On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT Redskins Saturday Catch the latest news from Redskins Park every Saturday from 10am-12noon exclusively on ESPN 980 and the ESPN 980 App!  Download it now, FREE for iPhone and Android!

Coaches

Sean McVay
Offensive Coordinator
College:
Miami University (Ohio)
Experience:
8

Sean McVay enters his third season as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator in 2016 after initially being promoted to the position on January 15, 2014. Prior to his promotion during the 2014 offseason, McVay spent three seasons as the team’s tight ends coach (2011-13) and one as an offensive assistant (2010).

McVay’s group posted a breakout campaign in his second year as Offensive Coordinator in 2015, including record-setting performances by quarterback Kirk Cousins and tight end Jordan Reed. McVay’s scheme and tutelage helped Cousins break Redskins records for attempts (543), completions (379), passing yards (4,166) and 300-yard passing games (seven) in a single season. Reed has been a direct beneficiary of McVay’s work, spending 2013 as a member of his unit during McVay’s time as tight ends coach and being a focal point of the offense in 2015, as Reed recorded 87 receptions for 952 yards (both team records for a tight end) with 11 receiving touchdowns (one shy of the team record) in 2015.

Sean McVay enters his third season as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator in 2016 after initially being promoted to the position on January 15, 2014. Prior to his promotion during the 2014 offseason, McVay spent three seasons as the team’s tight ends coach (2011-13) and one as an offensive assistant (2010).

McVay’s group posted a breakout campaign in his second year as Offensive Coordinator in 2015, including record-setting performances by quarterback Kirk Cousins and tight end Jordan Reed. McVay’s scheme and tutelage helped Cousins break Redskins records for attempts (543), completions (379), passing yards (4,166) and 300-yard passing games (seven) in a single season. Reed has been a direct beneficiary of McVay’s work, spending 2013 as a member of his unit during McVay’s time as tight ends coach and being a focal point of the offense in 2015, as Reed recorded 87 receptions for 952 yards (both team records for a tight end) with 11 receiving touchdowns (one shy of the team record) in 2015.

Collectively, McVay’s 2015 offense recorded Top 10 rankings in third down percentage (43.5, fifth in the NFL), red zone scoring percentage (61.2, eighth), yards per play (5.6, 10th) and points per game (24.3, 10th). The Redskins also led the NFL with a team-record 69.5 completion percentage in 2015, leading the league in the category for the 11th time in team history and the first time since 1970.

In his first season as Offensive Coordinator in 2014, Mc- Vay helped the offense to a Top 10 league ranking in yards per play (5.7) despite starting three different quarterbacks. His work with the three passers was instrumental in setting a team record for completion percentage (66.5 percent, later broken in 2015) and helping facilitate the explosive debut season of wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson averaged a league-best 20.9 yards per reception and became only the fourth player in team history to lead the NFL in that category.

In 2013, McVay played a crucial role in Reed’s development, as the then-rookie compiled 45 receptions for 499 yards – both Redskins’ single-season rookie tight end records – despite Reed playing in only nine games. Under Mc- Vay’s tutelage, Reed joined Chris Cooley (2004) as the only Redskins tight ends named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. In addition, McVay helped tight end Logan Paulsen from an undrafted free agent into a 30-game starter from 2010-13, with Paulsen increasing his reception totals each season.

During Washington’s NFC East championship season in 2012, McVay’s unit produced despite losing starting tight end Fred Davis to a torn Achilles tendon in Week 7. Davis had led the team in both receptions (24) and receiving yards (325) through seven games before being placed on the Reserve/Injured list. McVay guided a unit that provided reliable receiving options on top of contributing significantly as blockers to the Redskins’ league-leading 2,709 rushing yards.

In 2011, McVay played an integral role in Davis’ emergence, as the then fourth-year tight end surpassed his previous career highs despite playing in only 12 games. Davis caught 59 passes for 796 yards, the second-highest total on the team in both categories. Before missing the final four games of the season, Davis was on pace to set a franchise record in receiving yards by a tight end and was on pace to post the first 1,000-yard receiving season by a tight end in Redskins history.

McVay served as an offensive assistant to the Redskins in 2010 in addition to working with the tight ends during the final four weeks of the season following coach Jon Embree’s departure. The Redskins offense ranked eighth in the NFL in passing yards per game (244.6) and tight end Chris Cooley ranked second among NFL tight ends in receptions (77) and third in receiving yards (849). The offensive unit also set a franchise record for completions in a season (349), and registered a touchdown pass in 15 consecutive games for the first time in team history. The Redskins’ offense led the NFL with nine completions of at least 50 yards, including one in four consecutive games for the first time since 1987.

McVay joined the Redskins prior to the 2010 season after an undefeated regular season with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League (UFL). The Tuskers finished a perfect 6-0 before losing in the UFL’s inaugural championship game. McVay served as the Tuskers’ tight ends coach in addition to working closely with the team’s running backs. McVay originally entered the National Football League as an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008.

During his time in Tampa Bay, McVay worked closely with wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who recorded career highs in receptions (83), receiving yards (1,248), and touchdowns (seven), en route to winning The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award.

McVay graduated from Miami University (Ohio) where he played wide receiver from 2004-07, earning Miami’s Scholar- Athlete Award in 2007. His grandfather, John, served in various roles – including vice president/director of football operations from 1983-94 – for the San Francisco 49ers from 1979-95, overseeing five Super Bowl championship squads and earning induction into the 49ers Hall of Fame in 2013.

MCVAY FOOTBALL HISTORY

2004-07: Wide Receiver, Miami University

2008: Coaching Assistant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2009: Tight Ends Coach, Florida Tuskers (UFL)

2010: Offensive Assistant, Washington Redskins

2011-13: Tight Ends Coach, Washington Redskins

2014-Present: Offensive Coordinator, Washington Redskins

Related Articles

Related Videos