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Why the Sean McVay NFL coaching tree looks like it will grow even bigger in 2022

Raheem Morris, Kevin O’Connell, and Thomas Brown are all pegged for head coaching interviews

Los Angeles Rams v Denver Broncos Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

There are eight teams left alive in the NFL playoffs and while one of those teams is coached by Sean McVay, two others are coached by former Sean McVay assistants: Matt LaFleur’s Packers will host the San Francisco 49ers next weekend, while Zac Taylor’s Bengals are on the road against the Tennessee Titans.

How many more NFL playoff teams could feature a former Sean McVay disciple next year?

So far, three LA Rams assistant coaches have been tabbed for head coaching interviews around the league this month. Raheem Morris will be interviewed by the Minnesota Vikings, at least.

The Vikings would also like to speak to Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell about the job. O’Connell has also been connected to the Denver Broncos.

And the Miami Dolphins have a request to interview Rams assistant head coach Thomas Brown.

If either of Morris and/or Brown are hired to become a head coach this year, the Rams will also receive third round compensatory picks in both 2023 and 2024 because of the NFL’s new policies on developing/hiring minority candidates; Los Angeles received third round compensatory picks in 2022 and 2023 because of the Detroit Lions hiring Brad Holmes to be the GM last year.

Though many Rams fans expressed concern at the idea of Raheem Morris as defensive coordinator at different points throughout the year, LA has allowed just 120 points over their last seven contests, an average 17.1 points per game. The Buffalo Bills led the NFL with 17.0 points per game allowed in 2021.

Whether you think it’s fair to strongly connect LaFleur and Taylor (or Brandon Staley for that matter) and their success to a short period of time spent with McVay is besides the point. It’s clear that NFL teams are happy to connect McVay to their successes and they’ll continue to dip into that well for the foreseeable future.