Dec 31, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay coaches against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Sean McVay ‘promises’ return to Rams in 2024

Retirement conversation with Sean McVay can be put on hold after the Rams’ head coach confirmed he will be on the Los Angeles sideline again next season.

At this time last year, McVay said he was wrestling with how long he would remain in the profession as he started a family. He and his wife welcomed their first child in October.

But with his Rams on the doorstep of the playoffs, and McVay seven wins from setting the team record for victories as head coach (John Robinson, 75), he doesn’t want to leave any doubt about his status for 2024.

“That I can promise you,” McVay told host J.B. Long when asked if there would be a “Coach McVay Show” next season.

McVay turns 38 later this month. He was hired in 2017, guiding the Rams to a Super Bowl LVI win while building a 69-45 regular-season record (7-3 postseason) for a total of 76 career wins.

In 2022, McVay and general manager Les Snead signed contract extensions that expire after the 2026 season.

With one more win this season, McVay will have the Rams (9-7) back in the playoffs and move ahead of Chuck Knox into sole possession of second on the Rams’ all-time wins list, which counts regular-season victories.

Knox’s record with the Rams was 69-48-1; Robinson was 75-68.

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Nov 5, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford looks on from the sidelines prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Rams expect Matthew Stafford back to QB1 following bye

When the Rams return from a brief break for their bye week, the Los Angeles backfield should be close to full strength.

Rams coach Sean McVay said quarterback Matthew Stafford will be ready to return from a thumb injury that forced him to sit out last week’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. Running back Kyren Williams, on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain, is one week behind Stafford and targeting to play Week 12.

“Feel really good about Matthew, and how much he’s attacked doing everything in his power to be back and to lead the way for this team,” McVay said.

The Rams return from this week’s bye to face the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 19. The Rams defeated Seattle 30-13 in Week 1. Williams is first eligible to return from IR the following week at Arizona. The Rams beat the Cardinals, 26-9, in Week 6.

Williams remains the team’s leading rusher by a considerable margin with 456 yards on 97 carries and six touchdowns. He last played in the Oct. 15 win over the Cardinals and rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Stafford was diagnosed with a UCL sprain in his throwing thumb after making contact with a helmet while throwing in the 43-20 loss to the Cowboys on Oct. 29.

Stafford, 35, has thrown for 2,070 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games this season.

Backup quarterback Brett Rypien replaced Stafford against the Cowboys after he was injured and completed 5 of 10 passes for 42 yards. He started Sunday’s game against the Packers and was 13 of 28 for 130 yards with an interception and no touchdowns.

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October 15, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay argues with the referee during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Rams coach Sean McVay: ‘Son knows better’ than to arrive on gameday

Fatherhood might not wait much longer for Rams head coach Sean McVay, but he’s counting on his son being a football guy from the start.

McVay said last week that he would be willing to miss a game for the birth of his first child. McVay said his wife, Veronika, was due to deliver a boy “any day now” prior to the home victory over the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday.

But the wait continued Wednesday, and McVay might be reversing course on the mandatory attendance element.

“My wife’s doing great. I know there was a lot made about me missing a game. I’m not going to miss a game,” McVay said. “My son knows better than to come during a game.”

The Rams are scheduled to play at home again this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

McVay said last week there was a contingency plan in place should he miss time for any reason, including the birth of his child.

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Nov 6, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) runs for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Sean McVay: Rams WR Cooper Kupp will play Sunday

Los Angeles Rams All-Pro wide receiver Cooper Kupp will make his season debut Sunday against the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles.

Head coach Sean McVay confirmed Friday that Kupp will play when the Rams (2-2) take on the visiting Eagles (4-0) at SoFi Stadium.

Kupp missed the first four weeks of the season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. The Rams opened his 21-day practice window Wednesday, and he is expected to be activated to the 53-man roster Friday or Saturday, McVay said.

Kupp, 30, was first injured in a training camp practice Aug. 1. He originally was expected to be out one to two weeks but missed all three preseason games. He returned to practice before the Aug. 26 preseason game against Denver before having a setback with the injury.

He won the receiving triple crown in 2021, leading the NFL with 145 catches, 1,947 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, and won NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He was limited to nine games in 2022 with a high ankle sprain.

Kupp has 508 receptions for 6,329 yards and 46 touchdowns in 80 games (66 starts) since the Rams drafted him in the third round in 2017.

In Kupp’s absence, fifth-round pick Puka Nacua established NFL rookie records for catches and yards through four games.

