Sean McVay is just 36 years old, but he’s quickly become one of the most well-respected head coaches in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams‘ headman has his team in the NFC Championship Game for the second time in five years.
Aqib Talib compares Sean McVay to Bill Belichick
Aqib Talib played 12 seasons in the NFL and made five Pro Bowls. He was productive everywhere he went but really enjoyed two destinations in particular.
Talib revealed he had a blast playing for the New England Patriots and LA Rams. He believes Bill Belichick and Sean McVay built cultures that valued the players. Talib recently joined The Colin Cowherd Podcast and discussed why the Rams’ locker room was similar to that of the Patriots.
“I gotta give some of that credit to Sean, man,” said Talib. “Sean just makes you feel super comfortable when you come there. He’s real direct on what he expects from you. He reminds me a lot of Bill [Belichick] when it comes to his message. He’s real honest. How he treats the players, how he runs his building.”
Belichick runs a tight ship in New England. While the vibes in LA may be a little more comfortable, Talib suggests McVay still has a way of commanding respect from his players.
“He treats you like a pro,” added Talib. “He treats you like a grown man, and he don’t micromanage. It’s how Sean runs that building.”
Aqib Talib played for Bill Belichick for just one season and Sean McVay for two. However, he believes it’s no coincidence that players can go to those teams and catch on quicker than in other places.
The Rams head coach has accomplished a lot in 5 years
LA Rams general manager Les Snead made history when he hired Sean McVay as the team’s new head coach in 2017. McVay was 30 years and 11 months old when he inked the contract, making him the youngest head coach hire in the modern era.
Before arriving in LA, he served as the offensive coordinator for the Washington Football Team from 2014 to 2016. McVay worked on the same coaching staff as San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur.
The Marietta, Georgia, native is in his fifth season with the Rams, and he’s made his mark on the storied franchise. The team has posted an impressive 55-26 record with McVay at the helm.
The 36-year-old turned heads in 2018 when LA finished with a 13-3 record, good for the NFC West crown. The Rams reached the Super Bowl, but they ultimately fell to Bill Belichick’s Patriots.
It may sound blasphemous to compare the two coaches, as McVay has a lot more work to do to accomplish half of what Belichick has in his 27 years as a head coach. Still, Aqib Talib suggested the culture the Rams head coach is building works, even if it’s a little different than the one in New England.
Can McVay win the Super Bowl this year?
As impressive as the LA Rams’ Super Bowl run in 2018 was, the 2021 team is a more complete unit. If you ask any player on the team, they’ll probably say this is the most talented group they’ve been a part of.
Les Snead went all-in for the 2021 season. The front office traded Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions for veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford. With the quarterback upgrade alone, the expectations were high for the Rams heading into the season.
The Rams also added edge-rusher Von Miller and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the middle of the season. Those players have 11 Pro Bowl selections between them. Factor in All-Pro selections Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Donald, and Cooper Kupp, and you have talent all over the football field.
Sean McVay is in a great position right now. LA is gearing up for a revenge game against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. Kyle Shanahan’s squad has had the Rams’ number lately. However, you can never count LA out with that kind of talent. The Rams have the makings of a Super Bowl contender. They have a high-powered offense, a physical defense, and a great coach.
McVay may be young, but he’s well beyond his years. Returning to the Super Bowl will be the next step in his growing legacy.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.