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Head Coach: Sean McVay
On January 12, 2017, Los Angeles Rams Owner/ Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke named Sean McVay the 23rd full-time head coach in franchise history. McVay became the youngest coach in modern NFL history.
McVay completed his third season as the Redskins' offen- sive coordinator in 2016 after initially being promoted to the position on January 15, 2014. Prior to his promotion during the 2014 offseason, McVay spent three seasons as the team's tight ends coach (2011-13) and one as an offensive assistant (2010).
The 2016 Redskins' offensive unit ranked in the top-three in a number of statistical categories; finishing second in passing yards per game (297.4), passing yards per play (7.84) and yards per play (6.4), in addition to being the league's third ranked offensive team, averaging 403.4 yards per game.
McVay's group posted a breakout campaign in his second year as offensive coordinator in 2015, including record- setting performances by quarterback Kirk Cousins and tight end Jordan Reed. McVay's scheme and tutelage helped Cousins break Redskins records for attempts (543), completions (379), passing yards (4,166) and 300- yard passing games (seven) in a single season. Reed has been a direct beneficiary of McVay's work, spending 2013 as a member of his unit during McVay's time as tight ends coach and being a focal point of the offense in 2015, as Reed recorded 87 receptions for 952 yards (both team records for a tight end) with 11 receiving touchdowns (one shy of the team record) in 2015.
Collectively, McVay's 2015 offense recorded Top 10 rankings in third down percentage (43.5, fifth in the NFL), red zone scoring percentage (61.2, eighth), yards per play (5.6, 10th) and points per game (24.3, 10th). The Redskins also led the NFL with a team-record 69.5 completion percentage in 2015, leading the league in the category for the 11th time in team history and the first time since 1970.
In his first season as offensive coordinator in 2014, McVay helped the offense to a Top 10 league ranking in yards per play (5.7) despite starting three different quarterbacks. His work with the three passers was instrumental in setting a team record for completion percentage (66.5 percent, later broken in 2015) and helping facilitate the explosive debut season of wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson averaged a league-best 20.9 yards per reception and became only the fourth player in team history to lead the NFL in that category.
In 2013, McVay played a crucial role in Reed's develop- ment, as the then-rookie compiled 45 receptions for 499 yards – both Redskins' single-season rookie tight end records – despite Reed playing in only nine games. Under McVay's tutelage, Reed joined Chris Cooley (2004) as the only Redskins tight ends named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. In addition, McVay helped tight end Logan Paulsen from an undrafted free agent into a 30-game starter from 2010-13, with Paulsen increasing his reception total each season.
During Washington's NFC East championship season in 2012, McVay's unit was productive despite losing starting tight end Fred Davis to a torn Achilles tendon in Week 7. Davis had led the team in both receptions (24) and receiv- ing yards (325) through seven games before being placed on the Reserve/Injured list. McVay guided a unit that provided reliable receiving options on top of contributing significantly as blockers to the Redskins' league-leading 2,709 rushing yards.
In 2011, McVay played an integral role in Davis' emer- gence, as the then fourth-year tight end surpassed his previous career highs despite playing in only 12 games. Davis caught 59 passes for 796 yards, the second-highest total on the team in both categories. Before missing the final four games of the season, Davis was on pace to set a franchise record in receiving yards by a tight end and was on pace to post the first 1,000-yard receiving season by a tight end in Redskins' history.
McVay served as an offensive assistant to the Redskins in 2010 in addition to working with the tight ends during the final four weeks of the season following coach Jon Embree's departure. The Redskins offense ranked eighth in the NFL in passing yards per game (244.6) and tight end Chris Cooley ranked second among NFL tight ends in receptions (77) and third in receiving yards (849). The offensive unit also set a franchise record for completions in a season (349), and registered a touchdown pass in 15 consecutive games for the first time in team history. The Redskins' offense led the NFL with nine completions of at least 50 yards, including one in four consecutive games for the first time since 1987.
McVay joined the Redskins prior to the 2010 season after an undefeated regular season with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (UFL). The Tuskers finished a perfect 6-0 before losing in the UFL's inaugural champion- ship game. McVay originally entered the National Football League as an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008.
During his time in Tampa Bay, McVay worked closely with wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who recorded career highs in receptions (83), receiving yards (1,248), and touch- downs (seven), en route to winning The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award.
McVay graduated from Miami University (Ohio) where he played wide receiver from 2004-07, earning Miami's Scholar-Athlete Award in 2007. His grandfather, John, served in various roles – including vice president/direc- tor of football operations from 1983-94 – for the San Francisco 49ers from 1979-95, overseeing five Super Bowl championship squads and earning induction into the 49ers Hall of Fame in 2013.