Sean McVay named 2017 NFL Coach of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America

Sean McVay has the Rams on the up and up.

And the rookie coach is getting some accolades, too.

The Rams first-year coach was selected as the 2017 NFL Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America, the organization announced on Thursday.

The Rams went 11-5, won the NFC West and advanced to the playoffs, all in McVay’s debut season.

Los Angeles led league in scoring during the 2017 season, averaging 29.9 points per game after totaling 14.0 points per game the season prior. Defensively, the Rams ranked fifth in the NFL in takeaways with 28, which was 10 more than the team recorded in 2016.

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In team history, McVay is only the third head coach to earn the distinction of Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America. Dick Vermeil won the award in 1999 after leading the Rams to a 13-3 regular season record and the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship. Chuck Knox became the first Rams head coach to earn the honor in 1973 after leading the Rams to a 12-2 record and a division title.