There are not many in the NFL who would look at the situation surrounding the Los Angeles Rams and see a whole lot of positive. Not only were they the worst offense in the league last year, but with hardly any early round draft picks and little cap space, there is really not much room to improve.
However, instead of remaining with his cushy job as offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, head coach Sean McVay accepted the challenge of restoring Rams football back in Los Angeles for the 2017 NFL season. Despite his diminutive, albeit impressive resume, McVay understands the difficult road that lies ahead according to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN:
“I’ve really only been a coordinator for three years, calling plays for two years,” McVay said. “I am really just getting comfortable finding my rhythm, in terms of your weekly preparation, how you want to help you and your coaching staff put together a game plan.”
When he took the job back in January, it came with the understanding that along with being the youngest head coach in league history, he would also be the one calling plays. This, of course, provides more added pressure considering the current state of the team’s offense. Fortunately, McVay managed to bring in a number of veteran coaches whom he has already become well acquainted with since his time in the league.
There is over a decade’s worth of offensive coordinator experience between quarterbacks coach Greg Olsen and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. Furthermore, new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur already has an idea of how McVay likes to do things after the two spent time together in Washington between 2010-13.
Not to mention the signing of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips essentially meant that McVay will only have to focus on the offensive side of the ball. The time he would save not having to worry about every defensive detail could do wonders for the likes of Jared Goff and Todd Gurley.