Sean McVay became “fixated” on Matthew Stafford

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Although quarterback Matthew Stafford ostensibly would have accepted a trade to any team but the Patriots, Stafford wanted to play for Sean McVay and the Rams. In the end, Stafford got what he wanted.

Chris Simms explained on Monday’s PFT Live that Stafford shied away from other potential trade destinations, like for example Carolina, as he tried to nudge the process toward McVay and Southern California.

Per a league source, Stafford and McVay spent time together last week in Cabo. (Albert Breer of SI.com writes that the two met for dinner in Mexico after the deal was done; our information suggests that the conversations and meetings didn’t begin then.)

As the source explains it, McVay became “fixated” on Stafford and pushed the Rams to get him. McVay, as the thinking in some circles goes, believes that Stafford will help McVay preserve his “boy genius” status, a label that has begun to weather and fray over the past two years. McVay blames the regression on Goff, taking a page from the playbook of his mentor, Jon Gruden.

Whether Stafford can change the perception of the McVay offensive system remains to be seen. As Simms put it, McVay will behave like a kid with a new toy, drawing up plays suited to Stafford’s strengths. It will invigorate McVay and expand the offense — at least in the short term.

But the Rams will still need to put a team around Stafford. With $22.2 million carried on the salary cap for Goff’s traded contract and with Stafford receiving $20 million in compensation for 2021, the Rams will have to put a team around Stafford with $42.2 million devoted to the quarterback position and (if the cap shrinks to $180 million) less than $140 million to fill out the rest of the roster.

46 responses to “Sean McVay became “fixated” on Matthew Stafford

  1. I’m baffled at how, all of the sudden, teams jumped on the ‘pick six’ Stafford bandwagon in starting a bidding war…at best, he’s a Kirk Cousins type (ie plenty of stats, but never will make his teammates better).The guy has flawed mechanics, has a turnover propensity WORSE than the guy he was traded for, and isn’t a leader…McVay is an egomaniac that is worse than Jon Gruden, and will succeed in tearing down the Rams. Hard to imagine a Head Coach publicly tearing down his starting QB like McVay did…

  2. What’s with all this smack talk on McVay? He coached his team to the super bowl three years ago and last year won a playoff game against everyone’s darling Seattle with a qb with a broken thumb. I’m not even a Rams fan but this seems to be making a mountain out a mole hill.

  3. McVay blames the regression on Goff, taking a page from the playbook of his mentor, Jon Gruden.
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    Yeah, this is a clear sign that McVay is more of a problem than Goff. A bad front office and a HC willing to throw players under the bus. Not a fan.

    Say what you want about Goff, but the Rams drafted him and then gave him the huge contract, and now he’s cost them 2 first round draft picks. That’s on the organization, not Goff.

    At some McVay will run out of people to blame. The fact that he makes this kind of thing public is unprofessional and weasely. Be a man, McVay, and be accountable for your own mistakes. The problems in LA run far deeper than who takes the snaps.

  4. Congratulations LA but won’t change a thing in the west. Sf fans already got the brooms out for next year

  5. Matt Stafford is only 33 and has never played for a real head coach. Matt has his own reputation to save too. Does he wanna retire as Jay Cutler or does he want to retire as Brad Johnson? The ring is why remember the last fellas name

  6. I highly doubt McVay cares anything about the boy genius label. He’s just a football coach trying to get better. Not sure Stafford is much of an upgrade though.

  7. The Rams got fleeced because of McVay’s fixation. Stafford is not worth what they gave up to get him.

  8. Last 3 years
    Stafford QBR 97.3 Cmp% 62 Yds 10,363 TD% 4.5 Int% 2.3 TD 66
    Cousins QBR 107 Cmp% 69 Yds 12,166 TD% 5.8 Int% 1.9 TD 91

  9. oh stop McVays mentor isn’t Jon Gruden. McVay, Lafeur and couple others all come from Mike Shananhan coaching tree, just look at the 2012 WFT staff, a lot of them are HCs or OC/DC now.

  10. I love it when armchair qbs talk about flawed fundamentals and footwork as if they know better, and act like Stafford hasn’t consistently put up big time numbers with small time talent around him.

    He can play ball. He was the #1 overall for a reason.

  11. People bashing on McVay obviously don’t watch many Rams games. He catered that offense to fit Goff’s strengths. With that being said I will say McVay got away from the stuff that seemed to work this past season. But it’s not his fault that Goff can’t go through his progressions and makes boneheaded turnovers. I’m grateful for what Goff did for the Rams but a change of scenery was best for all parties.

  12. Matt Stafford, 0-3 in the playoffs, 4 TDs 3INTs
    Jared Goff, 3-3 in the playoffs, 4 TDs, 2INTs

    Not sure Matt Stafford is an upgrade, definitely not sure he is worth what they traded for to get him.

    Cardinals will be better, 49ers will be much better, Seahawks will be same-I don’t think the Rams will make the playoffs next year.

  13. Patrick H says:
    February 1, 2021 at 11:16 am
    Matt Stafford is only 33
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    Stafford is a very old 33 in the NFL, with 12 seasons under his belt, a body that is starting to break down and get injured, and has 0 playoff wins. He also only has 4 winning seasons in 12 years. You can say all that is a result of playing for a poor team if you want, but I’ll tell you Stafford’s stats are a result of garbage time yards while that team was behind.

  14. Last week y’all were saying you can’t keep defending a bad player or you risk losing the locker room. This week, McVay is throwing Goff under the bus. Love that fake news narrative this site has started taking on for clicks. Anyone who watched Goff knows he was the weakest point of the offense, and it wasn’t close. Goff’s pick to Quandre Diggs in wk 16 was the worst turnover I’ve ever seen in a professional football game, including the butt fumble. Goff has no one to blame but himself they went 5 years without bringing a single threatening QB in to that room with Goff and even when he played terribly last year, they still defended him. Stop protecting a mediocre QB that didn’t improve from being dumped by his coach after being given the keys to the kingdom.

