LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Rams are serious in their pursuit of 30-year-old offensive coordinator Sean McVay.
McVay was called in for a second interview with the Rams on Wednesday, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. McVay, who turns 31 on Jan. 24, would be the youngest head coach in NFL history if he gets the job. The Redskins' offensive coordinator has already been credited with the ascension of quarterback Kirk Cousins and reportedly wowed the Rams in an initial meeting last week.
If McVay becomes a head coach this coming season, his top choice for defensive coordinator would be Wade Phillips, a longtime NFL head coach who most recently oversaw a Super Bowl-winning defense in Denver, according to Schefter. The pairing would be very enticing to the Rams, who recently saw their defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, take a job with the Browns. It would also be crucial for McVay to surround himself with experienced coaches in his first NFL job.
The Rams are expected to seek follow-up interviews with a handful of candidates, but that can change if they're set on McVay. This week, they could also interview Teryl Austin, Mike Vrabel and Kyle Shanahan for the first time. Shanahan, the highly coveted Falcons offensive coordinator, was supposed to be interviewed this past weekend, but Rams officials were held up in Boston due to inclement weather.
The offseason began with six head-coaching vacancies, but the Jaguars filled theirs by hiring interim coach Doug Marrone for the full-time role on Monday. On Tuesday, the Broncos hired former Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and the Bills hired former Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. That leaves the Rams, Chargers and 49ers, with all the coveted offensive-minded coaches -- including Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels -- still on the board.
McVay -- grandson of former 49ers general manager John McVay -- has packed a lot of NFL experience into a short amount of time and has quickly become a hot commodity. He began as assistant wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008, while Kevin Demoff, the Rams COO who is leading the head coaching search, worked in the front office. McVay then coached receivers in the now-defunct United Football League in 2009 and joined the Redskins in 2010, progressing from assistant tight ends coach to offensive coordinator. In his three years as offensive coordinator, the Redskins gained the fifth-most yards in the NFL.
The Rams have interviewed at least seven candidates for head coach, a spot that became vacant once Jeff Fisher was fired on Dec. 12.