Nacua, 22, has 39 receptions for 501 yards and one touchdown. Last Sunday, he capped his third 100-yard game of the season with the game-winning 22-yard TD catch in overtime to beat the Indianapolis Colts, 29-23.

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Jun 14, 2023; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp (10) during minicamp at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rams WR Cooper Kupp could land on IR, Sean McVay says

Los Angeles Rams star wide receiver Cooper Kupp, already ruled out for the season opener, could land on injured reserve, coach Sean McVay admitted to reporters Friday.

“We have until tomorrow to make that decision, but I would say there is a definite possibility on all those guys,” McVay said of Kupp, backup quarterback Stetson Bennett and tight end Hunter Long.

McVay had ruled Kupp out for Week 1 against the host Seattle Seahawks back on Wednesday. Kupp has been seeing a specialist about his lingering hamstring problem.

If Kupp or any of his injured teammates are placed on injured reserve by Saturday, they will miss the first four games of the regular season before being eligible to return.

Kupp, 30, was first injured in a training camp practice Aug. 1, leaving the field 30 minutes into a workout. He was originally expected to be out 1-2 weeks but he missed all three preseason games.

Kupp won the receiving triple crown in 2021, leading the NFL with 145 catches, 1,947 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, and won NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He was limited to nine games in 2022 with a high ankle sprain.

Bennett (throwing shoulder) and Long (thigh) were also ruled out for the Seattle game on Wednesday.

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Oct 16, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Jimmy Lake watches pregame warmups against the UCLA Bruins at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams hire ex-college head coach Jimmy Lake

The Los Angeles Rams have hired former Washington Huskies head coach Jimmy Lake for an undetermined role on Sean McVay’s staff, NFL Network reported Thursday.

Lake, 46, who has a history of coaching defense, would likely help coach the Rams’ defensive backs with the departure of Jonathan Cooley to the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday.

Lake was fired after 13 games as Huskies head coach after he pushed and struck one of his own players, Ruperake Fuavai, while trying to break up a sideline scrum. He finished with a 7-6 record from 2020-21.

Lake was an assistant DBs coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions from 2006-11. He was also the assistant defensive coordinator at Washington from 2016-19.

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Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay greets Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury after the Rams defeated the Cardinals 34-7 during a game on Dec. 1, 2019 in Glendale, Ariz.

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Reports: Sean McVay not retiring, will coach Rams in 2023

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay committed to coaching in 2023 following days of speculation that he planned to resign the post.

McVay and general manager Les Snead plan to meet to discuss staff changes, according to reports Friday. One such move could be bringing in former Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, per reports.

Sportico reported McVay is the NFL’s third-highest paid coach at $14 million per season, with only Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll netting more per season. McVay and Snead signed contract extensions through the 2026 season last summer.

Coming off a Super Bowl victory last February, McVay admitted he considered leaving coaching for a multitude of reasons.

McVay again shared his reluctance to commit to the Rams for 2023 in his season-ending press conference on Monday, taking the unprecedented step of permitting assistant coaches to interview elsewhere.

“Take the next couple of days, really be able to reflect and a lot of conversations that will dictate and determine the decision that’s best for me and my family,” McVay said Monday of when he would know his plans for next year.

Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris has multiple interviews lined up to become a head coach again, including with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.

Kingsbury was fired Monday as Arizona cleaned house, and the Rams lost offensive coordinator Liam Coen on Tuesday. He returned to Kentucky to be the Wildcats’ OC, a position he held in 2021 before jumping to the Rams.

McVay’s coaching tree is vast, especially when considering his age. He became the youngest coach to win the Super Bowl last February at age 36 — beating former assistant Zac Taylor and the Cincinnati Bengals for the Lombardi Trophy. Days later, McVay lost offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, who was hired by the Minnesota Vikings.

Other former McVay assistants include Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, Chargers head coach Brandon Staley and University of Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch.

McVay was hired as head coach of the Rams in 2017 as a 30-year-old offensive wunderkind with NFL bloodlines. McVay said he considered not coaching in 2022 and reportedly was offered as much as $100 million over five years to join the Amazon Prime NFL broadcast team.

That, along with getting married and the death of his grandfather — John McVay — have all been factors for the Rams’ coach.

Los Angeles went 5-12 in 2022, a season marred by injuries to quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Cooper Kupp and defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

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Jan 8, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay celebrates a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Undecided Rams coach Sean McVay permits staff to interview

Rams head coach Sean McVay informed his staff they were free to interview with other teams, an unprecedented move for an NFL coach under contract for the 2023 season.

