Schlereth: Owners Being Disrespectful To Sean McVay

Hiring coaches who seem similar to Sean McVay might seem like the ultimate compliment. It's not, Mark Schlereth says; in fact, it's the exact opposite

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January 25, 2019 - 1:03 pm

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The NFL went young in its head-coaching search this year, hiring 30-somethings left and right in hopes of catching Sean McVay-like lightning in a bottle.

Mark Schlereth, however, explained why some teams might regret that.

“I think it’s incredibly disrespectful to Sean McVay to think that you’re going to hire somebody who brushed up against Sean McVay while they were having a cup of coffee and that guy is going to be able to coach like Sean McVay coaches,” the NFL on Fox analyst said on The DA Show. “I’ve met with him three times over the last two years doing games, and every time I walk out of that production room, I’m like, ‘Man, I’ve accomplished nothing in my life.’ That’s how dynamic he is.”

McVay turned 33 on Thursday. He is already one of the best coaches in football – and his knowledge of the game is only half the battle.

“I always say to my kids, ‘There’s two types of people: Those who walk into a room and energize it, and those who walk out of a room and energize it,’” Schlereth said. “That dude walks into a room, and he energizes that room. He is an incredible leader. He is an incredible coach at explaining what he wants, why he wants it, having you understand exactly what he’s looking for. His own players describe him as the 54th guy on the roster. That’s how much they love this guy.

“So I think it’s incredibly disrespectful to think, ‘Oh, I’m going to get a young guy that’s brushed up against Sean McVay and he’s going to be Sean McVay,’” Schlereth continued. “There’s only one. I’ve been doing this a long time. I haven’t met guys like that. That guy is a unique cat, and the Rams love playing for him.”

Indeed, McVay’s football IQ is off-the-charts high, but he’s also a great leader, communicator, and motivator. That’s why he was able to inherit a 4-12 team and go 24-8 over the next two seasons. He is the difference between the Rams losing 75 percent of their games and winning 75 percent of their games.

“I think everybody in the league runs the same stuff,” Schlereth said. “I can go on my iPad right now and I’ve got access to all of the coaches’ tape – so exactly what the NFL teams get. I can see everybody, what they ran, how they attacked defenses in that. What used to take you three or four days to figure out, now you can do it in 30 minutes. You can see it all right there. It’s right there for the taking. So to think that somebody has created something unique and that nobody else knows what they’re doing is poppycock. It’s ridiculous.”