Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay may not be the belle of the ball during this year’s coaching hiring season (that would be the onetime wunderkind who’s still a wunderkind but now an older, wiser, gentler wunderkind named Josh McDaniels), but he’s certainly at the dance, ready to waltz. With an interview already lined up in Los Angeles and possibly with San Francisco and other teams next, it’s time to get to know the 30-year-old (he’ll be 31 later this month) who helped (maybe) make Kirk Cousins a $20 million man.If you listened to 49ers owner and CEO Jed York’s press conference Monday, you may have notice that he noted the exemplary working relationship between legendary San Francisco coach Bill Walsh and John McVay. Sean McVay is the grandson of John McVay, the longtime 49ers general manger, and is a football lifer — even if that life is half the amount of years some of his coaching cohorts have under their belts.A college wide receiver and kick returner at Miami of Ohio, he had chops as a player but immediately went into the coaching world post-graduation. He took the unorthodox route, too. McVay started off as a junior guy on Jon Gruden’s staff in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers and then went with Jon’s little brother Jay to the Florida Tuskers of the short-lived United Football League as a wide receivers coach. From there, he moved to D.C., where he was the assistant tight ends coach under Mike and Kyle Shanahan. Gruden got the head coaching gig in Washington and elevated McVay to run the tight ends group — a unit that included vocal veteran and team leader Chris Cooley — and he was quickly promoted to offensive coordinator, and ultimately the play-caller, for one of the league’s most dynamic offenses. That’s a lot of coaching, coaching influences, and experience in eight years. The resume is there.But the dude is 30.THIRTY!The age thing could be a roadblock this year between McVay a coveted head-coaching gig. Hell, he knows that. But the veteran leaders of his team seem to respect and listen to him. They see him as a coach; like they would someone in their 40s or 50s. Our crew on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” had Redskins tight end Vernon Davis — 35 years old and no stranger to coaches both young and old — on the show as a guest and he raved about his OC. Same with Washington wideout Pierre Garcon. Same with Bill Callahan, the former NFL head coach and now the man running the offensive line in Washington. The buzz around the league is that he’s Gruden Part II. Not Jay, but Jon. Young, hungry and a tireless football guy. 4 a.m. in the office game planning, watching tape, concocting plays at all hours of the night, all about ball — that whole deal.But even Jon Gruden wasn’t 30 when the Raiders hired him as a head coach. McVay is four years younger than Gruden was when first handed the keys to a franchise.At age 31 years and 8 months, Lane Kiffin was the youngest head coach ever hired by an NFL franchise. And that ended horribly in Oakland. The aforementioned McDaniels was 32 when he was hired by the Broncos in 2009, and that didn’t end much better.But Gruden was successful. Jon Madden was only 32 when Al Davis gave him a shot, and that worked out well, too. Mike Tomlin and Bill Cowher were just 34 when they got hired in Pittsburgh.The influences of Walsh and Jon Gruden are real, but so are those of his grandfather, Callahan, John Wooden (McVay often preaches the tenets of the Pyramid of Success) and Vince Lombardi (based on our many FOX production meetings, he is a football history junky).Is 30 too young to be an NFL head coach? Maybe. Then again, Dick LeBeau is running an NFL defense at age 79. Perhaps in this profession, age really is just a number. Can you coach? Do players respect you? It seems that, not your years on this Earth, should matter most.One team already has requested to meet with McVay for a head coaching interview. More, including the 49ers, could follow. I’ve covered this league for a long time. With power agents and coaching trees and years of jumping through hoops, getting in the room — not teaching the sluggo seam route or devising a defensive scheme — is the hardest part of landing a head coaching gig.Once McVay is there and on site in these buildings this week, it’ll be on him to convince those teams’ owners, general managers and presidents that he is, in fact, the guy to be their next head coach.All 30 years of him.
