Rams coach Sean McVay has decided to return to Los Angeles next year despite inquiries from networks to become a game analyst, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Rumors swirled around Super Bowl LVI that McVay was considering retirement if the Rams won a championship, which they ultimately did. At the time, McVay said how he had grown to understand that the grind of being a coach is exhausting.
“I love this so much that it's such a passion, but I also know that what I've seen from some of my closest friends, whether it’s coaches or even some of our players,” McVay told ESPN’s Nick Wagoner. “I’m gonna be married this summer. I want to have a family, and I think being able to find that balance but also be able to give the time necessary. I have always had a dream about being able to be a father, and I can't predict the future, you know? I jokingly say that.”
That didn’t stop TV networks from continuing their pursuit of McVay for a color commentator role. Amazon reportedly offered McVay a five-year, $100 million deal to join their new Thursday Night Football package, per Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.
FOX also joined the McVay pursuit when Troy Aikman left the network for ESPN.
For now, McVay will attempt to repeat with Los Angeles, while FOX has reportedly shifted its focus to Sean Payton as a potential replacement for Aikman.
According to Marchand, Amazon also talked with Aikman and 49ers GM John Lynch for this position, both of whom declined. Networks will also reportedly look into the possibility of hiring recently retired quarterback Tom Brady as an analyst.
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