Just over a year and a half since singing quarterback Jared Goff to a $100M extension, the Los Angeles Rams traded their former franchise quarterback to the Detroit Lions. It’s curious to wonder how the Rams and Goff got to where they did and we’ll probably never know.
According to a report by Fox Sports’ Doug Gotlieb, he said that according to sources, “Was told by very good sources [the] Rams were frustrated at Goff’s lack of work ethic, football IQ, mobility, accountability and he simply wouldn’t take chances on explosive plays. Locker room respected Wolford more.
Was told by very good sources #Rams were frustrated at Goff’s lack of work ethic, football IQ, mobility, accountability and he simply wouldn’t take chances on explosive plays. Locker room respected Wolford more.
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 1, 2021
I’m not going to pretend to know anything about Goff’s work ethic. However, it is worth pointing out that the week that John Wolford took over wide receiver Robert Woods touched on Wolford’s willingness to stay and work after practice and Aaron Donald touched on his work ethic as well.
Robert Woods said that a lot of days after practice, because the QB1 in any system is always on a pitch count, Rams starting receivers would ask John Wolford to stay after to get them more balls so they could get extra work in. Says with a big smile that Wolford was always ready.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) December 30, 2020
Aaron Donald on John Wolford: "I've been a fan of his. Just his preparation, just watching him work and the routines he goes through every single day, you would think he’s the starting quarterback already, honestly."https://t.co/Ha7GfqeZQr
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) January 3, 2021
What does that say about Goff’s work ethic? Nothing. But it is worth noting that two high caliber players on the Rams mentioned it in the week leading up to the Arizona Cardinals game in Week 17.
From there, the relationship between Goff and McVay soured. Despite the team not even holding a practice, McVay decided to stick with Wolford for the wild card game against the Seahawks. This led to Goff voicing his frustration that was expressed in a story written by Mike Silver.
It’s clear that Goff was frustrated with being benched for John Wolford. A report by Steve Wyche said that the relationship between Goff and McVay needed ‘marriage counseling.’
From there, McVay said Goff was only the quarterback on the team ‘right now’. Snead echoed that and called his future a ‘beautiful mystery’. Goff was subsequently traded.
In yet another story written by Mike Silver, Goff said he was ‘blindsided’ that the team would want to move on from him and using Silver’s words that were presumably how Goff felt, called it a ‘messy’ transition.
Was this report by Gotlieb coming from the Rams brass in response to the Silver story? This is a story that Silver, and therefore, presumably Goff, criticized the front office and and how they made a mess of the situation. It’s easy to assume that McVay and Snead weren’t pleased with the story.
It’s clear that by the end both sides wanted to move on. We’ll never most likely hear the full details of their relationship. Right now, it seems both sides have moved on and aren’t looking back.