Rams extend head coach McVay and general manager Snead through 2026

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead have agreed to extend contracts through the 2026 season, keeping the champions’ brains confident in Super Bowl title with lucrative new deals.

The Rams announced the extensions Thursday, hours before opening the NFL’s 103rd season by hosting the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium.

McVay finalized his new contract several weeks ago, but the Rams waited to officially announce the extensions until Snead’s new contract also ended. Los Angeles hasn’t announced the financial terms of the deals, but the two are expected to make them one of the highest-paid people in their jobs.

“They have been crucial to many of our successes that transcend wins and losses,” Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement. “They embody the ‘We Not Me’ mantra that pervades the entire organization. Their extensions are well deserved. We look forward to many more exciting seasons at SoFi Stadium as Sean and Les continue to play meaningful roles within the team. organization and throughout the community.”

The Rams have been enjoying a renaissance since Snead hired McVay in 2017 as the youngest Super Bowl-era head coach. Los Angeles has had five winning seasons, four playoff berths, three NFC West titles, two Super Bowl appearances and a league title over the ensuing half-decade, going 55-26 with seven wins in the playoffs.

McVay, 36, is still the youngest head coach in the NFL, and he became the youngest to win the Super Bowl last February when the Rams rallied against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Rams’ SoFi Stadium. He has the sixth best winning percentage in NFL history among coaches with at least 50 games experience.

Snead, 51, has been in charge of the Rams’ front office since being hired by Kroenke in St. Louis in February 2012. In addition to drafting Aaron Donald and Cooper Kupp, Snead has built a reputation as a roster builder aggressive who didn’t shy away from taking costly steps to improve the team, though his Rams didn’t end the franchise’s 12-year playoff drought until they paired sense acute from Snead’s staff to McVay’s coaching abilities.

With Snead in charge, the Rams traded to pick Jared Goff with the first overall pick in their first draft after returning to Los Angeles in 2016. The Rams haven’t made a first-round pick since then, with Snead at many times. draft picks to acquire talents that can help his team win now.

Under Snead’s leadership over the past five seasons, the Rams have sacrificed assets to land veterans ranging from wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Brandin Cooks to All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey and point carrier Von Miller. Los Angeles still doesn’t have a first-round pick until 2024 after trading this year’s pick and next year’s pick — along with Goff — in the package to land quarterback Matthew Stafford, who quickly led the way. Rams to the title.

Snead is also used to signing his good players to lucrative contract extensions – then trading or releasing them before those extensions even kick in, as he did with running back Goff. Todd Gurley and receiver Robert Woods in recent years.

Stafford, All-Pro Aaron Donald and right tackle Rob Havenstein are among the veterans who agreed to major contract extensions and restructured deals with the Rams this year.

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