Chief Justice Francis Korkpor (left) and Judge Peter Gbeneweleh, Assigned Judge of Criminal Court ‘C’Chief Justice Korkpor to decideThe likelihood of assigned Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ presiding over the alleged missing US$835,367.72 and L$2,645,000,000 involving Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) current and past senior officials squarely rests with Chief Justice Francis Korkpor as to whether he will agree to reassign Gbeneweleh to that court to continue with the second reading of a mandate of Chamber Justice Joseph Nagbe.Justice Nagbe had issued a mandate to Judge Gbeneweleh after the prosecution had accused the judge of taking sides in the proceeding, and wanted the Justice-in-Chamber to end his legal authority in the trial of the case, which mandate Gbeneweleh is yet to read in open court due to the expiration of his quarterly session.Judge Gbeneweleh had earlier denied the government lawyers’ (prosecution) request to set aside the bail bond filed to release the defendants and to have them (defendants) rearrested and subsequently detained at the Monrovia Central Prison until a new bond could be secured.Milton A. Weeks, former executive governor of the CBL, filed a property evaluation bond in the amount of US$909,319.88 to secure his release from pre-trial detention.Accident and Casualty Insurance Company (ACICO) secured the bond for Charles E. Sirleaf, deputy governor, in the amount of US$60,000. The company also secured a US$60,000 bond for Richard Walker, director for operations, Joseph Dennis, deputy director for internal audit and Dorbor Hagba, director finance.The Grand Jury of Montserrado County indicted the men for multiple crimes, including economic sabotage and misappropriation of public funds following the released reports of two separate investigations into the missing L$16 billion.It is now in the purview of Chief Justice Korkpor to see if he will allow Gbeneweleh to continue with the reading of the mandate, even though the Judiciary Law Title 17, Liberian Code of Laws Revised TITLE 17, gave the Chief Justice power to assign judges on a rotational basis.The Judiciary Law Title 17, Liberian Code of Laws Revised TITLE 17, Section 3.9, entitled: ‘Assignment of Judges to Circuits’, provides that “each Circuit Judge, except the judges commissioned as relieving judges, shall preside as resident judge over the Circuit Court of the circuit for which he was appointed.”It continues, “The Chief Justice shall assign, on a rotating system, a Circuit Judge to each quarterly session of the various circuits and if all business before a circuit court is disposed of before the expiration of a quarterly session, the Chief Justice shall have the power to reassign the Circuit Judge assigned thereto, to sit for the remaining time of the quarterly session in any other circuit in addition to the Circuit Judge currently assigned there, if he deems such reassignment will aid the prompt disposition of judicial business.”And though “all business before the circuit court”, including this case, has not been disposed of, the Title 17 law suggests that the Chief Justice could reassign another Circuit Judge to Criminal Court ‘C’ if he gets the impression that Judge Gbeneweleh has too full a plate to dispose of all the business before his court.However, Judge Gbeneweleh’s 42 days assignment as judge of the Criminal Court ‘C’ has expired, meaning that he cannot read the mandate unless the Chief Justice Korkpor reassigns him to that court.Judge Gbenewwleh took over the court during the May 2019 Term.Similar complaint was filed before Justice Nagbe against Judge Gbeneweleh, but the complaint was denied shortly after Gbeneweleh and the prosecution presented their case before the justice in chamber.Justice Nagbe’s decision came at the time when Judge Gbeneweleh had not made any judgment as to whether or not, he should accept the bond secured to release all the defendants from the Monrovia Central Prison when the prosecution ran to the justice to prevent Gbeneweleh from further proceedings with the matter.In his challenged ruling, Judge Gbeneweleh said, “this court cannot legally proceed contrary to the provision of the specific statute.”He continued, “We observed that the total amount of bail bond proffered by the defendants is US$1,149,319.88, which is far and beyond US$13,000 required by Section 13.2 of our criminal procedure law,” Gbeneweleh ruled. He added, “The bail bond proffered by the defendants is sufficient and adequate to release them from pre-trial detention, and also secure and or guarantee their reappearance before the court when required.”Judge Gbeneweleh said that the sureties of the defendants are also legally qualified to secure the day to day appearance of the defendants before the court.When he accepted the defendants’ sureties, the judge said, “The surety filed by the defendants is hereby granted and the exception filed by the prosecution challenging their bail bond is denied.”The CBL executives were arrested following the release of USAID-backed Kroll report, and the report by the Special Presidential Investigation Team (PIT), which uncovered wide-range of discrepancies in the printing of new Liberia banknotes worth billions of LRD, and the controversial disbursement of US$25 million intended to be infused into the economy to curb the rising exchange rate between the Liberian and US dollars.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)