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ESPN reportedly pursued Sean McVay for ‘Monday Night Football’

Rams head coach turned down huge TV opportunity, according to New York Post report

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The morning after LA Rams coach Sean McVay starred on the debut episode of Hard Knocks, the New York Post had a bombshell report saying ESPN talked to him about becoming an analyst on Monday Night Football.

McVay declined and the network ended up going with a team comprising of play-by-play announcer Steve Levy, and analysts Louis Riddick and Brian Griese. The New York Post reported ESPN thinks McVay can be a broadcast star in the way of Jon Gruden, who held the Monday Night Football analyst role for nearly a decade before going to back the Raiders in 2018. Ironically, Gruden is a mentor to McVay.

Turf Show Times reached out to an ESPN spokesman about the New York Post report and he said the network had no comment on it.

It’d be no surprise if ESPN were intereed in McVay. He has all the makings of being a broadcasting superstar. He looks great, he sounds great, he is extremely smart and well spoken. He can break down the game in a relatable way.

But it is also doesn’t surprise me that McVay would turn down the offer. He is only 34 years old and just getting going in his head coaching role. It’s interesting that McVay recently did say he knows the possibility of burning out from coaching is real and that broadcasting could be in the future — but I don’t think he meant this season.

Surely we will see McVay make this transition at some point down the road. But don’t expect it to happen any time soon.

As we saw on Hard Knocks, McVay is still having too much fun in his current job.

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Posted by Hard Knocks on Monday, August 3, 2020