The Los Angeles Rams shocked more than just NFL fans on Saturday evening when they traded away their former number one overall pick and franchise quarterback Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford. Over the past month there have been questions about the Goff-McVay relationship and how things got to this point.
On Tuesday evening, Sam Farmer released an article that you can read here (very good read btw!). Sam Farmer and the LA Times did a great job in this interview and Goff came off a lot better than he did in his interview with Silver. In the Silver article he came off very salty and immature. Here, he comes off as someone who is ready for the next stage in his life. Here are some quotes from the story that are worth pointing out.
“As the quarterback, as the guy that’s at arguably the most important position on the field, if you’re in a place that you’re not wanted and they want to move on from you, the feeling’s mutual.”
My sense on the trade for Matthew Stafford is that it was more about getting Stafford and getting rid of the Goff contract contract. While the Rams certainly wanted better play from the quarterback position, I do think they would have been fine going into 2021 with Goff as their starting quarterback. There were reports about an open competition in camp, but the odds of Goff losing that were slim to none.
With Stafford, the Rams get arguably a top-10 quarterback in the NFL. When you get a chance to upgrade in the NFL, especially at the quarterback position, you do it. There is no doubt that Stafford is the better quarterback than Goff. The Rams have Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey on their primes. The window to win a Super Bowl is now.
“I really enjoyed my time here. I want to leave this on a positive note. Obviously, the ending wasn’t favorable and wasn’t fun. But them drafting me No. 1 overall and bringing me to a city that hasn’t had a football team in a long time, being a part of that rebuild after 2016, being able to help bring L.A. football back to prominence, all that stuff I take extreme pride in. It’s something that I’ll always remember.”
A little more positive here from Goff. It’s obvious that he really enjoyed his time in Los Angeles. How could he not? He resurrected football in Los Angeles. Goff helped lead the Rams to back-to-back NFC West titles. The Rams went to a Super Bowl. On Monday Night Football, Goff threw the game winning touchdown pass in what is considered the best regular season game of all time. Those are the things fans will always remember and I’m sure Goff will as well.
“Regardless of how it ended, me and Sean had a great relationship and did so many great things together. Won a bunch of big games. [We] Won a bunch of playoff games. Won two divisions together. Having so much success on the offense, so many good times and memories.Unfortunately it ended sourly, but it still doesn’t take away from all those times we had.”
This is possibly the most interesting quote from the article. Goff touched on the “conversations” that he would need to have to “shed some light” at some point. However, it is very curious how the relationship between Goff and McVay soured so quickly. They were on track to become the next great QB-coach duo. They were going to be the next Brady-Belichick, Montana-Walsh, etc. It didn’t end that way and until more details come out, everyone is going to wonder why and how.
“As time has gone on over the last few days, and even the end of that night, it becomes a positive and you start to feel really good about yourself again. You start to feel, I don’t want to say relief is the word, but you start to feel happy, grateful, ready for a new opportunity.”
While Goff’s time in Los Angeles may not have ended the way that he wanted to, hopefully this is something that lights a fire in him. Goff has always bounced back. From winning one game in his first year at Cal to going 0-7 as a rookie. He’s now being traded to the Detroit Lions where many expect him to fail. My feeling is that won’t be the case. Goff may not win a Super Bowl in Detroit, but he’s not going to just be a bridge quarterback for them either.