Being traded from the team that handed you a four-year extension no less than two years ago can’t feel good to the ego. And for former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, it didn’t. It may not have come as a surprise given the comments of head coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead over the past couple weeks, but that doesn’t make it any less disheartening.
“When you first hear it, it’s difficult, it’s disappointing,” Goff told the LA Times in a lengthy interview this week.
But rather than focus on the negative or try to figure out what exactly when wrong in Los Angeles, Goff has a newfound sense of optimism, and it came courtesy of a conversation with the Lions after the trade had been agreed upon.
After that conversation, Goff thought to himself, he recalls, “Oh my God, this is how it’s supposed to feel. This makes me feel great.”
And while that certainly sounds like a bit of a parting shot at McVay, Goff insists he’ll only remember his time with the Rams and his now-former head coach as an enormously positive experience.
“Regardless of how it ended, me and Sean had a great relationship and did so many great things together,” Goff said. “Won a bunch of big games. Won a bunch of playoff games. Won two divisions together. Having so much success on the offense, so many good times and memories.”
Goff even took his appreciate public on Wednesday afternoon, tweeting out a thank you to Los Angeles and an introduction to his new family in Detroit.
“Thank you to the entire city of Los Angeles for welcoming a 21-year-old kid with open arms and making this town feel like home. This city has shaped the man I’ve become and I will forever be grateful for the Kroenke family, my coaches, the support staff, and most importantly, my teammates for competing and fighting with me every Sunday - I’ve made memories with every one of you in that locker room that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
To the fans, thank you for the relentless support through all the ups and the downs - it has meant the world to me. From the bottom of my heart, it’s been an honor to represent the city of LA.
With that said, I couldn’t be more excited for this chapter and am ready to attack this new opportunity that lies ahead. Detroit, here I come.”