By Bryan Frantz

WASHINGTON — The Redskins coaching staff for the 2017 season is not yet set in stone, but if offensive coordinator Sean McVay does not return to Washington, it’s because he was hired for a better job, not because he was fired.

It has long been rumored that he’d be a top head coaching candidate this offseason. The hype train really got going in August, when SI’s Andy Benoit called McVay “the NFL’s best head coaching candidate.” At just 30 years old, it was easy to picture the upside for the young coordinator even then, and having helped Kirk Cousins to a statistically huge season that fell just short of 5,000 passing yards, McVay’s stock appears to only be rising.

In late November, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported McVay was expected to interview for “multiple” head coaching positions this offseason.

Then on Monday morning, La Canfora reported McVay will interview with the Los Angeles Rams later this week, a report that was later confirmed by several others.

This story hardly comes as a shock, as at least six teams have head coaching vacancies already — the Rams, Jaguars, Broncos, 49ers, Bills and Chargers — and there are only so many coaching candidates available. There is a chance McVay enters the 2017 season in his current role, but given his impressive record and the dearth of intriguing candidates, it’s probably more likely than not that a team will give him a shot for next season.

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