Will Sean McVay retire? Future as Rams head coach in doubt, report says

By | January 9, 2023

There may not be a Hollywood ending in store for Sean McVay

The Rams’ all-in approach lead to the team its head coach hoisting the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl 56, but in the weeks that followed, uncertainty surrounded McVay’s future. Ultimately, McVay signed a new contract that kept him locked into the club.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that uncertainty followed McVay into the 2022 season. Schefter reported Saturday that McVay’s future is in “limbo” and that coach may decide to call it a career after the season.

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If McVay does decide to retire, he’ll be leaving after the team’s first losing season since 2017, his first year as Rams coach. Los Angeles is 5-11 entering its final game of the 2022 season, a matchup with division rival Seattle.

Here’s the latest on McVay’s future with the Rams:

Will Sean McVay retire?

McVay is going take some time following 2022 regular-season finale to make a decision on his future as Rams head coach. He made that clear on Monday:

Fox Sport’s Jay Glazer adds that more people in the Rams organization would be surprised if he came back, as opposed to if he stepped away.

McVay has had quite the year. The Rams went from a Super Bowl victory to a five-win season and are now in a very difficult spot as an organization. They’re facing cap issues, their core is aging and they may have some very lean years ahead. The coach has also dealt with personal troubles: his grandfather, John McVay, died, and his wife’s home country, Ukraine, was invaded by Russian forces.

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On the field, McVay, who has tasted nothing but success since being named as head coach of the Rams, may not want to deal with a lengthy rebuild. He recently called the Rams’ lost 2022 season a “professional failure.” 

McVaay was mulling his future following LA’s Super Bowl win in 2022: Rumors indicated that he was considering stepping away and pursuing a job in the NFL TV sphere.

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He may still be angling for a TV job should he opt to step away from coaching, but potential landing spots are unclear, with big seats on Fox, NBC and Amazon filled this past season.

Ultimately, McVay decided to run it back with the Rams, signing a contract extension that would keep him in Los Angeles through 2026. However, him staying in LA through that deal is looking a bit suspect at the moment.