It’s been a terrible year for former Boy Wonder Sean McVay. A year after winning the Super Bowl and marrying an Instagram model, it was all downhill.
His Rams are suffering through a 3-7 2022 season. Matthew Stafford is suddenly looking old. Cooper Kupp is out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury. Alleged free agent Stallions takeover Allen Robinson can’t stay in the field and when he does, he sucks.
Boy Wonder McVay was christened by the Jim Rome Show as « Stevie Wonder » due to his inability to call plays better than a blind man.
It all came to « heads » in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Sean McVay was seen retreating to the blue medical tent and was placed in concussion protocol.
Already behind the Chiefs, Rams coach McVay violated the first rule of being on the field during an NFL game: keep your head turned.
During the Rams v Chiefs game on November 27, 2022, in this video, Sean McVay is absolutely blinded and hit in the face with a helmet by one of his own players running onto the field.
McVay was walking down the sideline when tight end Roger Carter Jr. put on his helmet and started running towards the field.
Even after getting hit by the helmet, McVay continued to coach for the rest of the game. you have to (boy) ask yourself if Monday morning will be sore.
But the best thing for him was that he was NOT expecting it so he could stay relaxed and take the hit.
One commentator said: “He thinks too much of himself… I mean, pay attention to the action around you… stay still and out of the way. Glad you posted this as I didn’t see this piece just rubbing his jaw.
One year you are on top of the world. Next, people can’t wait to shoot you. Including your players.
When McVay was hired by the Rams in 2016 as head coach, he was just 30 years old. This made him the youngest manager ever in the modern era, beating out Lane Kiffin who was 31 when the Raiders hired him.
The previous season, the Rams finished last in runs scored, total yards, TD passes and first downs.
From the moment he took over, the Rams started WINNING. It’s quite remarkable, actually.
In the first year, the Rams finished the 2017 season 11-5 and lost to the Falcons in the Wild Card game. McVay was named coach of the year.
In 2018 the Rams were even better. They went 13-3 and lost to the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
In 2019 the Rams endured their annual Super Bowl underdog hangover. They went 9-7 and missed the playoffs. But consider the 9-win « down » year. The last time the Rams won 9 games before McVay’s arrival was in 2003.
In 2020 the Rams went 10-6 and lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs to the Packers.
And last season, it all came to a head for McVay. The Rams won the Super Bowl and beat the Bengals.
No matter how bad this year goes for McVay and the Rams, it would still be only his first season ever with a losing record.
Though still only 36, McVay has his own coaching tree. McVay has served under four head coaches:
Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2008)
Jim Haslett, Florida Tuskers (2009)
Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins (2010-2013)
Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins (2014-2016)
Five of McVay’s assistants have been hired as head coaches in the NFL or NCAA:
Matt LaFleur, Green Bay Packers (2019-present)
Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals (2019-present)
Jedd Fisch, Arizona (2021-present)
Brandon Staley, Los Angeles Chargers (2021-present)
Kevin O’Connell, Minnesota Vikings (2022-present)