Rams Coach Sean McVay Wishes He Had Handled Jared Goff Trade Differently

Jared Goff (16) while with the Rams
Jared Goff (16) while with the Rams. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/Shutterstock (10082133by)

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay certainly doesn’t regret upgrading from Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford at the quarterback position ahead of the 2021 NFL season. Since trading Goff to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Stafford, the Rams have been one of the best teams in football and look like a legit Super Bowl contender. However, McVay still would have wished he had handled the QB swap a bit differently on Goff’s end.

Speaking with reporters on Monday, McVay said he feels he could have done better to communicate the trade to Goff.

“Yes, I wish there was better, clearer communication,” McVay said via ESPN. “To say that it was perfectly handled on my end, I wouldn’t be totally accurate in that. I’ll never claim to be perfect, but I will try to learn from some things that I can do better, and I think that was one of them without a doubt.”

The Rams traded Goff to the Lions just two seasons after handing him a four-year extension worth $134 million. The 27-year-old signal-caller later said that he didn’t expect to be moved and revealed that the team didn’t talk with him during the offseason until they needed to tell him he was being traded.

Goff entered the league as the Rams’ first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was named the team’s starting quarterback midway through his rookie year and went on to play 69 games for the franchise. He helped the Rams make the Super Bowl in 2018 and contributed to two more postseason trips.

“I think the L.A. fans and I think the Rams fans know what a great job he had done and how much, I think how much he meant to the Rams organization both as a football player and also the community,” McVay added.