Well it certainly took LA Rams head coach Sean McVay enough time to take over the LA Rams entire team, didn’t it? After all, he was hired in 2017 as the youngest head coach in the NFL. But he had the help of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and special teams coordinator John Fassel.
Sure, they were part of McVay’s staff, but they were his right-hand men, coaches who either came with the package of getting the head coaching gig or were hired to help out the rookie head coach if he found himself in tight spots.
That lasted until 2020. A year ago, the Rams found themselves in the market for a new defensive coordinator and a new special teams coordinator. You see, the word that trickled out in various reports is that McVay wanted more say-so, more direct responsibility for the other aspects of the team. Of course, to gain more oversight of the other two-thirds of the team, he would have to relinquish some control of the offense. So he hired three new coordinators, and the team was “more his”.
The changes in 2020 were more than cosmetic. For the first time in his short head coaching career, Sean McVay was spreading his reach a bit. He clearly wanted more interaction, more dialogue. That style seemed to more closely fit how he operated, and that was not how coaches from the previous generation got things done. New faces on the coaching staff signaled a more collaborative effort. The Rams were turning the corner, and Coach McVay had his hand hard on the wheel steering the team in a new direction