Jared Goff: I have no ill will toward the Rams

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Jared Goff is now the Lions’ quarterback after the trade sending him to Detroit became official earlier this week.

The quarterback was introduced to local media in a press conference on Friday afternoon. Because it’s the first time he’s spoken in that setting since news of the trade broke in January, he fielded some questions about his reaction to the deal and what happened in his relationship with the Rams.

Goff noted that he was “disappointed for two minutes” when he heard about the deal. But then he got on the phone with Lions officials like head coach Dan Campbell, General Manager Brad Holmes — who was the Rams’ director of college scouting when the team drafted him — and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn.

“It was immediate. [I felt like], ‘OK, this is where I’m supposed to be. This is how it’s supposed to go down,” Goff said.

The 2016 No. 1 overall pick said he has spoken to Rams G.M. Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay, but didn’t delve into their conversations.

“I’m so thankful for my time there. I have so many great memories, made so many great friends, have so many great former teammates from there. And there’s so much I learned there,” Goff said. “There’s no ill will. I want to move forward with my life and my career, and this is the next chapter — it starts today. But I had so many great times there and I’m thankful for everything that I went on there.

“We had a lot of success there. I was able to have a lot of success there. Like I mentioned, there were a lot of good times there. Unfortunately, the way it ended is never the way you envision it. But that’s the way it goes. The only constant is change in this league and it’s no different every offseason. It so happens this offseason, this is part of my change. I’m excited about it.”

While he may not harbor any ill will, the quarterback didn’t shy away from the Rams souring on him and trading him as motivation going forward.

“I think at first, absolutely. I think it builds that chip on your shoulder a little bit. I won’t lie about that,” Goff said. “There is that little extra motivation and chip that you do feel. And, again, I am so thankful for all my time there. But yeah, you do feel that. You do feel little of, ‘OK, let’s see what we can do now.'”

There’s still the possibility that the Lions could draft their quarterback for the future at No. 7 overall in a little over a month. But if nothing else, Goff seems as motivated as ever to show he can perform at a high level in Detroit.

17 responses to “Jared Goff: I have no ill will toward the Rams

  1. Why would he have any ill will towards the Rams? They are the ones who tremendously overpaid him. If anything he should be grateful.

  2. The Rams made Goof the #1 selection in the NFL draft. He was paid an incredible amount of money and was the starter for an NFL team. Why would he harbor any feeling other than possibly being dealt to perennial bottom feeder Detroit?

  3. Why would he? The Rams have fallen apart, he’s still collecting millions due to their stupidity and he’s playing where there are almost no expectations of performance.

  4. His second phone call was to Calvin Johnson. Third to Barry Sanders. “Let’s get the band back together!”

  5. Always smart to take the high road – whatever his feelings may be. He still has a chance to show he can play.

  6. It’s a great answer and exactly what the new team and fans of it want to hear.

    And while it seems like a no brainer – tons of players fail that most basic and the animosity they feel consumes them and they end up flaming out and inadvertently justifying their former team’s decision to cut or trade them.

    Good luck Jared Goff, if you can somehow do the impossible and win here you will attain deity status!

  7. The path that equals success moving forward: Stafford has to win the Super Bowl to surpass Goff in LA while Goff has to win one playoff game to surpass Stafford in Detroit. Let’s see who gets there first…

  8. After his release next year he would make a solid backup in San Francisco.

  9. The Lions did well to trade for Goff staright up, yet they stole a ton pf draft picks from the Rams. I like Stafford, too, but Goff has been a big winner in the NFL. Sometimes a coach and QB just get to a point where they can’t see eye to eye, and in this case, the coach won the battle. Last year the New England coach won the battle, but the QB won the war (and the super bowl).

  10. Lions fans love a guy with a chip on his shoulder. They love players with an attitude. They’ll appreciate that Goff is a nice guy, but they’ll like him even more if he picks a fight with a defensive lineman. They want every Lions player to go out there and bite off people’s kneecaps. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. Stafford won Detroit’s heart when he threw a touchdown pass with a dislocated shoulder. When Goff shows that same level of heart the City will adore him.

  11. They should draft one because Goff is making about as much as Russell Wilson.

  12. Olyhawkguy says:
    March 19, 2021 at 1:46 pm
    Why would he? The Rams have fallen apart, he’s still collecting millions due to their stupidity and he’s playing where there are almost no expectations of performance.

    ********

    Funny from a Seahawks fan. Your QB doesn’t even want to be there.

  13. Bad mouthing your former team doesn’t usually turn out well with the fraternity . Ask snacks harrison

  14. No player in the history of the NFL has been treated as unfairly as Jared Goff. Yes, he has some shortcomings. But he’s also one of the best passers in the NFL. Guy could end up with 60,000 yards passing. Wishing him the best, so he can shut up all these haters.

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