  15. Could as well end up as a win win trade. Stafford will play in an offensive scheme that will inspire him, backed up by a defensive unit like he never had.
    Goff will be very motivated to become the franchise QB. He has enough talent, and playoff experience to succeed. Their draft capital, starting this year, will be a contributing factor. To me, the management has enough confidence in Goff to not use their seventh pick for a QB.

  16. Don’t understand the whole “boy genius” thing. I think the media is more fixated on that than McVay.
    He’s 35 years old now. He was a grown man when he got hired. I doubt he thinks of himself as a boy. That’s going to wear off eventually anyway.

  17. I hope it works out, just because I’m at least rooting for Stafford. But serious question, do the Rams even have any draft picks left the next few years? It seems like they got all the big names and give up multiple 1st rd picks for everyone.

  18. McVay hasn’t been the same since Belichick slapped him down in the Super Bowl. Once the Pats stopped the Rams stretch zone run game, McVay had no answer. For Belichick it must have felt like he was playing checkers with a toddler. Let’s face it, Jared Goff is mediocre at best. So when you add mediocre together its sum equals mediocre.IMO that’s is who the Rams are. Matt Stafford will be an improvement over Goff, but not as substantial as one might think. He’s definitely not worth the haul and whether Goff works out or not, The Lions organization must be feeling pretty good right now. Let this sink in for a moment. The Rams won’t have a 1st Round pick til 2024. Going back to 2017 it will be 7 consecutive seasons without a 1st Round Pick. I wonder how Aaron Donald feels about all of this?

  19. Not a Rams fan or hater.
    Which is more likely the explanation of offensive drop off from the Supe:
    (1) Goff’s game regressed, the result of him getting lazy;
    (2) The league caught up with McVay’s offense.
    We will soon find out.

  20. The Chargers still have the better QB in LA. Stafford is a good player, but he’s not a Franchise Player. He just happened to be Detroit’s franchise player because other than Megatron, there was nobody better than him.

  21. The Rams gave up too many draft picks in this deal, but it seems that is more GM Les Snead’s fault than Sean McVay’s. The GM is also more responsible for drafting Goff in the first place.

  22. By most accounts, this was a fair trade for both teams. Regarding the Rams comp to the Lions, a big part of that was to off-load Goff and his mega-money contract.

  23. People that question if Matthew Stafford is a major upgrade from Jared Goff really don’t understand football.

  24. Those who think McVay’s continuing status as Rams HC will depend on how this trade turns out are short-sighted. He’s an amazing X’s and O’s coach and I see him being the Rams coach long after Stafford retires. My .02¢

  25. It is hard to criticize what the Rams and McVay have done, but I think McVay will be shown to have practically destroyed the Rams franchise. On his word, they gave Goff that contract.

    They traded 2 first rounder, 2 2nd rounder and 2 3rd round picks for Goff. Then, they give up 2 first rounders and a third, to get rid of Goff.

    The Rams future looks bleak. So McVay better make it happen. Because they are going to have to sign FA’s to keep that roster strong, and their cap space won’t handle it, because they won’t have lower rookie contracts for support players.

  26. Getting “fixated” on a player is what got McVey in trouble in the first place. First with Goff and now with Stafford. At some point a head coach needs to use his brain rather than his heart.

  27. If I was a Rams fans, I would be concerned how they burn through their first round picks like a credit card.

  28. Detroit can end up with a couple of early first round picks if he Stafford experiment fails.

  29. With $22.2 million carried on the salary cap for Goff’s traded contract and with Stafford receiving $20 million in compensation for 2021, the Rams will have to put a team around Stafford with $42.2 million devoted to the quarterback position

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    Wait, how much of Goff’s contract did the Rams actually manage to dump on the Lions? Ditching Goff hardly seems worth all the picks if they are still on the hook for half of his paycheck.

  30. Boy wonder, boy genius….or infatuation or ego….McFly really stuck his neck out there asking for Stafford. In some way it’s respectable going for it now, but the cost of the future to the Ram franchise after two years will be brutal.

  31. kennystablerisalive says:
    February 1, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Getting “fixated” on a player is what got McVey in trouble in the first place.

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    McVay didn’t trade away draft picks to get Goff. He inherited him. I also doubt if it was McVay’s idea to give Goff that contract.

  32. That Rams team isn’t built for 3 or 4 years from now. It’s built to compete for a championship now. This is a necessary move to avoid wasting another year with a 2nd tier QB who can’t get it done. Stafford will get them deep into the playoffs for a year or two before we see them have to retool. It’s now or never.

  33. Lost in all this is another QB that needs a change of scenery: Matt Ryan. With the fallout of this, what is he going to command in a trade? He’s actually been to a Super Bowl, had some postseason success as well. Atlanta has to be running numbers right now and looking at some desperate teams with enough draft capital and andecemt roster to move him to.

  34. I mean, McVay saw Belichick across the field at the Super Bowl and was instantly paralyzed with fear, so, ya he’s a boy all right.

  35. I thought the lions picked up Goff’s contract. Whats with the $44 million cap hit?

  36. Patrick H says:
    February 1, 2021 at 11:16 am
    Matt Stafford is only 33 and has never played for a real head coach. Matt has his own reputation to save too. Does he wanna retire as Jay Cutler or does he want to retire as Brad Johnson? The ring is why remember the last fellas name

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    I don’t remember the last fella, but I do remember that Tampa Defense he may have been the QB with

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