Since being hired as the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams making him the youngest in modern-day NFL history, many have compared Sean McVay to the man who gave him his first shot in the league, Jon Gruden. McVay joined The Jim Rome Show on Monday and talked about the comparisons to a Gruden, a family he goes way back with including working for Jon’s brother, Jay, for the past three season as the Washington Redskins offensive coordinator.
“Coach Gruden is obviously a great coach,” McVay said. “I think when you watch him from afar as a communicator, ability to present, understanding of the game, you know he really taught me the foundation of what I know about this game, looking at it from a twenty-two man perspective, and I’m forever indebted to him. And obviously I respect the presence and the charisma that he has in terms of being able to lead, teach, and motivate, winning a Super Bowl. I’ll take that comparison any day.”
Following McVay’s interview process with the Rams, he had the opportunity to sit down with quarterback Jared Goff for some film study. McVay said he was eager to hear Goff’s impression of his first season in the NFL, after being selected first overall in last year’s draft.
“I was just interested to sit down with him, get a chance to know him, see how he processes what occurred last year, and I was really impressed with the fact that he took accountability,” McVay said. “I sensed a guy that was challenged to respond in year two and be better moving forward. [I] liked what I saw from him.”
McVay wasn’t able to spend a lot of time with Goff during the draft process last season, so he used the opportunity to share his football philosophy as well, and came away from the meeting with a positive outlook about his future.
“[I was] kind of showing him offensively how we’d operate some of the things that I think he’d have some success with that we were able to do in Washington over the last couple years, and it was a really good meeting,” McVay said. “Being able to do that gave me a better feel for him and you know you feel very confident that he can be a very good player moving forward and you see the skills and the characteristics, but I really like the intangibles that mental makeup that you look for just from talking to him and then obviously what I’ve heard from the people who’ve been in the building this past year with him.”