Sean McVay’s path to the 2022 Super Bowl hasn’t been the smoothest ride. The Los Angeles Rams head coach has enjoyed success since taking the reins in 2017. However, a loss to the New England Patriots in the 2019 Super Bowl humbled him.
Three years later, McVay and the Rams are back in the big game and looking to redeem themselves the second time around. A win for the fifth-year head coach would etch his name in the NFL record books at the expense of his good friend Mike Tomlin.
Sean McVay can pass Mike Tomlin as the youngest head coach to win Super Bowl
Even though Sean McVay didn’t get the job done in his first Super Bowl appearance, he can still make history against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The LA Rams headman could become the youngest coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl. When the two teams take the field, McVay will be 36 years and 20 days old.
Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin currently holds the record. He was six weeks away from his 37th birthday when the Steelers knocked off the Arizona Cardinals with a 27-23 victory in Super Bowl 43.
The Rams have posted an impressive 55-26 record under McVay. They’ve made the NFL playoffs four times during that span. If LA can get over the hump and hoist that Lombardi Trophy, Sean McVay will add another feat to his growing coaching resume.
The Rams head coach will look to avenge loss in the 2019 Super Bowl
The LA Rams reached the Super Bowl in Sean McVay’s second season at the helm. The team finished the regular season with a 13-3 record in the regular season, good for first place in the NFC West.
LA secured the No. 2 seed in the NFC and earned a first-round bye. McVay’s crew took care of business against the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round. Then, the Rams outlasted the New Orleans Saints with a 26-23 overtime victory in the NFC Championship Game. The win set up a date against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 43.
The Rams boasted the league’s No. 2 offense, putting up 421.1 yards and 32.9 points per game. However, Bill Belichick and the Patriots defense stifled the high-powered unit. New England led 3-0 at halftime and held LA to just three points in the second half. The 13-3 loss was a disappointing end to an otherwise dominant campaign.
In the interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King, McVay took accountability for the loss.
“The biggest thing you look at is, are you putting your players in a position to understand and own the intent of what we’re trying to get done? That’s where I feel like I fell short. Where I felt I didn’t do a good enough job is putting us in a position to have an answer based on whatever they activated coverage wise.”
Sean McVay admitted that he and the team might not have been as prepared as they should’ve been heading into the matchup. Expect him to learn from those mistakes and enter the 2022 Super Bowl with a different mindset.
McVay praises Steelers coach for his support over the years
Sean McVay has accomplished a lot in such a short time as an NFL head coach. As good as he’s been, the Dayton, Ohio native has had his fair share of mentors along the way.
The LA Rams coach revealed that he has a great relationship with Steelers headman Mike Tomlin.
“Mike is one of the more impressive people I’ve ever met,” McVay said per Bryan DeArdo of CBS Sports. “He’s been great to me. I couldn’t be more grateful.”
McVay speaks glowingly of Tomlin and appreciates his mentorship over the past few years.
“I think one of the things that’s been great about Mike is that he’s so willing to share,” McVay added. “Really kind of put his arm around you and really help kind of be a mentor and answer any questions that you have.
McVay also noted that the Super Bowl-winning coach exhibits “humility” and “great presence,” two qualities you look for in a leader.
Mike Tomlin has had a profound impact on Sean McVay’s coaching experience and paved the way for young coaches like himself to enjoy early success in the NFL.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.