Rams hire Sean McVay as their new head coach


Sean McVay, center, walks with Washington Redskins nose tackle Kedric Golston at the team’s training facility in June. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

The Rams on Thursday hired Sean McVay as their head coach.

McVay, 30, was the Washington Redskins’ offensive coordinator for the last three seasons. He becomes the youngest NFL head coach in modern history.

McVay was offered the job after his second interview with the Rams on Wednesday. Owner Stan Kroenke was at the meeting.

McVay initially interviewed last week and reportedly wowed Rams executives before doing the same in an interview with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.

Though he has no experience as a head coach, McVay fulfills the Rams’ perceived need for an offense-minded coach to fix what has been the NFL’s worst offense for two consecutive seasons.

The Rams were searching for a coach who could nurture quarterback Jared Goff directly or with the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

McVay, who turns 31 this month, is credited with developing Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round draft pick, into a front-line starter.

Washington ranked third in the NFL in offense this season, averaging 403.4 yards per game. The offense was 12th in scoring, averaging 24.8 points per game.

McVay, who attended college at Miami (Ohio), got his coaching start on Jon Gruden’s staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is the grandson of John McVay, a former San Francisco 49ers executive who was part of five Super Bowl titles.

McVay was the first assistant to earn a follow-up meeting with the Rams, who had conducted eight known interviews. Houston Texans linebacker coach Mike Vrabel was scheduled for this week.

The Rams also were scheduled to meet with Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, architect of the NFL’s highest-scoring offense, after the Falcons’ playoff game Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks in Atlanta.

The Rams have not had a winning season since 2003 and have not made the playoffs since 2004.

They finished 4-12 this season, averaging only 262.7 yards and an NFL-low 14 points per game.

Jeff Fisher, who was hired as coach before the 2012 season, was fired with three games left in this season. Special teams coach John Fassel was interim coach for the final three games.

The Rams interviewed Fassel, Carolina secondary coach Steve Wilks, Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, Buffalo offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn and Jacksonville interim coach Doug Marrone.

Jacksonville hired Marrone on Monday. Vance Joseph, Miami’s defensive coordinator, also was scheduled to interview with the Rams, but the Denver Broncos hired him as head coach Wednesday.

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