This offseason, the Rams headed by Sean McVay and the Lions pulled off a blockbuster deal that sent quarterback Jared Goff and three draft picks (including two first round picks) for Matthew Stafford.
Goff was the number one overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft for the LA Rams, made two Pro Bowl teams, and lead the Rams to three playoff berths (including one Super Bowl) in the three seasons that Sean McVay was his head coach.
All that said, it really seems like McVay couldn’t stand Goff. McVay has talked up Stafford in ways he never did Goff, despite only working with Stafford for only a few months.
Here are some of McVay’s comments this offseason that may seem like slights to Goff:
“I hate that I even have to say this, but I think I made a comment that was definitely taken out of context. I am very excited. I am in a good mood because of the confidence that I have in this team. But by no means is that a slight to anybody, you know, like Jared, who has done a phenomenal job for the last four years here.”
“Bro, this dude’s(Stafford) a bad MF-er. Whatever people say about him, as good as it can be, he’s even better than advertised. It makes sense to him. The guy’s ability to see the game, his ability to draw on his experiences, the feel that he has, it’s pretty special and unique. And man, his feel for people, his authentic way of connecting with his teammates, his coaches, this guy, it’s great being around him.”
“Yeah, he’s (Goff) the quarterback right now.”
Now am I taking a lot of this out of context? Of course I am. But even if I wasn’t it’s not hard to see that McVay was not pleased with Goff. While Stafford has always been a good quarterback, he has never reached elite status in his 11 seasons in the league. The fact that he is talking up Stafford in ways he never did Goff is very telling to how he felt about his former quarterback.
Goff has even said that Detroit is where he “is supposed to be” and he feels “empowered” there. This may mean that McVay never wanted to relinquish control of the play calling. Or that he thought that Goff didn’t have the mental ability to do so.
Whatever the case, it really seems McVay was ready to move on and was a big influence on the trade.