The 2022 season is finally in the rearview for the Los Angeles Rams, but they now head into the offseason with several big questions.
The biggest of them is the future of head coach Sean McVay. Reports have surfaced recently that McVay could look to take a break following the season, and for good reason considering all the things that have happened in the past calendar year.
After the season finale against the Seattle Seahawks, McVay took the time to address his future with the Rams, via Stu Jackson of TheRams.com:
“Just like I told the coaching staff, we’ll work through some things,” McVay said Monday afternoon. “This is something that, don’t want to rush into any sort of decision. There’s a lot of emotion right after the season. There’s a lot of layers to this. There’s a lot of people that it does affect, that I don’t take lightly and want to be mindful of. And so we’re going to take the next couple of days to really able to kind of reflect. Obviously a lot of conversations with various people that will dictate and determine the decision that’s best for me, my family, the Rams and a lot of people, and that’s kind of where we’re at with that.”
While McVay wants to take his time to make a decision, he also understands that other people will be affected as well and wants to be mindful of them:
“And then now that you’ve gotten through that, there’s a lot of different dynamics, and there’s a lot of emotion involved,” McVay said. “And so, I would say once there’s clarity on whichever direction, I’ll be able to provide that insight, but I think as it relates to just processing and digesting all of it, I want to be able to do that. As you guys that know me know, I’m a very impulsive person, and patience is not something that I do have. So probably want to adjust that approach that I’m typically accustomed to taking, especially as it relates to a decision of this magnitude and all the different layers that are involved.”
McVay concluded that he even if he takes a break, he is certainly not done coaching for good:
“This needed to occur, this was a necessary part of the growth in the development for me to be the person that I need to be instead of worrying about some things that maybe you worried about before that you wouldn’t have realized had you not gone through this experience, being around the players and the coaches in the way that they’ve handled that, and so, for that I am grateful,” McVay said. “And that’s where you just figure out alright, what is the best way to continue to move forward in the right way to be the best coach that you can possibly be? Because I don’t get the sense in the least bit that I’m done coaching, right? It’s just a matter of what does that look like as it relates to the immediate future, is more about what you’re really working through right now.”
For years now, the word has been out that McVay would eventually step down from coaching to pursue other endeavors and it seems like this year might finally be the time he does so. However, he should absolutely do what’s best for him and hopefully he makes the right decision for himself.