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Los Angeles Rams hire Sean McVay, youngest coach in NFL history

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Alex Butler
Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay. (Los Angeles Rams/Twitter)
Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay. (Los Angeles Rams/Twitter)

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A millennial is now officially in charge of an NFL team.

The Los Angeles Rams named 30-year-old Sean McVay its head coach Thursday. McVay began his NFL coaching career as an offensive assistant in 2008 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After coaching tight ends in 2009 with the Florida Tuskers, he was hired as an offensive assistant with the Washington Redskins. Since being hired there in 2010, he has coached tight ends and served as an offensive coordinator.

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"This is an exciting day for the Los Angeles Rams as we welcome Sean McVay as our new head coach," Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement. "The accomplishments and success that he has rendered in less than a decade in our league are remarkable. I am confident in his vision to make a team a consistent winner and to ultimately bring a Super Bowl title home to Los Angeles."

The Redskins offense ranked No. 3 in yards last season. The Redskins were ranked No. 2 in passing yards in 2016.

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Defensive end William Hayes, 31, is the only current Rams player older than McVay.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that if the Rams hired McVay, he would try to bring on former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

Boom! Sean McVay is the new head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

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The Rams were also considering Anthony Lynn, Mike Vrabel, Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia, Kyle Shanahan, Steve Wilks, Doug Marrone, Vance Joseph, and Harold Goodwin for the job.

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"I think the job is very attractive," Rams C.O.O./E.V.P. of Football Operations Kevin Demoff told the team website last week. "But I think it's going to take the right fit. There are also going to be people who, there are some coaches who may say, 'I want to coach in Los Angeles.' There are some coaches who may say, 'I prefer to be in a smaller market.' I think all of those factors come in. It's individualized for us, and it's individualized for each of the coaching candidates — how they prioritize the way the world works. You may have a coach from a certain area of the country who wants to get back there. I would love, at this point, if all of the coaching candidates were from Southern California and wanted to get back here. But that's not the case."

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McVay interviewed with the Rams last week, before also talking to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.

"But I think as the jobs stack up, I'm sure there are positives and I'm sure there are negatives," Demoff said. "Quite frankly, if you have an opening, there are negatives. That is why you have an opening. The key is, what are the positives to your job? How do people view it? And I think when you look at us, the first thing people look at is ownership. Stan's commitment to Los Angeles, the project that we're doing at Hollywood Park, the fact that he's been a patient owner in all sports. When you look at not only the Rams — I think people point to that — but you look at Arsenal and the run that Arsène Wenger's had, and you look at the Nuggets and the run that George Karl [had] — you have a history of veteran coaches who have had a long time and the people have done that."

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McVay attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio before getting his start from Jon Gruden's Buccaneers. The Rams fired Jeff Fisher with three games remaining in the 2016 season. John Fassel has served as the team's interim coach.

The Rams' new coach is John McVay's grandson. John McVay was a former San Francisco 49ers executive who helped the franchise to five Super Bowl titles.

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