Last week when the teams could finally make it official, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff played nicely with the media. While rumors of the growing rift between them bubbled beneath the surface, both decided to put on happy faces in their press conferences.
“I’m so thankful for my time there,” Goff said of his time with McVay and general manager Les Snead. “I had so many great memories. I made so many great friend. I have so many great former teammates from there. There’s so much I learned there. There’s no ill will. I want to move forward.”
McVay played it nicely, too, even admitting he may have been part of the problem as to why Goff didn’t work out in Los Angeles.
“When you look back on the four years that we did have together, there’s a lot of times you can smile on,” McVay said. “I would say there’s a lot of things that when I self-reflect, I certainly wish I was better for him in some instances.”
But in a fascinating article from ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, who talked to two dozen sources inside the Rams organization, it paints a much more toxic relationship between the two that had likely reached its boiling point by the end of the 2020 season.
Following the team’s Super Bowl loss to the Patriots in 2019, McVay reportedly got more and more vocal with his criticisms of Goff—with blowups on the sideline—and it took an emotional toll on the young quarterback.
“It gradually became more hostile, with McVay cussing out Goff, and Goff would feel crushed,” one league source told ESPN.
Eventually, McVay’s frustrating was so obvious that in leaked into his public appearances, noting Goff’s poor play in post-game press conference with the media.
Obviously, sideline tiffs and frustration is natural when the wins aren’t coming as they were before, and in many instances, Goff’s play deserved plenty of criticism. You aren’t going to win a lot of games throwing averaging 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions a season—like Goff did in his final two years.
But you also don’t stand much of a chance when your quarterback and head coach are mixing as well as water and oil. And by the end, it certainly seemed like that’s what the situation was for the Rams, especially when John Wolford came in for an injured Goff late in the 2020 season.
“[McVay] was totally all-in 100 percent on starting Wolford over Goff,” another league source said.
You can read the entire piece here. It’s worth your time, and it may give you a different perspective on both Goff and McVay.
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