LA Rams new DC Brandon Staley’s defense stumped McVay, so he hired him

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LA Rams head coach Sean McVay knew exactly where to go for his new defensive coordinator. By selecting Vic Fangio protege Brandon Staley, McVay hopes to harness the defensive genius he struggled to defeat

When it comes to the LA Rams choices of hiring a new defensive coordinator, the old saying comes to mind: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” But in the case of hiring Denver Broncos OLB coach Brandon Staley, it is more along the lines of “If you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em.”  And so he did.  So far we’ve discussed the what, so now let’s focus on the impact of the decision and what we believe it will mean for the LA Rams defense.

Rams head coach Sean McVay is highly regarded throughout the NFL as an offensive savant. Give him enough time to plan, and he will very likely develop the right offensive scheme and game plan to defeat virtually any opponent. And now that he has a new offensive coordinator, he has created enough capacity to do that very thing for NFL gameday Sundays.

His initial impact upon the NFL has had the trajectory of a space launch aiming at the moon.  McVay’s offensive innovations had taken the NFL with such surprise that virtually all NFL head coaches hired in 2019 had some background working with McVay in their careers.  Yes, he is that highly regarded in NFL circles.

Imitation is the ultimate form of flattery.  As soon as the Rams competed in Super Bowl 53, unsuccessful teams aimed at coaches who had worked with McVay in their careers.  They all wanted to capture that offensive production in some way on their teams.