LOS ANGELES – Sean McVeigh decided to return for a seventh season with the Los Angeles Rams after a hiatus to consider his future after the first losing season of his career.
The youngest head coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl decided not to take a break from coaching after his Rams finished 5-12 in the worst season ever for a reigning champion. The Rams confirmed their decision with a tweet on Friday.
McVeigh, who turns 37 this month, became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history six years ago Thursday. Everything about McVeigh’s coaching career was beyond his years, but he also chose not to retire early.
McVeigh remains with the Rams at the lowest point of his tenure after a year of what he described as severe mental fatigue and stress. The Rams’ trailblazing offensive mind also frequently spoke of his desire to start a career in broadcasting, although this hiatus did not appear to be about weighing in on the transition to the booth.
McVeigh openly acknowledged a near-constant feeling of burnout towards the end of the last few seasons, even as his coaching fortune skyrocketed. He went 67-41 with the Rams, who amassed five winning seasons, four playoff berths, three NFC West titles, two Super Bowl appearances and one league title in his first half decade before everything collapsed last year.
McVeigh was still the NFL’s youngest head coach after six seasons holding the title, but the job weighs heavily on the coach, who laments his obsessive work habits and inability to delegate. In recent weeks, he has repeatedly spoken of the exhaustion and disappointment of this difficult season, exacerbated by the mental stress of his grandfather’s death and his worries about his wife’s family in Ukraine.
“Tom Brady already had a quote about how he hopes his kids can find something that they will be as passionate about as he is about football, but he wouldn’t wish that kind of torment on anyone else and I can really relate to that. it,” McVeigh said on Monday.
After the Rams beat the Cincinnati at home last February to win the franchise’s second Super Bowl title, McVeigh’s fame skyrocketed and he landed endorsement deals, including a series of national television commercials. He also received a new contract with the Rams, which reportedly made him one of the highest paid coaches in North American sports.
On Monday, McVeigh said he would take time to consider his decision instead of following his natural impulsive instincts, but he also allowed his assistant coaches to look for new jobs this week.
McVeigh denied rumors that he was considering leaving due to the work it would take to get the Rams back in the fight. Despite the Rams having no first-round choice after they traded him to Detroit for Matthew Stafford, McVeigh said he doesn’t believe the Rams need a major overhaul with the return of Super Bowl MVP Stafford. Cooper Kupp and star guard Jalen Ramsey. healthy for 2023.
Los Angeles is also looking to get seven-time All-Pro defenseman Aaron Donald, who hasn’t said what he’ll do after missing the last six games of this season with a sprained ankle. Donald, who turns 32 in the fall, was seriously considering retirement last year after winning his first ring.
McVeigh’s success attracted the rest of the NFL, especially after he led the Rams to a Super Bowl loss against New England in just his second season in charge. This led to a large annual turnover of his staff: four of McVeigh’s former assistant coaches have already become head coaches who have taken their teams to the playoffs, and several more assistants have left him in search of better jobs.
On Monday, McVeigh lost another key assistant when offensive coordinator Liam Cohen returned to the same job at the University of Kentucky. Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris is among the candidates polled for head coach vacancies in Denver and Indianapolis.
But Cohen’s departure opens up an opportunity for McVeigh to hire a strong offensive coordinator who could take some of the burden off McVeigh’s offensive-minded coach, who calls the game the Rams. McVeigh’s hard work was no match for the Rams’ injuries this season, with Los Angeles finishing last in the NFL with a total of 280.5 yards per game.
That struggle to reset his coaching staff every season has contributed to McVeigh’s stress, and the short offseason since last year’s Rams championship led to a haphazard offseason that made McVeigh especially uncomfortable last summer. He still started the new season with optimism, but the Rams lost to the Buffalo in the first season, and a cascade of serious injuries soon dashed any hopes of a Super Bowl repeat.
The Rams were 27th in scoring with 18.1 points per game, largely thanks to a 51-point game in a Christmas win over Denver that cost Nathaniel Hackett his Broncos job.
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