Los Angeles Rams’ Sean McVay wants better communication with Jared Goff before the Detroit Lions trade

October 19, 2021

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Almost nine months after the Los Angeles Rams agreed to trade Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions, and with a meeting pending at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, coach Sean McVay lamented how the deal with his former attacking player ended.

“Yes, I wish there was better and clearer communication,” McVay said Monday. “To say that he handled himself perfectly on my part, would not be totally accurate in that. I will never claim that I am perfect, but I will try to learn from some things that I can do better, and I think he was one of them without a doubt.”

The Rams are 5-1 and highly favored against the Detroit Lions 0-6 in the Week 7 showdown, but much intrigue surrounds the game as McVay and Goff prepare to meet after a conflicting ending to their four-year career. .

“I think it will be well received,” McVay said of Goff’s return to Los Angeles, where he spent five seasons after the Rams traded 15 spots to select him first overall in 2016. “I think Los Angeles fans and I believe that the Rams fans know what a great job he had done and how much; I think how much it meant to the Rams organization as a soccer player and also to the community. “

After McVay was hired in 2017, he and Goff won two division titles and an NFC championship. However, following a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, the Rams’ offensive production declined and the 2019 playoffs were missed.

Following a divisional playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers last season, Goff’s status as the Rams’ starting quarterback seemed in question when neither McVay nor general manager Les Snead committed to him. Days earlier, quarterback Matthew Stafford requested a trade from the Lions, and a chance meeting between Stafford and McVay, both on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, marked the end of Goff with the Rams as he was traded. with two first-round picks and a third round to the Lions in exchange for Stafford.

Goff later told reporters that McVay and the Rams had no contact with him since the season ended until he received the phone call about the trade. Goff claimed the move took him by surprise.

“You don’t want to catch guys off guard,” McVay said. “He came together a lot faster than anyone anticipated, but yeah, of course I think that whenever tough decisions and things like that that people are affected by, you always want to be as understanding, as empathetic as possible, Think about it, the lens of the other person and there are certainly things that I know I would do a little differently if … when those situations arise in the future. “

McVay insisted Monday that there was no tipping point in his relationship with Goff and that the opportunity to acquire Stafford was too great to pass up.

“That’s why that decision was made and that’s why things settled as quickly as they did because we felt it was a unique opportunity to acquire a player of Matthew’s caliber,” McVay said. “Those opportunities just don’t come up often.”

Stafford has two seasons left on a five-year, $ 135 million deal. In no time, he’s fired up the offense and has the Rams among the Super Bowl favorites.

Stafford has passed for 16 touchdowns, ranking tied for third in the NFL with Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys and behind Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are the most of any quarterback in his first six games with a team in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Stafford said he would treat Sunday’s meeting with the Lions “like any other game,” although he added that there will likely be an extended period of greetings with friends, former teammates and, if present, the Ford family before kickoff.

McVay said he would talk to Stafford about facing his former team, but he hoped the 13-year-old quarterback would handle it like he would any other game.

“He’s so impressive in terms of his weekly pace and his consistency for these first six weeks,” McVay said. “It’s so firm and balanced that I don’t think it makes it bigger than it is.”