Sean McVay’s Retirement Comments Should Have the Rams Concerned Entering the 2022 NFL Offseason

Since taking the job to become the Los Angeles Rams head coach, Sean McVay has transformed the franchise. He has guided the Rams to another opportunity to secure the Vince Lombardi trophy at Super Bowl 56.

McVay has quickly become one of the league’s top coaches behind sustained success. As he and his team prepare for the tough challenge against the Cincinnati Bengals, he addressed rumors concerning his possible retirement.

Rams reach a second Super Bowl in the last four years

After acquiring Matthew Stafford last offseason, the Rams are on the doorstep of winning their first Super Bowl in over two decades.

Los Angeles won three straight games to clinch a second Super Bowl appearance under McVay in the last four years. Stafford has performed well, recording 905 yards with six touchdown passes to one interception and a 115.6 passer rating along the way.

However, some of the chatter around the Rams has shifted toward their head coach’s future beyond Super Bowl 56.

Sean McVay’s retirement comments should concern the Rams about the long-term future

Days before the Rams play their second Super Bowl under Sean McVay, the 36-year-old became engulfed in rumors concerning retirement.

Instead of brushing off the chatter, the head coach chose to address the dialogue, voicing that he’s committed to the franchise but admitting he wants to begin a family of his own at some point soon.

“I love this so much that it’s such a passion but I also know that what I’ve seen from some of my closest friends, whether it’s coaches or even some of our players, I’m gonna be married this summer, I want to have a family and I think being able to find that balance but also be able to give the time necessary,” McVay said. “I have always had a dream about being able to be a father and I can’t predict the future, you know? I jokingly say that.

“I don’t really know. I know I love football and I’m so invested in this thing and I’m in the moment right now. But at some point, too, if you said what do you want to be able to do? I want to be able to have a family and I want to be able to spend time with them.”

McVay’s comments mark the first time he publicly acknowledged his desire to start a family. He and fiancee Veronika Khomyn were in line to get married in 2020 and last year, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed those plans.

McVay sits under contract through the 2023 season. The Rams, under his guidance, have experienced much success, holding a 61-29 regular-season mark, including four trips to the playoffs, three NFC West division titles, two NFC Championship wins, and two Super Bowl berths.

Although McVay’s comments don’t generate complete confidence, he remains fully committed to the Rams.

Sean McVay will have plenty of options when he retires

Sean McVay has reached a firm point at which he controls his future with the Rams.

He’s transformed the franchise into a playoff constant, highlighted by reaching the Super Bowl twice in the last four years. McVay will work through the rest of his contract, but what will be most telling are his plans regarding his next deal.

The allure of moving into the broadcast booth remains a possibility if he chooses to step away from the sidelines. According to ESPN‘s Jeremy Fowler, an NFC team executive told him that he believes McVay is hoping to win a Super Bowl soon so he can have options.

One NFC executive told Fowler, “I think he’s trying to get that Super Bowl ring quickly so then he can have options. … If he wants to do TV for a while, he’d be great at it and can always go back and coach any team he wants after that.”

Multiple league executives recently voiced to Fowler that McVay could follow Jon Gruden’s path. If he steps away, there will be plenty of TV opportunities with several different companies beyond calling NFL games.

Ultimately, what has become clear is that McVay will have options with whatever he chooses. 

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