It’s only taken Sean McVay, the youngest coach in NFL history two seasons to take his team to the Super Bowl.
Instant success for McVay
When Sean McVay took over as head coach of the Rams, they were coming off a 4-12 season and were the lowest scoring team in the NFL. One year later, McVay led them to their first playoff appearance since 2004. On top that he also won them their first division title since 2003. As if all of that wasn’t impressive enough, they were the highest scoring team that season. It was the first time a team had ever gone from last in scoring to first in one season.
This season he’s done one better and led his team to the Super Bowl. With a young nucleus, it seems like this Rams team could be making noise for the next few years although they might not be able to bring back all of the pieces of the current roster. They’ve already paid Gurley and Donald and eventually they will sign Goff long term. It seems McVay has the necessary pieces to have his team in place to contend for the foreseeable future.
This success is no accident as his time with Redskins showed that he was one of the great up and coming offensive minds in football. Still in his twenties, he led the Redskins offense from 26th to 10th in the league in his first season as the Offensive Coordinator. The very next season the Redskins offense finished 3rd overall in yards. That was enough to convince the Rams to make him the youngest coach in NFL history at 30 years old. That decision has brought the franchise that used to be known as the “Greatest Show on Turf” back to the big time. The last time the Rams were in the Super Bowl they were 14 point favorites against Belichik and Brady. Of course that was the beginning of the Patriots dynasty as they went on to upset that Rams team in what is the second biggest upset in terms of point spread in Super Bowl history (the Colts were -18 when they lost to the Joe Nameth and the Jets in Super Bowl 3).
The youngest meets the oldest
It seems like McVay can do no wrong and that will almost have to be the case if he’s going to beat arguably the greatest coach in league history. Bill Belichik has seen it all in his time in the league. In order to beat him, McVay will have to come up with the game plan of his life. To put things in perspective, when Belichik won his first Super Bowl as the Defensive Coordinator of the New York Giants, it was the day after Sean McVay’s first birthday.
Bill Belichik is oldest coach in Super Bowl history and is showing no signs of slowing down. Although he has said he greatly respects McVay, he will have several tricks up his sleeve. As much of an offensive genius as McVay appears to be, it’s hard to argue that Belichik isn’t the greatest defensive coach in NFL history. So if Sean McVay is able to come up with a game plan to beat the Patriots, this game could be a symbolic passing of the torch.