Sean McVay breaks silence on retirement rumours after Amazon link

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Sean McVay was offered a monster contract to join Amazon last year (Image: Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
Sean McVay was offered a monster contract to join Amazon last year (Image: Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Seen as one of the more inventive offensive coaches of the past decade, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay has not ruled out the idea of walking away from coaching in the NFL to take up a television job, which he was reportedly offered last year.

The 36-year-old coach was approached by Amazon this past off-season, who offered him a huge deal to join their broadcasting and commentary team.

After initially turning it down, highlighting the want to be around the team that he has been apart of since 2017, some think he could now reverse that decision after the Rams' poor season, suffering a Super Bowl hangover as they go into the last game with a 5-11 record and will miss out on the play-offs, nor will they get their first-round pick after trading it for Matthew Stafford.

Months ago, The Athletic had spoke to executives around the NFL on McVay's future who believe he could now leave this year, with it being reported he was offered a huge five-year deal worth $100million (£83.6m) to join Amazon's Thursday Night Football team, according to the New York Post.

The report stated that McVay was set to meet with Amazon bosses, but decided against it as he wanted to help the Rams defend their Super Bowl title. McVay was on just $8.5m (£7.1m) per year compared to the $20m (£16.75m) Amazon offered him, something which may now look more appealing.

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Speaking to The Athletic, he said: “I haven’t run away from the fact that, down the line or, you know, whenever that is, that’s something I’ve been interested in, But, I want to be here right now, focus on that, and that’s where I'm at.”

Sean McVay breaks silence on retirement rumours after Amazon linkMcVay could coach his last game this weekend amid television links (Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

And one executive thinks that McVay could now join Amazon after all, as they would offer him crazy money after already showing an interest. "I think he goes to Amazon for a bajillion dollars because they wanted him before," an exec said to the Athletic. "It will bring something sexy."

After last year's Super Bowl win, McVay did admit that he strongly considered walking away from coaching to take up the TV gig, but ultimately decided against it.

He said: "But when you really sit down and think about it, the things I love most about coaching, and then the biggest thing I’d say, Bert, it’s the amount of people that would potentially be affected.

"I love coaching. I love working with guys. I love being in the foxhole with the players and coaches. And you can’t mimic and emulate that in a media job."

Charlie Wilson

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