by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Jay Gruden has begun the process of interviewing candidates for his coaching staff, which he admitted in his introductory press conference that, despite contradictory reports, has not yet been established.

Tight ends coach Sean McVay, one of the holdovers from Mike Shanahan’s staff and someone who was believed to already have been promoted to offensive coordinator, could still be an ideal candidate for the position.

Veteran tight end Logan Paulsen has already gone on record in referring to McVay as a “brilliant football mind.” Now, teammate Niles Paul has some words of his own to describe McVay’s football acumen.

“Me and Logan always mess around and call him like a mad scientist, because he’s always digging up stuff in his head, and trying to figure out ways to get us involved in the offense,” Paul told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan, when asked to explain what McVay brings to the drawing board.

“I give Sean credit for preparing me, Logan, Fred, and even Cooley,” Paul continued, “‘like he had us prepared to play every position on the field. If you couldn’t see up there, there were games when I was the starting fullback, and that was a credit to Sean, because Sean prepared me to know the whole offense. And Logan did the same thing. Logan had a game where he played fullback, and because of Sean we had a grasp of the whole offense, and just knew everything there was to know from each position. So that’s why we were so interchangeable at different positions.”

It would appear that age is but a number, and for McVay, who turns 28 in a few weeks, he has the support of the players he’d ultimately be drawing up plays for as the Redskins offensive coordinator.


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