Want to become a head coach in the National Football League before turning 31-years-old? The idea no longer seems far fetched, because it has now been accomplished. SeanMcVay, at the ripe age of 30, has been hired as the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.
Some will denounce the hiring, calling it a mistake and questioning how a 30-year-old can lead a roster of 53 men, many of whom exceedMcVay in age and certainly in size. In fact, McVay's age has caused at least one writer to classify the move as "high-risk" and another to say it is a "risky one." However, it is a true testament to the veracity that anything is possible with hard work and discipline, no matter how large the odds or how impractical the goal.
McVay's leadership qualities ultimately outweighed any negative bias based on his lack of days on Earth.
McVay was not some random guy that the Rams' brass found on the streets and decided to hire as head coach. He most recently served as Washington Redskins offensive coordinator for 3 years, where he was largely responsible for turning a mediocre offense on paper into a formidable force led by Kirk Cousins, a former fourth round pick of the franchise. Washington's 403.4 yards-per-game in 2016 was good forth third best offense in the NFL.
In many ways, McVay's magic with Washington's offense can be compared with Vance Joseph vibrantly turning around a Miami Dolphins defense and directing that team to the playoffs -- which few believed possible at the start of the 2016 NFL season. Joseph was recently hired as the new head coach of the Denver Broncos.
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Importantly, McVay's journey did not begin with being offensive coordinator of the Redskins. He got his start in coaching in 2008 under Jon Gruden with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He thus has just under a decade of experience in the NFL. It is not as though the 30-year-old suddenly appeared on Rams executives' radars.
And McVay is not only benefited by having a strong business acumen and ability to succeed in football. He also received a bit of help from his family, which is common in most walks of life. It certainly did not hurt McVay that he also happens to be the grandson of John McVay, who was a 19-year San Francisco 49ers executive.
Now, McVay moves forward with the Rams on a 5-year contract. As a 31-year-old, I will be watching very closely, rooting for McVay to make the Rams a feared team in the NFL. If McVay the millennial succeeds, then his story can serve as further inspiration to all entrepreneurs who have been told that they are too young to accomplish a particular goal.