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‘Everyone Likes’ Sean McVay

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 15, 2014 – 11:35 am


Jay Gruden wasn’t ready to commit to Sean McVay right away, but on Wednesday the Redskins confirmed what has been reported since the head coach’s first day in Washington.

The Redskins announced McVay will be promoted from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator.

Last night on The Drive with Cooley and Czabe on ESPN980, Chris Cooley effusively supported the 27-year old coach.


“His vast understanding of the game of football is what qualifies him for it,” Cooley said. “His ability to talk not only to the players but to any coach on any level about the scheme, about the dynamic of offense and defense, about coverages, about what you want to get out of certain situations, is incredibly impressive.”


McVay coached with Gruden as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008. He coached tight ends for Gruden in 2009 as part of the Florida Tuskers staff in the UFL.

He joined the Redskins as an offensive assistant in 2010, earning a promotion to coach Cooley’s position after one season.

“At the end of the year, I said, ‘He’s got to be our guy.’ His prep was unreal,” Cooley said.

“As a player I used to challenge the coaches that were around me because I wanted them to know what was going on, and I wanted the answers why. Sean was really the first coach that could give answers in any situation to anything that I needed. He was also a coach that was really understanding of the players he was coaching.”

“His ability to learn the position and to work with me to understand how to play tight end in the NFL – because he hadn’t played tight end in the NFL – was nice.”


When he talked about McVay, Cooley described a young man who has a love affair with football. Cooley said he met up with McVay over the weekend. An hour into their gathering, the coach had his hands on his knees as he mimed running backs in pass protection.

“‘Sean, do you know how big of dorks we are right now? We’re out, and you’re pointing through jet protection with your hands on your knees.’ He loves, loves, loves the game, but beyond that he’s very capable,” Cooley said.


Cooley expected McVay to develop a solid bond with Robert Griffin III, because “Sean’s a guy that everyone likes.”

He said McVay’s biggest challenges will be learning to make “tough decisions” on personnel and being upfront with players about their roles.

“He’ll have to grow quickly in terms of being more I guess tough,” Cooley said. “That’ll be the hardest job for him. He’s a big time people pleaser, and he’ll in his role have to come to grips with, ‘I’m gonna have to be a disappointer often.’”



Cooley no longer has to answer to McVay, but a couple of players that do have lauded their previous position coach before the Redskins confirmed the news.

Under McVay, Jordan Reed joined Cooley as the only Redskins tight ends to make the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team.



Logan Paulsen called McVay “a brilliant football mind” while talking to Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan.

“He’s young, but he sees the game in a very adult, very mature way,” Paulsen said. “What I mean by that is he sees it in terms of the big picture. He sees it like an OC, and that’s something that he’s always prided himself on and he’s always worked towards, and I think he’s achieved. He’s a brilliant football mind, he works extremely hard to understand the game, and I think he’s a great hire. He’s gonna be a great fit.”


Niles Paul shared similar sentiments with Grant and Danny.

“He had us prepared to play every position on the field,” Paul said. “If you couldn’t see up there, there were games when I was the starting fullback, and that was a credit to Sean, because Sean prepared me to know the whole offense.”


In between bites of his monstrous career cake, London Fletcher offered his support from the other side of the ball.


McVay is untested as an offensive coordinator, but his players have confidence the coach will succeed.

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5 Responses to “‘Everyone Likes’ Sean McVay”

  1. By dana on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    time for u all to grow up. and start palying football and quit using excuses its not the coaches fault the team lost its the teams fault, rather than playing like a team, you played like individuals there is no i in team.. snap out of it either you want to win or you dont, and protect your quaterback.

  2. By scott bryson on Jan 16, 2014 | Reply

    I agree with you @dana…. the o-line looked more like the segment out of “the longest yard” than a professional football team! PROTECT YOUR QUARTERBACK AND PLAY F**KING PROFESSIONAL BALL!

  3. By john on Jan 19, 2014 | Reply

    Young and hungry coach spells high octane offense. Hope defense comes through. McVay time to shine.

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