Hollywood would not be Hollywood without a dash of drama.
The Rams’ split with quarterback Jared Goff was apparently nastier than the two indicated publicly, with an offseason trade ending a three-year marriage between Goff and head coach Sean McVay that seemed set to endure a decade or more at the time.
With Stafford in Hollywood and Goff in Detroit, we finally understand why the Rams released the previous No. 1 overall pick: a deteriorating relationship between quarterback and head coach.
The following describes how the collaboration deteriorated:
Relationship between Jared Goff and Sean McVay
Week 12, 2020: The Rams lose 23-20 against the 49ers, with Jared Goff completing 19 of 31 passes with two interceptions. Following the defeat, Goff’s performance earns the ire and censure of head coach Sean McVay:
“Our quarterback needs to be more responsible with the football,” McVay told reporters. However, this was not the first time McVay has singled out Goff. Indeed, McVay had already chastised Goff in front of teammates in the locker room prior to the news conference, according to sources.
According to ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, McVay established the practice of berating Goff on the sidelines, both before and after games, with the head coach apparently uninterested in assisting Goff in growing and improving from that moment on.
Indeed, McVay’s dissatisfaction with Goff reached a point where he desired to start quarterback John Wolford over Goff in Week 17, 2020, when Goff was healing from thumb surgery.
Following the Rams’ final round playoff loss to the Packers concerns surrounding Goff’s future in Los Angeles. Both head coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead expressed uncertainty about Goff’s future with the Rams.
“Certainly, he is our quarterback at the moment,” McVay stated on Jan. 17.
“At the moment, Jared Goff is a Ram,” Snead stated on Jan. 26, confirming his head coach’s thoughts. “It is far too early to make predictions about the future. That is a lovely mystery.”
It wasn’t until a few days later, on Jan. 31, that the Rams and Lions agreed to trade Goff, two first-round selections, and a third-round pick to the Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford.
Now, as he awaited the deal’s completion on the first day of the new league year in March, Goff saw the need for a fresh start away from Los Angeles.
“As the quarterback, as the man who is probably the most important position on the field, if you’re not wanted and they want to move on from you, the feeling is reciprocal,” Goff explained. “You do not want to be in the wrong location at the wrong time. That became very evident. …
“You begin to feel, I hesitate to use the word relief,’ but you begin to feel glad, thankful, and prepared for a new chance. That is the overwhelming emotion I had that night and in the days that followed.”
Fast ahead to Week 7, 2021, and Goff is making his first return to Los Angeles since the deal.
“Yes, I wish there had been greater, more transparent communication,” McVay said on Oct. 18 in reference to the trade’s execution. “To say that it was handled flawlessly on my end would be an exaggeration. I’ll never pretend to be flawless, but I will strive to improve on some aspects, and I believe that was one of them.”
Goff also weighs in on McVay’s remarks.
“I’m grateful. “I admire it because it takes a guy to say something like that,” Goff added. “It still occurred in the manner in which it occurred, but I appreciate his stating that and have the utmost regard for people over there.”
We’ll find out how much mutual regard the two teams have following the conclusion of their weekend showdown.