Meet the Rams' 'stone-cold killer,' 'beast' and prep football legend -- coach Sean McVay

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Men's Authentic Reebok Andrew Hammond Black New Third Jersey - #30 NHL Ottawa Senators Patriots had made their primary intentions with running back LeGarrette Blount clear for the 2017 season by signing free-agent rushers Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead to contracts that have a maximum value of more than $3 million per season, and issuing Blount’s jersey number to undrafted free-agent corenerback D.J. Killings. So while the Patriots kept the door open for Blount’s return by placing the “May 9 free-agent tender” on him, the move was less about ensuring Blount being part of the team’s roster and more about protecting their compensatory draft picks while potentially directing him outside of the AFC. Thus, Blount’s signing with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday essentially helped the Patriots accomplish their primary goals. According to, the Patriots can currently expect fourth- and fifth-round compensatory Adidas Darryl Sittler Authentic Jersey draft picks. After May 9, Blount wouldn’t have counted in the Patriots’ favor with compensatory picks if the team had not place the tender on him. The tender preserved those picks as things currently stand, and could potentially improve them depending on how things unfold this season in the complex compensatory-pick formula. Meanwhile, perhaps just as importantly to the Patriots, Blount is moving outside the AFC where he is less of a threat to them. The Baltimore Ravens would have been a natural fit for him, as Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley pointed out, but they appeared to pull back after the May 9 tender because signing Blount would have affected their compensatory-pick formula negatively. That’s an added bonus for the Patriots. LOS ANGELES -- The genesis of Sean McVay's renowned clairvoyance dates to December 2003, near the goal line of a state quarterfinal game, on third down, his high school team trailing by five with only a couple of minutes remaining. McVay, now the Los Angeles Rams' head coach, was a short, stocky triple-option quarterback for Marist School Adidas Authentic David Savard Youth Jersey in Atlanta, which on this night continued to get stuffed by a powerful Shaw team while trying to punch it in on a power formation they called "Wham." Timeout was called. McVay, who had spent most of that week poring over film of his upcoming opponent, huddled the coaches together. He wanted to call a play the team had never run before -- a naked bootleg off "Wham," which involved McVay faking the handoff, hiding the ball, then rolling out and running with it all by himself, with no blockers in front of him. "He just had this crazy ability to feel out plays," McVay's high school teammate and good friend, Chris Ashkouti, said. "He knew. I mean I’ve never seen anything like it. He walked in the end zone." Fourteen years later, those who knew McVay then still marvel at that play. At the outside defender selling out for a running back without the football. At other defensive players celebrating what they thought was a game-clinching tackle. At a packed stadium rising to its feet as the quarterback turned the corner. At the foresight and courage McVay displayed as a teenager. McVay never played in the NFL and didn't really stand out in college, but he was a Georgia high school football legend. He became the first player in program history to both rush and throw for 1,000 yards in back-to-back years. He led his team to a state championship during his senior year in 2003, playing most of the title game's second half with a broken foot. After it was over, McVay beat out former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, a Hall of Famer in waiting, for Georgia 4A Offensive Player of the Year, an obscure piece of trivia many will chuckle at today. McVay calls it "more of a team award than anything else, because there's no doubt about it when you were just looking at the recruit. He was a five-star receiver, he was special, and I was not of his caliber." Todd Holcomb, an editor at Georgia High School Football Daily who has covered high school sports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2001, said McVay "might've been the most valuable all-around football player in a very strong football state" in 2003. "There were much better college prospects," Holcomb wrote in an email, "but nobody had a greater impact on a high school football game than he did." McVay didn't have the strongest arm, but he was quick and explosive, and he was tougher and smarter than everybody on the field. Longtime Marist coach Alan Chadwick remembers a particular designed run where McVay's responsibility was to read the 3-technique and decide where to go with the football. He pulled it, got into the B-gap and exploded through the hole "like he had been shot out of a cannon," then ran nearly untouched for 60 yards.

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