Way before Sean McVay was one of the top coaches in the NFL, he was just a young kid trying to climb the coaching ladder. At one point, that led him to look to the old Big East for a job.
In a recent episode of Barstool Sports’ ‘Pardon My Take’ podcast , McVay revealed that he applied for a position on Doug Marrone’s staff at Syracuse back in 2009. The position was for a quality control coach during Marrone’s first season with the Orange.
McVay didn’t get hired, but it sounds like that was more his choice than Marrone’s. Instead of heading to Central New York, he took a job with the UFL’s Florida Tuskers as a quality control and wide receivers coach.
“I said, ‘You know, you actually refused my resume,’ ” McVay said, recounting a recent get-together with Marrone and other coaches. “But in all actuality, I was very close to going and working with him if the United Football League opportunity didn’t present itself.”
The type of role McVay applied for at Syracuse typically doesn’t pay much and is a short-term opportunity, so he wouldn’t have been with the Orange long had he accepted. Still, it would have been cool for Syracuse to add him to its impressive list of head coaches who once paid their dues there.
A decade later, the 33-year-old McVay is coming off a Super Bowl appearance in his second season as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams. Despite the loss to New England on the big stage, McVay’s Rams should once again be considered a top contender in the NFC.
This offseason, a number of NFL teams searching for head coaches tried to find the ‘next Sean McVay’, in some cases hiring anyone they could who had ties to the young offensive savant.