Quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the Kansas City Chiefs just received the largest most lucrative contract in NFL history. Mahomes signed for a half a billion dollars for 10 years to remain the franchise cornerstone. This extension got us thinking, is there anybody on the Rams organization who a 10-year deal would make sense for?
There is only one individual that comes to mind:
Head Coach Sean McVay
Before Sean McVay became the Head Coach of the Los Angeles Rams, there were some dark frustrating times for the organization. The Rams had 13 straight losing seasons including several occasions where the team was 7-9; it seemed as though the Rams had the talent to contend but could never get over the hump. The Head Coaches that just couldn’t get it together to find any type of success include Scott Linehan, Jim Haslett, Steve Spagnuolo, and 5 years of Jeff Fisher. In many fans’ eyes, it just didn’t make sense as to why Fisher lasted 5 years but to his credit, the players did love him as a person and he did have some great years of drafting with notable names of (Aaron Donald, Todd Gurley, Jared Goff). He also was one of the only coaches that had moved an organization to a different city back when the Houston Oilers headed over to Nashville to become the Tennessee Titans. So in Les Sneads’ eyes, it made sense to keep him for that long.
After just one season in Los Angeles of being 4-12, Les Snead and Kevin Demoff knew it was time to move on. There were several premier candidates that 2017 offseason that could’ve possibly worked out; but the organization took a risk on at the time a 30-year-old Sean McVay who became the youngest head coach in the modern NFL era. This move might’ve been the biggest move of Les Snead’s career because it might’ve saved his job. In McVay’s first 3 seasons as head coach, he has yet to have a losing season with an overall career record (including postseason) of 35-17 (.683 average)
In McVay’s first season he led the Rams to an 11-5 record, a division title, and the leagues’ number 1 ranked offense per Pro Football Reference. This was just 1 season after the Rams offense was ranked number 32. 2017 was a special year, and if not for a few fumbles in the playoff game vs the Atlanta Falcons, many saw the Rams making it to the Super Bowl. McVay changed the entire identity of the Rams, they no longer were a team you could just look passed on the schedule, they became one of the leagues elite.
In 2018 the Rams had some reasonably high expectations and did they sure prove everybody right on it. They started hot right out of the gates with an 8-0 record and finished at 13-3 with a divisional title and a trip to the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl wasn’t the result that anybody wanted but a Super Bowl appearance in just your 2nd season as an NFL head coach is an amazing accomplishment that not many can say they have done.
To cap it off, with this past year it seemed like a failure to most as the Rams finished with a 9-7 record. But if you look at it from a different perspective, if Greg Zuerlein makes that 44-yard field goal in week 5 vs Seattle, they are a 10-6 team and most likely in the 2019 playoffs. It’s also important to remember that now in the league’s new playoff format with there being a 7 seed, Rams would’ve made it. Not only is McVay an offensive genius but he’s a great communicator and leader for these players. Here is just an example of the type of coach he is, how passionate he is about the game even though he knows the team was not making it into the postseason:
"Cap it off the right way."
Wired with Sean McVay for the season finale. pic.twitter.com/L4X0A4Y3vd
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 5, 2020
On Albert Breer’s MMQB podcast, McVay had stated he worries about burning out. But that shouldn’t make you worry, football is what drives him every day. He has so much love for the sport and such a competitive spirit to him that it shouldn’t surprise us if he’s coaching in the league for another 20 more years. McVay received an extension last offseason until the 2023 season but I don’t think anybody would be mad or argue if he had received a 10-year contract extension as this is a guy players love to play for and who has shown so much success during his 3 years as an NFL head coach.