Sean McVay retirement rumours: Rams HC reportedly allowed assistants to seek other jobs;  OC returns to Kentucky

Sean McVay retirement rumours: Rams HC reportedly allowed assistants to seek other jobs; OC returns to Kentucky

Sean McVay retirement rumours: Rams HC reportedly allowed assistants to seek other jobs;  OC returns to Kentucky

Sean McVay has been hinting at early retirement practice since before the Rams won the Super Bowl in 2021. Now the head coach can actually walk away from the game, telling reporters after Sunday’s regular season finale that he’ll take ” appropriate time” to decide his immediate future in the NFL. And even if he does return, he will have a key staff member to replace, with offensive coordinator Liam Coen returning to the University of Kentucky after one season as McVay’s right-hand man.

Shortly after Kentucky broke the news about Coen, ESPN reported that McVay allows his coaching staff to “seek other jobs without resistance”. The head coach told a team meeting that he was unsure what his future held for him, according to Jeremy Fowler, and that he did not want to prevent his assistants from potentially pursuing other opportunities.

Under NFL rules, teams cannot block position coaches from interviewing for coordinator positions, but they are allowed to block lateral moves, such as a linebacker coach or defensive coordinator taking the same job elsewhere. . In this situation, the Rams will not block any lateral movement.

That said, don’t automatically assume McVay is walking away. According to Athleticism, even if McVay stays, coaching staff changes will come.

One assistant who is definitely not coming back is Coen. The 37-year-old originally spent three seasons with McVay from 2018 to 2020, first as assistant wide receivers coach and then assistant quarterbacks coach. After a year as coach and offensive coordinator for Kentucky QBs, Coen returned to the Rams for effectively the same role, replacing Kevin O’Connell as McVay’s top offensive assistant this year. Now he’s back with the Wildcats in the same position, finalizing a three-year deal that was first signed Dec. 12, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

UK on Tuesday confirmed Coen’s return, which had been speculated for weeks amid several reports that Coen and Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops were waiting for the end of the NFL season to finalize. location. … (Coen’s) deal will net him $1.7 million next season and increase by $100,000 over the next two years.

Hampered by injuries to star players like quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Cooper Kupp and left tackle Joe Noteboom, the Rams offense took a big step back from its 2021 Super Bowl run. McVay stayed the team’s point guard while Coen won the coordinator title as LA finished 5-12, the worst mark for any defending Super Bowl champion.

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