Rams HC Sean McVay uncanny career similarity with this NFL HC
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams have enjoyed incredible success under the watch of head coach Sean McVay. Even with the meltdown of the 2022 NFL season, the Rams have played to a 58-35 record, and have competed in two Super Bowls over the span of just three NFL seasons. His postseason record is equally impressive, winning seven and losing just three games in the NFL Playoffs, winning Super Bowl LVI.
Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid had a similar dominance during his time as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. In his first six seasons as head coach of the Eagles, Reid led the team to a record of 64-32. His postseason record was not quite as impressive, as he did win seven games but lost five in the NFL Playoffs.
The Eagles did compete in the NFL Championship game in Reid’s sixth season, losing to the New England Patriots by a score of 24-21. After that season, the Eagles played the next season to a forgettable 6-10 record.
What can we learn from this?
What can we learn about Andy Reid’s career to give us some clues as to what to expect for the future of the LA Rams and HC Sean McVay? Well, after falling to a record of 6-10 in 2005, Reid struggled to reclaim his past dominance of the NFL. He would go on lead the Eagles to a record that flirted with .500, before a 4-12 season in 2012, eight seasons after leading the team to a Super Bowl XXXIX appearance, which resulted in his dismissal.
Reid was not done just yet, as he has been the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, leading that team to a 112-45 regular season record, as well as a Super Bowl LIV victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
His final seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles have followed a similar track to that of Rams HC Sean McVay. Positional coaches who had excelled in their roles were poached by other teams, leaving Reid to restock his coaching roster each season. Even those coaches and coordinators who did not flourish with the Rams personnel did manage to find success with other teams with more suitable rosters with what they wanted to do.
Ultimately, the depletion of the Eagles’ coaching staff was too much for Reid to overcome. But his career got a new start when he was hired by the Chiefs. Have we seen the best of Sean McVay? Perhaps. It takes a great deal to continue to win in the NFL, and the most important ingredient appears to be able to adapt to ever-changing conditions and personnel.
How will LA Rams HC Sean McVay’s career unfold in the future? Stay tuned . . .