Rams players left little doubt over the weekend as to which coach deserved the credit. All of it. Sean McVay, the youngest coach in NFL history upon his hiring in January, has led the Rams to an NFC West title for the first time since 2003 and seemingly is the frontrunner for Coach of the Year honors. McVay, at 31, is the youngest coach in league history to lead his team to a playoff berth, and in January he took over a team that was a couple weeks removed from a dismal 4-12 record and had scored the fewest points in the NFL. Now the Rams are 11-4 and one of the league’s highest-scoring teams. Philadelphia’s Doug Pederson and Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer, among others, will receive deserved consideration for the top-coach honor, but no coach took his team farther in a one-season span. Rams veteran players lavished McVay with praise after Sunday’s division-clinching win over Tennessee. “I would like to say I can speak for the guys who have been here, and everything we went through,” linebacker Robert Quinn said. “With McVay and (defensive coordinator) Wade (Phillips) leading this team, I don’t know what they did, but they just brought the best out of everybody, brought some new guys in and everybody rose up to the challenge.” The timing seemed odd, and perhaps a bit off-putting, when Jeff Fisher, McVay’s predecessor from 2012-16, and Dave McGinniss, Fisher’s top deputy with the Rams, did interviews this week and attempted to take at least some of the credit for the Rams’ success this season.
Rams players make it clear that Sean McVay is the coach who deserves credit
L.A. Daily News | Dec 26