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Los Angeles Rams’ Sean McVay responds to retirement and TV rumors

Sean McVay
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As the Los Angeles Rams finish a 2022 season that fell short of expectations, head coach Sean McVay is now responding to the circulating NFL rumors about his future.

After winning the Super Bowl, reports surfaced this summer that McVay contemplated retirement. One of the best head coaches in the NFL received interest from the league’s broadcasting partners regarding a role in broadcasting, providing him an opportunity to make a career change.

While he saw the appeal in stepping away from the grueling schedule that comes from being a head coach, McVay ultimately signed a contract extension with Los Angeles. However, his future in the NFL has once again been a source of speculation.

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Many prominent league officials started discussing McVay’s future in November, raising the possibility that he might finally walk away. The topic quickly gained traction around the NFL with insiders casting uncertainty about the Rams’ coach sticking around in 2023.

As Los Angeles slipped further down the NFL standings, the rumors became more prevalent. A top executive disclosed in December that McVay is tired and taking some time away from coaching is a realistic possibility. It quickly caught the attention of television executives, who have coveted McVay for years.

Asked by reporters this week about the attention from network executives and about his future, McVay admitted that he is interested in becoming an NFL analyst in the future. However, he also seemed to express a desire to remain with the Rams for the time being.

“I want to be here right now, focus on that and that’s where I’m at.”

Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay on rumors of retiring for TV job (H/T Sarah Barshop)

Turning 37 on Jan. 24, McVay is still one of the youngest head coaches in the NFL. However, he and his wife have made it clear they want to prioritize their own lives and happiness rather than spend decades going through the grind of working in the NFL.

Considering all of the holes on the Rams’ roster and their limited ability to address a variety of needs this offseason, it’s still possible McVay walks away. He could make just as much serving as a color analyst for ESPN, FOX or Amazon as he would calling plays on the sideline in Los Angeles.

Whether it happens in 2023 or a few years from now, McVay is going to walk away from coaching far sooner than football fans want. The hope, though, will be he gets a chance to reset and spend time with his family for several years before becoming making an eventual return.