The sun was shining bright in Newport Beach as Rams E.V.P. of Football Operations Kevin Demoff, general manager Les Snead, and head coach Sean McVay all sat down for a joint press conference.
“Get a tan and an interview? Nice,” McVay joked.
But aside from the weather, as Demoff said, Friday represented a “really good day for the organization.”
McVay and Snead both inked extensions, keeping them under contract with the club through the 2023 season.
“I think what [Rams owner/chairman] Stan [Kroenke] said in his quote about why these extensions happened is correct — it’s about the culture, the leadership, what they’ve built for this organization,” Demoff said. “The wins are fantastic — obviously the two division titles and the success we’ve had the past few years. But that alone wouldn’t have merited such a commitment.
“I think it’s their partnership, how they relate to each other, how they relate to the players, the way that they lead this franchise in the Los Angeles community. And for our future going into Hollywood Park, there couldn’t be anything more exciting than having the two of them there to open that building for many years to come.”
“It’s a blessing, but it’s also a reflection of everybody’s work together,” McVay said. “To be able to work with these guys, with the organization, our players, our coaches — you’re not going to work any harder, but it makes you want to work to make them right on the decision to place a lot of faith in us as a coaching staff. And certainly we’re excited to just roll our sleeves up and get to work.”
“I think, basically, our extension represents continuity,” Snead said. “And I think the best payout, or most useful dividend that continuity brings is, ultimately, we get to keep the right people — as Sean said — around. And we were able to have them in the right places to let them go dominate their roles, and help us continuously improve, and that’s where we’re at today.”
Since Snead and McVay have been at the helm together, Los Angeles has gone 24-8 in the regular season, with back-to-back NFC West division titles and a conference championship. Snead and McVay have shown a penchant for being able to work together since McVay arrived in January 2017, and that professional chemistry has translated to on-field success.
But as Snead mentioned, among the many benefits of having the head coach and GM locked up through the 2023 season is the continuity that comes with it throughout the rest of the staff. And one way that affects the team’s decision-making process is during the draft, as McVay explained on Friday.
“[W]hen you’ve got the right kind of guys in place and then you can have a vision for the types of players and people that you want to onboard, it helps you be a little bit more strategic in how he and his group go about putting together the players that we want to identify to bring in and help try to improve from last season’s team,” McVay said. “And we’ve got to earn it every single day, but I think with the players, with the coaches, with the people in our building, we certainly feel like if we keep attacking it the right way, we’ll give ourselves a chance to improve.”
Players begin to arrive for Rams Camp.
The extensions for Snead and McVay were certainly an important order of business. But now there’s one looming that the Rams will likely have to field questions on until it happens — and that’ for quarterback Jared Goff.
The signal-caller himself essentially brushed aside any concerns about timing when he checked in for camp on Wednesday. And Snead set out what nearly everyone already knew in about the simplest terms possible on Friday.
“It’s not a matter of if,” Snead said, “it’s just when.”
“All of us here — especially Jared, right? — you know that there’s a 2019 journey and climb that is the focal point, or the big rock, the main thing that we’re all concerned about. And some of the personal, individual parts — the ‘mes’ of the ‘we’ — become secondary. But not a matter of if — just when.”
Really, after the last two seasons, that’s what anyone could’ve said about McVay and Snead. And as the head coach and GM continue their partnership, there’s plenty of reason to feel optimistic about the Rams for years to come.
Take a look back at the best photos from the Rams 2018 Training Camp in Irvine.