Having worked with McVay for the past four seasons – the first as an offensive assistant and the past three as tight ends coach – many players believe that the 27-year-old McVay will flourish in his new role.
“Sean is a genius, really,” tight end Niles Paul said of McVay, a former wide receiver at Miami of Ohio, who broke into the league as an offensive assistant in 2008, and then followed Jay Gruden to the Florida Tuskers as a wide receivers coach/quality control assistant in 2009, and then joined Washington’s staff.
“He puts in work with you and helps you understand your job, and the offense as a whole,” Paul said. “He’s why I was able to make the transition from wide receiver to tight end. He understands the whole offense, and he helps his players understand it, too. That’s why all of us tight ends were able to play tight end, fullback and wide receiver.”
Teammates expressed similar sentiments via text message.
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Under Kyle Shanahan, some of McVay’s duties also included helping plan third-down packages, and explaining those plays to players in meetings.
It remains unclear how play-calling duties will be divided, but if that responsibility falls upon McVay, Paul believes that his former position coach will do well.
“He has a great football mind. Like I said, he’s a genius, really,” Paul said. “He does a great job of thinking up plays just off the top of his head. He won’t have a problem calling plays.”
● At 4 p.m., an At the Podium, with collected tweets and reaction from Jay Gruden’s introduction.
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