INDIANAPOLIS — If you've ever seen head coach Sean McVay interact with the media or Rams players, it's pretty clear he's a personable guy.
That apparently extends to the 15-minute prospect interviews at the NFL Combine — at least according to incoming edge rusher Jachai Polite out of Florida.
Check out photos of Los Angeles Rams players at the NFL Combine through the years. (Credit: Associated Press)
"I really like the Rams that's my favorite. I'm not going to lie. They were so nice. Sean McVay is too cool," Polite told reporters this week, via thefootballgirl.com. "I don't know how old he is. He looks like my uncle but he's too cool."
Informed of Polite's comments on Sunday morning — specifically the uncle comment — McVay chuckled and said, "OK, nice. I didn't know that."
Really, McVay said, those interviews are all about creating a comfortable environment so that the coaches and those in personnel can get to know something about the person that you can't see from game tape.
"Obviously, if there's some things that you need to ask them about based on what's happened — if there was some adversity, you want to hear a little bit about that," McVay told therams.com on Sunday. "But most importantly, I think you want to be able to get their football acumen and try to create an atmosphere that's comfortable for them. The idea isn't to try to make these guys feel uncomfortable — because that's not what we want to do in our building on a daily basis. We want to connect with these guys.
"We want to have a clear, open, and honest communication like you hear us talk about all the time," McVay continued. "And I think that's the type of environment we want to create when they come in for that 15[-minute interview]. We want the guys feeling comfortable, and we want a chance to really see who they are when they drop their guard."
While he's only one of these incoming rookies, Polite's assessment of his interview with the Rams makes it seems like McVay and the rest of Los Angeles' staff is pretty successful in that endeavor.