Building a winning culture in the NFL, or any professional sport for that matter, is no easy task. Few head coaches have been able to build a culture of winning in this league while standing the test of time, but Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams wants to do just that, and he's off to a good start.
After McVay took over for the underachieving Jeff Fisher in January of 2017, there were a lot of questions about the choice the Rams made. McVay was a first-time head coach and the youngest coach in the modern era of the NFL at 30 years old, which barely beat out 31-year-old Lane Kiffin when the then-Oakland Raiders hired him in 2007.
Despite all the questions and inexperience, McVay far exceeded expectations by immediately changing the culture of the storied franchise. McVay's youth and energy turned out to be a big plus for the Rams, as the team finished the season with an 11-5 record.
Los Angeles ultimately lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the playoffs, but the stage was set for a bright future for McVay and company. In the four seasons to follow, McVay has finished with a winning record every season, with two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl win.
Some seasoned head coaches never even make it to the big game, and McVay has already been there twice. He's proven his worth time and time again while facing long odds in Los Angeles and some drastic changes to his roster over the years.
Ironically enough, McVay appeared ready to call it quits after beating the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl last February. Rumors started to swirl about Amazon offering him a deal for as much as $100 million to be a broadcaster, a transition many players and coaches are starting to make.
Fortunately for the Rams, McVay has recommitted to the team after reportedly agreeing to a contract extension with the franchise earlier this week.
At 36, with a roster as talented as any on both sides of the football, the future is bright for the Rams and their leader on the sideline. Superstar Aaron Donald also recommitted to the team after flirting with the idea of retirement, having won his first Super Bowl ring.
Despite losing Von Miller to the Buffalo Bills in free agency and potentially losing Odell Beckham Jr. (who remains unsigned), the Rams remain aggressive in keeping their roster competitive. The team signed wide receiver Allen Robinson to a three-year and secured the long-term future of Cooper Kupp and Donald during the offseason.
At this point, the only thing that may stop the Rams from being one of the best teams in the league for years to come is themselves. After that, it's all about winning moving forward, and the team has all the pieces with a great head coach, a solid starting quarterback in Matthew Stafford and a leader on defense in Donald.
The sky is the limit for this McVay-led squad in Los Angeles, with this team built to win now and for years to come!