Sean McVay completes Los Angeles Rams staff

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday February 09, 2017


Sean McVay has completed his staff with the Los Angeles Rams.

The 31-year-old McVay is the youngest head coach in NFL history. He spent the last seven years with the Redskins, including three years as offensive coordinator. Because of that inexperience, he has some veteran coaches around him, but there is also a mix of more young coaches.

Here is the Rams staff:

With 17 on-field assistants, it’s on the smaller side for an NFL staff. It’s possible McVay could add a few more offensive or defensive assistants, and he likely needs an assistant special teams coach, but the Rams announced that the staff is complete.

McVay retained three coaches from the previous staff in special teams coordinator John Fassel, running backs coach Skip Peete and assistant offensive line coach Andy Dickerson. Fassel served as interim head coach last season.

The defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, is more than double the age of his head coach, at 69 years old. Phillips had been a coach for 15 years before McVay was even born. He brings a vast amount of experience and is one year removed from winning the Super Bowl with one of the best defenses in the league.

But the offensive coordinator is similarly young. At 35 years old, Matt LaFleur began coaching in 2003. He was the Redskins quarterbacks coach from 2010-13, where he worked with McVay. After working at Notre Dame in 2014, he spent the last two years coaching Matt Ryan, this year’s NFL MVP.

Coming from Washington, McVay brought several Redskins assistants, including tight ends coach Shane Waldron, linebackers / assistant head coach Joe Barry and cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant.

McVay also turned to the college ranks for some coaches. Eric Yarber doesn’t have to move, going from UCLA to the Rams. Assistant wide receivers coach Zac Taylor returns to the NFL after one year at Cincinnati offensive coordinator. He previously worked with the Dolphins.

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Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.