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The way of McVay

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Kirby Lee

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Kirby Lee

Kirby Lee

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Benji Wilton, sports editor

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Why was six afraid of seven? No, seven didn’t eat nine: six was a St. Louis Rams fan. Seven meant only seven wins, which meant no playoffs for the Rams once again. St. Louisans long suffered under the terrible coaching of Steve Spagnuolo and Jeff Fisher, but something changed only after crooked owner Stan Kroenke moved the team to Los Angeles. When the Los Angeles Rams finished 4-12 in their first season out West, they needed someone who would turn the direction of their franchise around. Fortunately for them, 30-year-old football mastermind Sean McVay came knocking.

Before transforming the Los Angeles Rams as the youngest head coach in NFL history, McVay served as offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins from 2014 to 2016. He turned the 25th ranked total offense into the 10th in his first season on the job and helped develop future star quarterback Kirk Cousins. When hiring McVay, the Rams needed someone to grow young quarterback Jared Goff, who they picked first overall in 2016. McVay did just that: Goff went 11-4 as a starter in his second full season in 2017, leading the Rams to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

Although some were skeptical because of his young age, McVay crushed all doubts, winning NFL Coach of the Year in his first season. Only two years after he was hired, he led the Rams to their first Super Bowl appearance since 2001. His coaching style, while not the same as his Super Bowl adversary, coaching legend Bill Belichick, has sparked a trend in the National Football League of hiring young head coaches. Four of eight head coaching vacancies were filled by coaches under 40 years old this offseason, including former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury was hired by the Arizona Cardinals for his offensive knowledge and ability to work with young quarterbacks, as he did with Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield at Texas Tech. Struggling NFL franchises want nothing more than to find the next Sean McVay, and taking the risk of hiring a young head coach is the first step.

While Belichick is double his age, McVay’s knowledge of the game is comparable to the latter. Unlike Belichick, who does most of his operating behind the scenes, McVay consistently wows spectators through press coverage on social media. Whether he’s rattling off every player on the opposing team’s defense, remembering specific plays from points in his career at the drop of a hat or firing up his team in a post-game locker room talk, countless videos of McVay have captivated the sports world. His ability to connect with his players and his awareness of football makes it hard not to root for the humble 33-year-old.

Sean McVay was the coach St. Louis Rams fans deserved, but Rams’ ownership would not provide a coach of his caliber to die-hard fans. If the Rams manage to win the Super Bowl this year, it will be extremely hard for St. Louisans to watch selfish Stan Kroenke hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. But it will be hard to frown watching coach McVay and his team celebrate after a hard-fought victory. His integrity, and that of the Los Angeles Rams team, should not be defined by their owner’s toxicity.

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Benji Wilton, sports editor

Interests: Spending time with friends, Major League Baseball, Tennis, YouTube, memes, Harry Potter, etc.
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