It would not be Hollywood with no little drama.
The breakup between the Rams and quarterback Jared Goff was, reportedly, a bit extra messy than the 2 have been letting on in public, with offseason trade ending a three-year marriage between Goff and head coach Sean McVay that, on the time, appear destined to final a decade or extra.
Now, with Stafford in Tinsel Town and Goff within the Motor City, we all know why the Rams determined to transfer on from the previous No. 1 general choose: A souring relationship between quarterback and head coach.
Here’s how the partnership deteriorated:
Jared Goff-Sean McVay relationship
Week 12, 2020: The Rams fall to the 49ers 23-20, and Jared Goff goes 19-of-31 passing with two interceptions within the loss. Goff’s efficiency attracts the ire and criticism of head coach Sean McVay following the loss:
“Our quarterback has to take better care of the football,” McVay stated to reporters. But it wasn’t the primary time that McVay had referred to as out Goff. In reality, in entrance of teammates within the locker room earlier than the press convention, McVay had chewed out Goff earlier than, per reviews.
ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry details that McVay made it a behavior of ripping into Goff on the sidelines, earlier than and after video games, with the top coach seemingly not caring about serving to Goff develop and enhance from that time.
In reality, McVay’s impatience with Goff grew to the purpose the place he was itching to begin quarterback John Wolford over Goff, one thing that got here to move in Week 17 in 2020 as Goff was recovering from thumb surgical procedure.
Following the Rams’ ousting within the playoffs to the Packers within the divisional spherical, questions surrounded Goff’s future as Los Angeles reply. Both head coach Sean McVay and GM Les Snead have been non-committal on Goff’s future as quarterback for the Rams.
“Yeah, he’s our quarterback, right now,” McVay said on Jan. 17.
“Jared Goff is a Ram at this moment,” Snead said on Jan. 26, echoing his head coach’s sentiments. “It’s way too early to speculate the future. That’s a beautiful mystery.”
It wasn’t a lot later — just some days, on Jan. 31 — when the Rams and Lions agreed to a deal to send Goff, two first-round picks and a third-round choose to the Lions for Matthew Stafford.
Now, ready for the deal to be finalized on the primary day of the brand new league yr in March, Goff knew it was time for a brand new starting away from LA.
“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,” Goff said. “You don’t want to be in the wrong place. It became increasingly clear that was the case. …
“You begin to really feel, I do not need to say ‘reduction’ is the phrase, however you begin to really feel pleased, grateful, prepared for a brand new alternative. That’s the most important feeling that I used to be overcome with that night time, and even within the days following.”
Fast forward to Week 7, 2021: Goff is returning to Los Angeles for the first time since the trade.
“Yes, I want there was higher, clearer communication,” McVay said on Oct. 18, concerning the best way that the trade went down. “To say that it was completely dealt with on my finish, I would not be completely correct in that. I’ll by no means declare to be excellent, however I’ll strive to study from some issues that I can do higher, and I feel that was one in every of them indisputably.”
Goff also has some thoughts on McVay’s comments.
“I respect it. It takes a person to say one thing like that, so yeah, I respect it,” Goff said. “It nonetheless occurred the best way it did, however I do respect him saying that and bought all of the respect on the planet for them over there.”
We’ll see how a lot respect the 2 sides have following the conclusion of their matchup this weekend.