It’s been a year for Sean McVay.
In February, the Rams coach ended the boom-and-bust season by directing the team to victory at the Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium, and then turned down broadcast offers that would pay him $ 10 million a year.
A few weeks later, after Russia’s occupation of Ukraine, she and her fiancée Veronica Khomin began to deal with the difficulties their family members faced in their war-torn homeland.
In April, McVay bought a $ 14 million home in Hidden Hills and moved into it. In May, she wore Aviator shades and starred in Tom Cruise’s sequel to Top Gun: Maverick.
McVay, 36, will have another personal stage when she marries Homin on Saturday.
What’s easier for McVay: Bringing the Super Bowl game plan together? Or do you bring down a wedding invitation list?
“Of course first,” McVay said after training on Wednesday. “Because in the second, I have a boss who can beat me.”
How long will McVay, 30, be married to Aries when he is hired in 2017?
Before the start of a new season in September, Rams is expected to announce that McVay has signed an extension that will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the NFL.
McVay is estimated to have earned about $ 8.5 million last season. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is said to have earned more than $ 12 million, but he also serves as general manager. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has reportedly earned $ 11 million.
McVay’s regular season record is 55-26, and the Aries have reached the Super Bowl twice in five seasons.
Former Baltimore Colts and Miami Delphins coach Don Shula is the NFL’s all-time winning leader. According to profootballreference.com, he won 328 regular-season wins in 33 seasons and two Super Bowls until his retirement 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 the first five with the Cleveland Browns.
Former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry won 250 games and two Super Bowls in 29 seasons before retiring at the age of 64 after the 1988 season. Andy Reed, 64, has played 233 games and won the Super Bowl in 23 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. .
Carroll, 70, has won 152 games in 15 seasons for the New York Jets, Patriots and Seahawks. He coached the USC for nine seasons before joining the Seahawks in 2010 and leading them to the Super Bowl title in 2013.
“If you say, ‘Do I want to win like Belichik or Don Shula?'” Not really.
– Rams coach Sean McVay, about his longevity in the NFL
McVay has averaged 11 wins each season. At this pace, he will have to train for another 25 seasons to repeat Shula’s record.
“If you say, ‘Do I want to win like Belichik or Don Shula?’
What about potentially voting for Pro Football Hall of Fame?
“Hell yes,” McVay said, adding, “But if you say, ‘Who is the best of all time, or the most successful of all time in terms of longevity … I.’
As an NFL coach, questions began about McVay’s potential longevity In February, a few days before the Super Bowl, McVay signaled that he would not be there for long.
During a press conference, he went back and forth when asked if he could see himself training in his 60s, a la Belichick.
“No chance,” he said at first. “I love it. But if I do it by the age of 60, I won’t be able to.”
He was followed by a reporter who asked if McVay, a well-known football fan, could really put aside the assembled players and coaches.
“I love it so much that it’s such a passion,” he said.
This is a balancing act, he admitted.
“I’m getting married this summer,” he said, “I want to have a family.”
Immediately after the Super Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, speculation about McVay’s future grew, a victory that helped McVay relieve the pain he felt after Belichick trained him in Super Bowl LIII.
The next morning, when asked by Times columnist Dylan Hernandez if he would return Rams to coach this season, McVay was undecided.
“We’ll see,” he said.
Two days later, as the Aries celebrated their victory parade, McVay and star defender Aaron Donald tried to quell rumors that they would not be able to return to the Aries.
“I am really interested in doing that. Now I know that my favorite things are the things you will miss in coaching. But there are many things … I will not miss them. “
– Sean McVay, potential to become an NFL post broadcaster
“There was a part of me that said,‘ Man, there’s never a better time to get away, ’” McVay said a month later after meeting with the owners. it was not enough to leave a person behind, even [lot of] material rewards and good things about it. “
“It’s really annoying, and the stress of it and the opportunity to get over it is very intoxicating,” he said. “I know this very well. It’s tiring, it can tear you down, so I fully understand that. “
McVay was flattered by the opportunity to switch to broadcasting, and did not rule it out in the future. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported that ESPN, Fox and Amazon Prime Video were interested in McVay after the Super Bowl.
McVay watched mentor John Grude’s transition from coaching to broadcasting with great success.
After Gruden was sacked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2008 season – McVay was the first in the NFL – then 45-year-old Gruden began his nine-year career as an analyst at Monday Night Football and became a crossover entertainment personality.
Gruden, who spent 11 seasons as an NFL coach with the Raiders and Buccaneers, returned to the league as a Raiders coach in 2018, signing a 10-year, $ 100 million contract that was then the NFL’s richest.
Now, former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is rumored to be joining Fox as a studio analyst, although that will be seen as a holding example until he returns to coaching. Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy are other Super Bowl champion coaches working on the broadcast. Analysts such as Tony Romo and Troy Aikman are among the beneficiaries of the increased compensation for their high level of analytical talent.
McVay enjoyed limited television work.
“It’s not like I did it just to stay engaged – I’m really interested in doing it,” he said. “Now I know that my favorite things are the things you will miss in coaching. But there are many [stuff] that I will not miss. “
McVay does not want to miss the opportunity to get married and enjoy it.
Over the past few months, he has repeatedly praised Khomeini for his grace and power over the situation in Ukraine.
Before the Super Bowl, McVay said he “always wanted to be a father” and wanted to spend time with his wife and children.
Finding balance is a challenge for a coach who says his “safe place” is on the field or in meeting rooms with players and coaches.
“I’ve thought about it enough to know myself – like this balance issue of the season, it will never happen to me,” he said after the owners’ meetings. “It seems to me that I would cheat and deceive the game because I knew I had the ability to work. … And so it’s a matter of love / hate. ”
Bengal coach Zach Taylor, 39, worked with the Aries for two seasons under McVay. Taylor, who is married and has four children, said as an NFL coach, “you’ll be gone in seven months, and then you’re in the re-entry phase, as my husband likes to call it.”
But Taylor said the “work-life balance” with the family can be managed so that coaches don’t “miss those moments” with the kids.
“Fortunately, in Cincinnati,” he said, “I’m 12 minutes from home.”
After nearly a quarter of a century as head coach, Reid said the secret to coaching longevity in the NFL is to work with good players, coaches and ownership.
“The ownership I worked for was both phenomenal, so they made it as easy for me as they could,” he said. “So I’m doing what I love.”
Carroll said McVay, whom he describes as a “big ball coach,” is starting “in the middle of everything” as an NFL coach, but is entering a phase he calls “the best life yet” off the field.
“But it’s always in the middle of everything,” Carroll said. “So I wish him the best.”
Then he paused.
“If he wants to resign,” the NFC West rival added with a laugh, “that’s good for me.”