Much like a family dinner table, NFL locker rooms are usually full of boisterous disagreement. Whatever the topic, in a room packed with hyper competitive men, rarely is their full accord on a topic, whether it's college football loyalties or something as innocuous as the weather report.
Not surprisingly, there was one thing that garnered nearly full agreement on Monday during Redskins locker clean out: Sean McVay will be a great NFL coach.
"No doubt about it," quarterback Colt McCoy said when asked what he thought about McVay's coaching prospects.
McCoy explained that McVay has such command of the Redskins offense, both conceptually and on the practice field. Those abilities will translate well to a head coaching gig, and the opportunities are mounting for McVay.
He has two interviews scheduled: First in Los Angeles on Thursday and another in San Francisco on Monday. With the Rams, McVay would get a chance to work with 2016 overall No. 1 pick Jared Goff, who struggled to even get on the field at quarterback for the rams early this season. With the 49ers, McVay would return to the scene of his grandfather's best work. John McVay was vice president in San Francisco during the Niners decade of greatness in the 1980s.
"I'm not surprised at all. Just looking at his body of work since he’s been the [offensive coordinator]. Hard work shows for itself," running back Chris Thompson said. "Even my rookie year when he was just tight ends coach, you could just see it in him, how smart he is."
McVay's rise in the NFL has been rapid, as he has only been running the Redskins offense for three seasons. In those years, working with Kirk Cousins, the offense transformed from mediocre to one of the top in the league. This season the 'Skins ranked 3rd in the NFL in total yards and Cousins passed for nearly 5,000 yards.
Thompson explained that McVay knows how to push his players, sometimes to the brink.
"It’s funny. We say stuff about it all the time. Each and every week, sometimes its the same routes, but he goes over it every single time. Every little thing, he wants it to be perfect. That's what's great about him. Sometimes, as players you get a little aggravated about it because you’re like, ‘Man it's just one extra step, it won’t make a difference.’ But in this league all those things matter."
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