Rams coach Sean McVay could retire today and have had a successful career. He’s made two Super Bowls, won one, and become the template teams look for when looking to hire a new head coach.
McVay’s relatively simplistic offensive scheme setup and infectious energy have made the Rams a perennial NFC threat. Since being hired at 30 years old in 2017, McVay has compiled a 55-26 record and a 10-3 playoff record.
Just 36 now and the youngest coach to ever win a Super Bowl, McVay at his current pace could absolutely challenge Don Shula’s record of 328 career wins.
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McVay, however, has no such ambitions. Rumors of McVay’s retirement have casually been floated about, but he hardly speaks definitively on the matter. That trend continued in an interview with The Los Angeles Times.
“If you said, ‘Do I have a desire to try to chase like [Bill] Belichick or Don Shula in wins?’ — I really don’t,” McVay said.
The Rams’ coach’s tune changed, however, when asked about being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“Hell yeah,” he said. “But if you said, ‘Who is the best of all time, or the most successful of all time in terms of longevity … that hasn’t ever been something that really has been appealing to me.”
Belichick currently sits at 290 wins, 38 behind Shula’s record.
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At McVay’s current pace of 11 wins per season, it would still take McVay just under 30 years to hit Shula’s record. The equation does, however, change with the 17-game schedule.
Either way, McVay is a coach teams will be game-planning against for a long time, if he so chooses. He has created the blueprint for the modern offense, and its tendrils reach throughout the league. Four NFL head coaches are part of McVay’s coaching tree, plus two defensive coordinators, two offensive coordinators, and two special teams coordinators.
It’s an incredible amount of success for a coach his age, and it doesn’t look like McVay is slowing down. In fact, the only thing that could stop him may well be himself.