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Sean McVay on Decision to Return to Rams: 'I Don't Want to Run Away from Adversity'

Adam WellsJanuary 14, 2023

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JANUARY 08: Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams reacts during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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One day after announcing he will return as the Los Angeles Rams' head coach in 2023, Sean McVay talked about his decision.

Speaking to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, McVay explained he wants to confront the adversity the Rams dealt with this season.

"I don't want to run away from adversity. I want to run through it," he said.

Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

In 1st comments since deciding to return to Rams Sean McVay tells me: "I wanted to take some time to really know I could restore and renew the passion and zest I need and after leaning on family and friends and taking time to reflect it became clear to me… (1/2)

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported prior to Week 18 that McVay's immediate future with the Rams was "in limbo" and he would take time after the season to make a decision about returning:

"McVay has gone back and forth on the decision and needs time to get away to process all that has transpired over the past year: winning a Super Bowl, being courted to work in television, getting married, watching his wife's home country of Ukraine invaded, losing his grandfather and then coaching a team that has fallen short of its expectations."

There was speculation after the Rams won the Super Bowl last season that McVay might not return.

Before telling the Rams he would be back for the 2022 campaign, McVay had a meeting scheduled with Amazon about becoming a broadcaster for Thursday Night Football that could have gotten him a five-year, $100 million contract.

Andrew Marchand @AndrewMarchand

McVay says no to TV. He and Amazon were going to meet next week, and Amazon may have gone as high as five years and $100M, according to sources. Rams, obviously, have stepped up with a raise from his reported $8.5M. ... On to the next one .... <a href="https://t.co/lcRtFjtWcr">https://t.co/lcRtFjtWcr</a>

There likely would have been a broadcasting offer waiting for McVay this offseason if he stepped down from coaching.

Following McVay's confirmation that he'll coach next season, the Rams will act quickly to ensure their core group of stars is back. Schefter reported Saturday that Matthew Stafford's option bonus for 2023 and 2024 salary are expected to be picked up by the third day of the new league year in March.

There were also retirement rumors about Stafford throughout the season as he recovered from a spinal cord contusion suffered in Week 11. The 34-year-old announced last month on The Morning After podcast hosted by his wife, Kelly Stafford, he was coming back next season.

The Rams have Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald, Bobby Wagner and Jalen Ramsey under contract for next season. They need to add help and depth around them coming off an injury-plagued 5-12 record in 2022, but the foundation is in place for them to make a quick turnaround.