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Sean McVay vs. Matt LaFleur: Inside the battle of NFL’s two most successful young coaches

Sean McVay and Matt LaFleur are two of probably the most profitable coaches within the NFL. Additionally they occur to be two of the youngest.

Their paths cross when the Rams face the Packers at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox. McVay and LaFleur have a training tie that dates again to their time collectively on the Rams’ employees. It’s a testomony to the profitable youth motion amongst NFL coaches.  

Sporting Information takes a better have a look at McVay, LaFleur and a training matchup that could possibly be part of the NFC playoff image for years to return.  

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Who’s the youngest coach within the NFL?  

McVay, 34, is the youngest energetic coach within the NFL. There are 9 coaches within the NFL who’re 42 years previous or youthful. LaFleur, 41, is the sixth-youngest coach within the league as of Jan. 16, 2021. Here’s a nearer have a look at the youngest coaches within the NFL: 

NAME BIRTHDATE AGE
Sean McVay, Rams 1/24/86 34
Zac Taylor, Bengals 5/10/83 37
Kevin Stefanski, Browns 5/8/82 38
Brian Flores, Dolphins  2/24/81 39
Joe Decide, Giants 12/31/81 39
Matt LaFleur, Packers  11/3/79 41
Kyle Shanahan, 49ers  12/14/79 41
Kliff Kingsbury, Cardinals 8/9/79 41
Matt Nagy, Bears 4/24/78 42

Sean McVay’s teaching report  

McVay took over the Rams in 2017. In 4 seasons, he has compiled a 43-21 report within the common season and a 3-2 report within the postseason. Los Angeles has the fifth-best report within the NFL in that stretch behind New Orleans (52-18), Kansas Metropolis (52-18), New England (48-23) and Baltimore (45-22).  

In 2018, McVay led the Rams to a berth in Tremendous Bowl XLIII, the place Los Angeles misplaced 13-3 to New England.  

The Rams missed the playoffs final season, however they completed 10-6 this yr behind the league’s top-ranked protection. Los Angeles beat Seattle 30-20 within the NFC Wild Card spherical. Aaron Donald is a candidate for NFL Defensive Participant of the 12 months honors.  

Matt LaFleur’s teaching report  

LaFleur took over the Packers in 2019. In two seasons, has a 26-6 report within the common season and a 1-1 report within the playoffs. Inexperienced Bay has the second-best report within the NFL in that stretch behind Kansas Metropolis (29-6).  

The Packers made the NFC championship sport final season earlier than shedding 37-20 to the San Francisco 49ers.  

Inexperienced Bay had the most effective report within the NFC this season at 13-3. The Packers are the highest seed within the convention, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a number one candidate for the NFL MVP award.  

LaFleur was an assistant for McVay  

LaFleur served because the offensive coordinator for the Rams underneath McVay in 2017. The Rams completed 10-6 that season earlier than shedding 26-13 to Atlanta within the NFC wild-card spherical.  

The Rams led the NFL with 29.9 factors per sport and completed tenth at 361.5 yards per sport that season. LaFleur left to develop into the offensive coordinator for Tennessee for one season earlier than taking the head-coaching job with Inexperienced Bay.  

Energy-on-strength matchup  

LaFleur and McVay meet head-to-head for the primary time in a strength-on-strength matchup.  

The Packers lead the NFL with 31.8 factors per sport, and Rodgers has benefited from a second yr in LaFleur’s offensive system. Rodgers completed with 4,299 passing yards, 48 TDs and 5 interceptions. Davante Adams added 115 catches for 1,374 yards and 18 TDs.  

The Rams led the NFL with a protection that allowed simply 18.5 factors per sport. Donald had 13.5 sacks this season, and Jalen Ramsey is likely one of the finest cornerbacks within the NFL. McVay mentioned that Jared Goff, who underwent thumb surgical procedure after a loss to Seattle in Week 16, will stay the beginning quarterback.  

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