Sean McVay

After news broke Wednesday night that Fox NFL analyst Troy Aikman was in deep negotiations with ESPN to be their new Monday Night Football analyst, it sent shockwaves across the NFL world and opened up a whole slew of questions about what happens next.

The biggest questions involved who might replace Aikman at Fox as well as how this would affect Amazon, who had been trying to hire Aikman as well for their new TNF booth. A whole bunch of other names got bandied about, including Greg Olsen, John Lynch, Drew Brees, and Sean Payton.

One of the more interesting names that had been put out there was Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay. McVay made waves before the Super Bowl when he implied that it might be possible he’d retire from coaching and make a move to television. The 36-year-old with a seemingly encyclopedic memory of play calls has been on the radar of networks for some time. When the Rams won the Super Bowl, interest in McVay only got louder, but his fiance seemed to close the door on his retirement plans last week.

However, that didn’t stop reports and rumors circulating this week regarding a potential move to the booth with Andrew Marchand saying Amazon would go all-out to hire him away. Still, the possibility seemed unlikely given that McVay is just 36, has two Super Bowl appearances under his belt, and is set up to be a head coach in the NFL for decades to come if he wants it.

And that appears to be the case, at least for now. Adam Schefter reported Friday that McVay told ESPN “he is not pursuing any television opportunities and he is committed to helping the Rams defend their Super Bowl title.”

The news was met with a lot of “yeah, no duh” reactions from NFL folks who didn’t ever think McVay would leave his cushy position. But there were plenty more reactions from around the NFL world as well, including those who think this flirtation was part of an attempt to get more money.

If you’re looking for McVay, you’ll find him on the Rams’ sideline for the foreseeable future.

[Adam Schefter, AA]

About Sean Keeley

Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle. Send tips/comments/complaints to