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INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay celebrates after the game winning touchdown during the NFL game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Rams on December 8, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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With the 2022 NFL regular season in its final weeks, the future of head coach Sean McVay could once again be a major storyline for the Los Angeles Rams.

Jordan Schultz of theScore spoke to an NFL executive who said McVay might hang up the whistle: “I wouldn’t be surprised if Sean went away, at least for a year. He almost did once. … I think he is really tired. It wouldn’t shock me at all if he left.”

Speculation about the 36-year-old started after the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.

The Athletic’s Mike Sando quoted an NFL team executive who heard rumors of McVay’s desire to move to the broadcast booth with Monday Night Football.

A month earlier, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that “several managers have drawn the Jon Gruden comparison to his career path.” The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired Gruden after the 2008 season. Still in his mid-40s at the time, Gruden signed with MNF instead seeking other coaching opportunities, although he eventually returned to the sidelines in 2018.

McVay has previously commented on how he doesn’t envision himself becoming an NFL coach.

In November, The MMQB’s Albert Breer reported on The Rich Eisen Show that McVay may wait until the quartet of Aaron Donald, Cooper Kupp, Jalen Ramsey and Matthew Stafford have left before stepping away from coaching.

The four stars were instrumental in the Rams’ Super Bowl triumph, and heading into the 2022 season, it appeared the franchise still had a wide open championship window. The outlook has changed with Los Angeles sitting at 4-10 and last in the NFC West.

If McVay feels that Los Angeles is already on a downward trajectory, he can up whatever retirement plans he has.

NBC Sports’ Peter King wrote Monday, “I think anyone really paying attention has to have some uncertainty about whether Sean McVay will return to coach the Rams in 2023.”

King also noted how the NFL’s major media partners have already hitched their wagons to notable analysts, so broadcasts may not be the fertile ground for McVay it would have been heading into the 2021 season.

“I’d put my money on McVay being back to coach the Rams out of the mire, but we’ll see,” King concluded.

The fact that the Rams have fallen so short of expectations provides an obvious source of motivation next year for all key people within the organization as well. Giving it at least one more season could be an easy call for McVay.

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