For months rumors swirled that Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay would draw interest for head coaching opportunities.
Those rumors came true this offseason, as McVay has already interviewed with the Rams for their vacant head coach position and will talk Monday with the 49ers about their top job.
It appears the talks with Los Angeles went well and the team is digging deep into the 30-year-old's background for more information.
Of course, McVay has lived a football life. He began his coaching career with Tampa in 2008 at just 22 years old, landed with the Redskins in 2010, and took over at offensive coordinator in 2014. Redskins players have said they have 'no doubt' about McVay's ability to coach a team, and it seems the question is more when than if he gets a head job.
And while that's all great news for McVay, what does it mean for the Redskins?
Washington's offense is the strength of the team, and one of the more effective units in the NFL. The team ranked 3rd in the NFL in yards gained and quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for more than 4,900 yards, both significant improvements from 2015.
Chris Thompson, a fourth-year running back that took advantage of his opportunities in the Redskins system, said that losing McVay would be tough but should not cause major changes as the offensive design comes from head coach Jay Gruden.
"As far as the offense goes if anybody’s worried, it’s Sean and Coach Gruden incorporating their ideas together. It would be big just because it might put a little bit more on Coach Gruden. He may be in a situation where he might have to go back to play calling again," Thompson said. "It’s something that Coach Gruden is used to."
Play calling will be one area that McVay's absence could have a big impact. In 2014, Gruden called the Redskins plays despite being a rookie head coach. That task, along with running the whole team, proved to be somewhat of a burden and in 2015 Gruden shared play calling duties with McVay and offensive line coach Bill Callahan.
This past season, though Gruden, Callahan and QB Coach Matt Cavanugh had input, play calling was exclusively the domain of McVay. The young coordinator got the credit when things went well, and took the heat when the Redskins offense bogged down. At times last year, the Redskins had a bad habit of getting away from the running attack, and McVay owned that when the criticism inevitably came.
After a December loss to the Cardinals in Arizona that saw the Redskins run less than 20 times despite averaging more than 4-yards-per-carry, McVay took the blame.
"I definitely feel like I could’ve been more patient on some of those early down and distances where you get a little bit pass-heavy. And that’s something that as a decision-maker and as a coordinator, I have to do a better job," he said.
It's that level of honesty and accountability that likely appeals to NFL owners when they look at McVay as a head coaching candidate.
For the Redskins, McVay is undeniably an asset, but his departure should not set the offense back with Gruden still running the ship.
'It’s pretty much his offense, so he’ll be comfortable with it I’m sure," Thompson said.
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