While NFL teams can block lateral moves — jobs with the same or similar title and responsibilities with another team — the Rams are making a major concession.

ESPN reported McVay told coaches in a meeting his own future was not clear, and he wouldn’t block interview requests from other teams.

McVay shared his reluctance to commit to the Rams for 2023 in his season-ending press conference on Monday.

“Take the next couple of days, really be able to reflect and a lot of conversations that will dictate and determine the decision that’s best for me and my family,” McVay said Monday of when he would know his plans for next year.

Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris has multiple interviews lined up to become a head coach again, including the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.

McVay’s coaching tree is vast, especially when considering his age. He became the youngest coach to win the Super Bowl last February at age 36 — beating former assistant Zac Taylor and the Cincinnati Bengals for the Lombardi Trophy. Days later, McVay lost offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, who was hired by the Minnesota Vikings.

Other former McVay assistants include Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, Chargers head coach Brandon Staley and University of Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch.

McVay was hired as head coach of the Rams in 2017 as a 30-year-old offensive wunderkind with NFL bloodlines. McVay said he considered not coaching in 2022 and reportedly was offered as much as $100 million over five years to join the Amazon Prime NFL broadcast team.

That, along with getting married and the death of his grandfather — John McVay — have all worn down the Rams’ coach, according to reports.

Los Angeles went 5-12 in 2022, a season marred by injuries to quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Cooper Kupp and defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

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Oct 3, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (left) and head coach Sean McVay talk during warmups before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Rams’ Matthew Stafford won’t retire; Sean McVay faces ‘layers’ to decision

While the Los Angeles Rams’ young head coach mulls whether to step away from the league, quarterback Matthew Stafford said Monday he has no intention to retire this offseason.

Stafford, who will turn 35 next month, is coming off his 14th NFL season, which ended prematurely with a season-ending spinal injury.

Stafford was diagnosed with a spinal cord contusion in addition to a concussion, but it isn’t expected to be a long-term problem for the quarterback that led Los Angeles to last year’s Super Bowl title.

He also told reporters Monday that whether Sean McVay chooses to step down from his post would have no impact on his own decision.

ESPN and The Athletic reported over the weekend that McVay, 36, will take his time deciding whether he wants to return to the Rams in 2023. Los Angeles suffered through an injury-laden title defense and finished 5-12, missing the playoffs.

McVay drew interest from networks eyeing him for a color commentary role last year, when he was coming off his first Super Bowl victory and entertained the possibility that he’d walk away.

“There’s a lot of emotion right after the season,” McVay said. “There’s a lot of layers to this. There’s a lot of people that it does affect that I don’t take lightly and want to be mindful of. And so I’m going to take the next couple days to really be able to kind of reflect.”

McVay also said he doesn’t “get the sense in the least bit I’m done coaching. It’s just a matter of what does that look like as it relates to the immediate future.”

The Rams signed McVay to an extension before the season, making him under contract through the 2026 season. Financial terms were not released by the club at the time, but McVay is reportedly among the highest-paid coaches in the NFL. Stafford also signed an extension through 2026.

McVay is 60-37 with one game left to complete a sixth full season as the Rams’ coach.

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Oct 3, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (left) and head coach Sean McVay talk during warmups before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Rams coach Sean McVay reluctant to discuss next season

Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay plans a brief pause, stepping away from the daily grind to determine whether he needs an extended break from the NFL.

McVay has not committed to being back with the Rams for the 2023 season, confirming on Monday reports that he was contemplating stepping away before his 37th birthday later this month.

“Take the next couple of days, really be able to reflect and a lot of conversations that will dictate and determine the decision that’s best for me and my family,” McVay said Monday of when he would know his plans for next year.

McVay was hired as head coach of the Rams in 2017 as a 30-year-old offensive wunderkind with NFL bloodlines. The youngest Super Bowl-winning coach at age 36 last February, McVay acknowledged he considered not coaching in 2022 and reportedly was offered as much as $100 million over five years to join the Amazon Prime NFL broadcast team.

That, along with getting married and the death of his grandfather — John McVay — have all worn down the Rams’ coach, according to reports.

Los Angeles went 5-12 in 2022, a season marred by injuries to quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Cooper Kupp and defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Stafford started just nine games in 2022 due to elbow, thumb and head injuries. He said Monday he isn’t certain McVay will return next season.

Either way, Stafford said he plans to play for the Rams.

“I feel really good about where I’m at,” Stafford said.

Donald might not be a guarantee to play next season. He openly weighed retirement, and the Pittsburgh native touched on doubts he wrestled with before signing a new contract for the 2022 season.

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