The more Rams coach Sean McVay talks about his future, the less it looks like he will coach the Rams.
His comments after Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks were a far cry from “of course I’m coming back.” Meeting reporters Monday, there was an even greater sense of inevitability that McVay’s sixth season with the Rams will have been his last.
“I said to the coaching staff, [we’ll] working on some things,” McVay said, via a transcript released by the team. “You don’t want to rush into any decision. There is a lot of emotion right after the season. There are a lot of layers to this. There are a lot of people this affects that I don’t take lightly and want to be aware of. So I’m going to take the next two days to really be able to reflect. Obviously a lot of conversations with various people who will dictate and determine the best decision for me, my family, the Rams and a lot of people and that’s kind of where we are with that.
Although McVay plans to take “the next few days,” he also clarified that there was no specific deadline for making a decision.
“I don’t want to put a timeline on that,” McVay said. “I think what I would like to do is be able to take the time it takes. [I’ve] never been through anything like this, but you want to make sure you consider the people who are affected. That is the most important. Consistent conversations and dialogues that have existed with the people I love and really care about, “Hey, do what you think is best for you and Veronika.” But that doesn’t mean it takes away from the empathy, the level of responsibility that I feel for the people who would be affected in regards to my decision to move forward. And so those are the things that you don’t take lightly. You want to be able to ensure that you intend to take the appropriate time, while making a decision in a way that takes into account the people who would be affected.
While it’s clear that McVay is conscientious and thoughtful, it’s also very rare for a coach who is truly committed to going through such a public process. The mere fact that he talks so openly about leaving means he probably should.
Indeed, it looks like he’s ready to go, and just wants to make sure he’s made the right choice.
“I am a very impulsive person and patience is not something I possess and therefore [I] I probably want to adjust the approach that I’m used to, especially when it comes to a decision of this magnitude and all the different layers involved,” McVay said.
He added that the hardest part of the decision is “how many people are affected and then just being able to identify the things that will give you that clarity and that peace while still acknowledging things. that need to be addressed as you try to become a better, more complete person.
He also acknowledged that these thoughts had been happening to him for “a few years.” He seems to fear that he ultimately won’t have “that joy, that zest, that ability to be able to do things at the level that you know you are capable of”.
He was asked if he was trying to decide not to coach “for a short period of time”.
“That could be a possibility,” McVay said. “I don’t want to be too specific with that, but here’s what I would say is this. It’s been a lot over the last six years and I wouldn’t change a thing. And while you’re thinking about how you want to be able to move forward, like the question posed yesterday, “Did it ever feel like you were seeing it as if it was your last piece?” No, it never was. J ‘m 36, okay? I still have endless amounts of energy. It’s just a matter of how do you make sure that as you move forward, you’re able to do it in the way that’s best for you, your wife, your family members, and then when you play a role of that magnitude, do it in the way that you are capable of. And that’s what I want to be able to answer yes, and if you can do those things, I think it will bring a lot of clarity.
Frankly, that sounds a lot like the theory that’s been making the rounds in league circles. After going all-in to win a Super Bowl, there’s a big bill to pay at the end of the day — a rebuild that can take years. So why not tap for a year or two, like Sean Payton, then pick a new team where McVay can lather-rinse-repeat the eff-them-picks approach and win another Super Bowl?
A lot of people in the league aren’t fans of this approach because it jeopardizes the franchise’s long-term stability. Nor are they proponents of making private deliberations so public.
Last year, for example, Payton didn’t plant a flag of indecision and engage in public soliloquy. He just left, without warning or notice.
Different shots for different people. McVay chooses to bare his soul, which could make it harder for him to come back – and trigger what will definitely be an annual thing until he finally leaves.
There’s no better time than now to go. Trouble is, he missed his chance to make big bucks working for Amazon by not making the jump to 2022. With no top-notch broadcast booth seats, McVay’s options will include gigs. from lower-level game analysts or a studio spot – neither. pay as the main cabin assignments do.
So, yeah, he should have done it a year ago. And he knows it. And he surely blames himself for not having done it when he should have done it. It probably won’t get him back if he’s inclined to leave, but it does add a very real layer of remorse and regret to the process.