A year has already passed for Sean McVay.
In February, coach Rams ended a boom-or-bust season by leading the team to victory in the Super Bowl LVI at the SoFi Stadium – and later turned down a broadcast that was reportedly going to pay him $ 10 million a year.
A few weeks after the Russian occupation of Ukraine, he and his wife Veronika Khomyn began to face the challenges that her family members face in her war-torn country.
In April, McVay bought and relocated a $ 14 million home in the Hidden Hills. In May, he took on the colors of Aviator and starred in an ad for Tom Cruise’s sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.”
On Saturday, McVay, 36, will try another personal stage when he marries Khomyn.
What’s easier for McVay: Compiling a Super Bowl game plan? Or reduce the number of the wedding invitation?
“Definitely the first,” McVay said after the practice on Wednesday. “Because I have a boss who can push me on the second one.”
But how long will McVay, just 30 years old when he was hired in 2017, be married to the Rams?
Before the start of the new season in September, the Rams are expected to announce that McVay has signed an extension that will make him one of the NFL’s most highly paid coaches.
McVay is believed to have earned about $ 8.5 million last season. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has announced that he has earned more than $ 12 million, but he also serves as general manager. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll announced he had earned $ 11 million.
McVay’s regular season record is 55-26, and twice in his five seasons the Rams have reached the Super Bowl.
Former Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula is the NFL all-time leading scorer in victories. According to profootballreference.com, he has accumulated 328 regular-season successes and won two Super Bowls in 33 seasons before retiring at the age of 65 after the 1995 season.
George Halas has won 318 games and six NFL championships in 40 seasons with the Chicago Bears. He retired in 1967 at the age of 72. Belichick, 70, has 290 wins and six Super Bowl titles in 27 seasons, including his first five with the Cleveland Browns.
Former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry has won 250 games and two Super Bowls in 29 seasons before retiring at the age of 64 after the 1988 season. .
Carroll, 70, has won 152 games in 15 seasons with the New York Jets, Patriots and Seahawks. He coached USC for nine seasons before joining the Seahawks in 2010 and leading them to a Super Bowl title in the 2013 season.
“If you said, ‘Do I have a desire to try to follow Belichick or Don Shula in success?’ – I really do not.
– Rams coach Sean McVay, on his length in the NFL
McVay has averaged 11 wins per season. At that rate, he will need to train another 25 seasons to match Shula’s record.
“If you said, ‘Do I have a desire to try to follow Belichick or Don Shula in success?’ “I really do not,” McVay said in an interview after the NFL owners’ meetings in March.
What about being potentially selected at the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
“Hell,” McVay said, “but if you said, ‘Who is the best of all time, or the most successful in terms of length of all time … it has never been something that really interests him.’ have been. min. “
Questions began about the length of McVay’s potential as NFL coach in February, a few days before the Super Bowl, when McVay hinted that it might not be in it for a long time.
During a press conference, when asked if he could see himself in the 60s, a la Belichick, he went and went.
“There is no chance,” he said at first. “I love it. But if I turn 60, I will not succeed.”
A reporter behind him asked if McVay, an endorsed football volunteer, could really sideline the rally’s players and coaches?
“I love it so much, that it’s such a passion,” he said, “but I also know what I’ve seen from some of my closest friends, be it coaches, as well as some of our players.”
It’s a balanced deal, he acknowledged.
“I’ll get married this summer,” he said, “I want to have a family.”
Speculation about McVay’s future escalated immediately after the Super Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, a victory that helped McVay eliminate the problem that taught him after Belichick won the Super Bowl LIII.
Earlier in the day, Times columnist Dylan Hernandez was asked if he would return to Rams coach McVay this season.
“We’ll see,” he said.
Two days after the celebration of the Rams victory show, McVay and star defensive line Aaron Donald tried to break the rumors that they might not return to the Rams.
“I’m really interested in doing that. Now, I also know that the things I love the most are the things you will miss in education. But there are many things that I will not forget.”
– Sean McVay, on the potential to become an NFL mail publisher
McVay said after the owners’ meeting a month later, “I had a piece like ‘People, there’s never a better time to get away.’ “But when you really think like all the people who have been through it, I would not have found the belly to leave behind so many people that I love and care about, even though [lot of] financial rewards and the good things that would come with it.
“It’s a real heartbreak and her stress and the opportunity to stay on top is very intoxicating,” he said. “I know that’s really good. It can deceive you, it can deceive you, so I totally understand that.
McVay was excited about the possibility of a transfer – and he did not rule it out in the future. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported after the Super Bowl that ESPN, Fox and Amazon Prime Video were interested in McVay.
McVay watched as consultant Jon Gruden goes from coaching to broadcasting, with phenomenal success.
After Gruden was sacked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2008 season – McVay’s first in the NFL – the then 45-year-old, nine-year-old Gruden began as an analyst on “Football Monday Night” did and became a cheerful crossover character.
Gruden, who coached the Raiders and Buccaneers for 11 seasons in the NFL, returned to the league in 2018 as Raiders coach, announced a 10-year, $ 100 million contract, the richest at the time. The NFL signed.
Now, former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is announced to join Fox as a studio analyst, though he is considered a role model until he returns to coaching. Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy are the other Super Bowl champions coaches working on the broadcast. And analysts like Tony Romo and Troy Aikman are benefiting from the skyrocketing performance of high-level analysts.
McVay has enjoyed his limited-edition television work.
“It’s not that I’re just doing it to keep myself busy – I’m really interested in doing it,” he said. “Now, I also know that the things I love the most are the ones you will miss in coaching. But there are many. [stuff] that I will not forget. ”
McVay does not want to start and raise a happy family.
In recent months, he has repeatedly praised Khomyn for her grace and strength in dealing with the situation in Ukraine.
McVay said before the Super Bowl that “he always had a dream to be a father” and wanted to be able to spend time with his wife and children.
Finding balance is a challenge for a coach who calls himself a “safe place” when he is on the field or in meeting rooms with players and coaches.
“I’m clear enough on myself to identify myself – like this balance in the season, it will never go away from me,” he said after the owners’ meetings. “I feel like I’m going to cheat the game and cheat the way I know I have the capacity to work. … And so, it’s something to love / hate.”
Bengals coach Zac Taylor, 39, worked with the Rams for two seasons under McVay. Taylor, a married man and father of four, said that as an NFL coach, “seven months you lose, and then as my wife likes to tell him, you have a comeback stage.”
But Taylor said the “work-life balance” with the family could be managed so that coaches with the children “do not miss those moments”.
“Fortunately, in Cincinnati,” he said, “I’m 12 miles away from home.”
Reid, after nearly a quarter of a century as head coach, said the secret to his long coaching career in the NFL is working with good players, coaches and owners.
“The ownership I worked for, both of them, was phenomenal, so they made it as easy as I could,” he said. “So, I do what I love.”
Carroll said McVay – who he described as a “great top coach” – enters a stage where he calls it “a better life still” off the field, even though he starts as an NFL coach “in the midst of everything”.
“But he’s always in the middle of everything,” Carroll said. “So, I wish him the best.”
“If he wants to resign,” the NFC West rival added jokingly, “this is good for me.”