Who Is The Youngest Coach In The NFL

There have been 466 head coaches in the history of the NFL, but we’re going to talk about its youngest. When Sean McVay was hired as the head coach for the Rams in 2017, it raised many eyebrows. The decision caught many off guard, mainly because McVay was just 30. But, the boom-or-bust decision by the front office paid off. McVay has become somewhat of a sensation in the coaching department, guiding the Rams to an impressive Super Bowl win and appearances in four playoffs.

Early Days

Sean McVay was born to Tim and Cindy McVay in Dayton, Ohio. His father, Tim, played football as a defensive back at Indiana University. The family lived in Dayton until Sean was six years old. McVay attended Marist School in Brookhaven, Georgia, where he played for the War Eagles football team and graduated in 2004.

Professional Career

Although McVay's coaching future has been a topic of discussion for the past two years, the 37-year-old coach has recently made a long-term commitment to the sport. The Rams faced numerous injuries throughout their roster and struggled to finish the season, eliminating them from postseason contention earlier than any reigning champion since 1999.

After the 2022 season, McVay announced that he would be taking some time to evaluate his future, marking the second offseason in a row that he went through this process. There was speculation that he might leave coaching for a broadcasting position or due to burnout from his rapid ascent as a young head coach, followed by a sharp decline this past year. However, McVay ultimately rediscovered his passion for coaching and decided not to leave his team behind.

In the 2021 season, McVay led the Rams to their fifth consecutive winning season, the longest streak since the team posted four consecutive winning seasons from 1983-1986. McVay's leadership culminated in a Super Bowl LVI victory in the Rams' home stadium.

That victory also marked another milestone since McVay was just 36 at the time, making him the youngest to lift up the Super Bowl trophy. The Rams have won 62 games under McVay (including playoffs), second only to the Chiefs since 2017. He is also the second-fastest coach in franchise history to reach the 50-win mark.

He has won 70% of his first 50 games, the sixth-best winning percentage among coaches with at least 50 games.

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