer also predicts that McVay is not, in fact, likely to take a significant period of time to arrive at his ultimate decision. That stands in stark contrast to previous reporting on the matter, but will no doubt add to the speculation that a parting of ways could be imminent. In the event McVay does step aside, Glazer names defensive coordinator Raheem Morris as a candidate to replace him. When speaking to the media after today’s loss to the Seahawks, McVay declined to comment on his future, leaving his status in the air as the offseason begins in Los Angeles.

JANUARY 7: As the offseason approaches for non-playoff teams, speculation has once again ramped up that Rams head coach Sean McVay will be headed elsewhere in the near future. Regardless of what his next move will be, the Super Bowl winner will take time in the coming weeks to weigh his options.

McVay, 36, has continued to draw the interest of TV networks eyeing him as an addition to their broadcast teams. The possibility of a move from the sidelines to the booth was a top storyline for Los Angeles’ 2022 offseason, one in which a number of key players, general manager Les Snead and McVay himself each signed multi-year extensions.

Now, however, things are once again in danger of changing dramatically. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that McVay’s immediate future with the Rams “is in limbo” and that he will “take some time” following tomorrow’s season finale to determine his next steps. Ian Rapoport of Network confirms that the next few weeks will see the sixth-year HC spend time away from football “to consider his future” (video link).

Schefter notes that a number of events both on and off the field have taken their toll on McVay over the course of the past several months, beginning with the Rams’ Super Bowl victory last February. That result – coupled with the fact that a number of core pieces remained with the team during the offseason – led to considerable expectations once again in 2022. The Rams have fallen well short, though, going 5-11 to date amidst a slew of injuries and a substantial regression in efficiency on offense.

That has guaranteed the first losing season of McVay’s tenure, one which includes a .619 winning percentage in the regular season and another Super Bowl appearance aside from last year’s victory. Los Angeles faces a number of issues in the coming offseason after the disappointment of this campaign, as they are yet again without their first-round pick for the upcoming draft and in worse shape with respect to projected 2023 cap space than most teams.

McVay declined to comment on the Schefter report concerning his short-term future, but he confirmed earlier this week that he would be interested in a media role “down the line,” suggesting that a move to broadcasting could be less likely now than it was one year ago. In any event, his thought process in the weeks to come will be one of the league’s top storylines.

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