Sean McVay is the fourth head coach to interview with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.
The club confirmed a Monday conversation with Washington’s offensive coordinator.
McVay joins a growing list of impressive candidates: Buffalo Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn, Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and New England Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels.
Washington’s third-year coordinator has played a key role in the development of quarterback Kirk Cousins. The five-year veteran has thrown 54 touchdown passes over the past two seasons playing under McVay.
Under McVay’s watch in 2016, Washington’s offense finished second in passing yards per game (297.4) and 12th in points per game (24.8). Three members of the offense were elected to the 2017 Pro Bowl: guard Brandon Scherff, tight end Jordan Reed and left tackle Trent Williams.
Beyond his success in the NFC East, McVay has unique ties to San Francisco’s organization.
Andy Benoit of MMQB.com noted the connection McVay has with the 49ers in a piece that ran on Aug. 2, 2016:
“McVay wasn’t born until four years after the ’81 Niners’ Super Bowl run, but he has a special connection to the team: His grandfather, John McVay, was its VP/Director of Football Operations. That year produced the first of John’s astounding five Super Bowl rings during his 20 years heading San Francisco’s front office."
McVay, 30, would be the youngest head coach in NFL history if hired. He’s currently the youngest coordinator in the league. McVay, however, has eight years of NFL experience. He began as an assistant wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008. He became an offensive assistant with Washington in 2010 and was promoted to tight ends coach the following season for a three-year stint as a position coach. Washington head coach Jay Gruden promoted McVay to offensive coordinator in 2014.