Two-year rewind: Sean McVay says it’s “insane” to think Jared Goff is going anywhere

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Two days ago, Rams coach Sean McVay made it clear that he’s thrilled with his upgrade from Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford before chastising the media for accurately repeating and commenting on the content, tone, and tenor of McVay’s remarks. Two years ago, McVay went with something that seems, in hindsight, even more outlandish.

June 2019. That’s when the Rams had yet to sign Goff to a long-term, big-money deal and when McVay inadvertently was jacking up the eventual price by praising Goff incessantly — and by shouting down the notion that the Rams shouldn’t extend Goff’s contract after only three seasons, waiting one or two more years before making a final decision about whether to keep him or to move on.

Someone (me) was arguing loudly that the Rams shouldn’t simply give Goff a market-value deal simply because he had landed on the pass side of the basic pass-fail question as to whether the first overall pick in the 2016 draft was a bust. Goff thrived in McVay’s system; why pay Goff more than $30 million per year when other quarterbacks are out there, younger and cheaper and possibly better suited to running the Rams Offense?

Here’s a question McVay got during a sit-down with Fred Roggin of NBC’s L.A. affiliate (and, yes, I’m the pundit to whom Roggin was referring), as posted here exactly two years ago today: “I don’t know how often you check online and care what the pundits say. One suggested that, you know, the thing about Jared Goff is there will be a point in time when you’re just going to get rid of him because you’re gonna bring somebody in here who’s younger who will be your kind of guy. Now to me I thought that was insane . . . because you’ve developed him into one of the top quarterbacks in the game.”

Here’s what McVay said in response regarding Goff.

“He’s developed himself into [one of the top quarterbacks in the game], and you know we’ve been able to work very well together over the last couple years. I can assure you, that is not going to happen. He ain’t going anywhere. And he’s just continuing to get better. He’s coachable. He’s a young guy that’s just continuing to grow. But the talent, the makeup that he has. I think one of the best traits is mental toughness.

“I mean, clearly, he’s the No. 1 overall pick for a reason. He’s got elite ability to throw the football from different platforms. He can make all the throws. But I think what really is special about him is the way that he’s wired mentally. He’s got an elite mental toughness. An extreme security in himself that doesn’t ride the wave of the inevitable ups and downs that you face as a quarterback. And I think he’s so authentic and genuine. His players love him. You look at the way that his Cal teammates, how excited they were when he was the No. 1 overall pick. You look at the way that his teammates respond to him here. And he’s just getting better and better. I mean, this offseason he’s continued to take steps, truly becoming an extension of the coaching staff. And a huge part of our success as a team the last couple years is due to his leadership and we’re so thankful to have him and I agree, Fred, it’s insane to think that he’s going anywhere. He’s stuck with me as long as I have say.”

To McVay’s credit, he admitted the mistake. To McVay’s detriment, the mistake was very avoidable. I mean, if a hack like me saw it coming, one of the best coaches in the NFL should have recognized it, too.

And of course McVay is now happy that Goff (who was benched last year for John Freaking Wolford) has been replaced with Stafford. Again, the Rams didn’t trade two first-round picks and a third-round pick for Stafford. It was a one and a three for Stafford, and another first-rounder for the Lions to take Goff’s contract off the books.

McVay really is a great coach. But he blew it with Goff. And he blew it on Thursday, when he chastised the media for acknowledging the obvious excitement that McVay is now experiencing given that Goff is gone.

Of course McVay is excited. He’d be even more excited if the Rams hadn’t signed Goff to that contract, and if the Rams didn’t have to tuck the Goff contract into the Stafford trade in order to make it less obvious that the Rams had to do with Goff the same thing the Texans once had to do with Brock Osweiler.

31 responses to “Two-year rewind: Sean McVay says it’s “insane” to think Jared Goff is going anywhere

  1. It’s obvious McVay is a megalomaniac. He makes emotional decisions in the heat of the moment taking little to no blame for the Rams short-comings. He perpetually thinks he’s one player and one trade away from a Lombardi and all he’s really doing is setting up the next GM and HC for failure w a cap strapped team w no draft picks. Disaster waiting to happen.

  2. A bit of revisionist history here.
    He was improving each year.
    After his third year he looked OK, at least above average.
    He started not performing well after his contract extension.

  3. He started not performing well after his contract extension.
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    McVay running Gurley into the ground and getting him injured didn’t help. In Detroit Goff will look a lot better w Swift and Williams back there.

  4. Who ever said McVay was a great coach? Sounds like you want to pump him up to make yourself sound smarter for recognizing the Goff mistake before him.

  5. The Rams have not had a 1st rd pick in 5 years. When they miss the playoffs again and again, and they finally fire these idiots, the long fall down will last years and years.

  6. Goofy will also fail in Detroit or did he managed to learn how to read the defence??
    Probably not !! My cudos goes to McVay for his patience with him.

  7. McVay is like many other NFL coaches always thinking they are smarter then everybody else . He’s definitely not . He’s an egomaniac who always blames others for his many failings . Wait to he finds out what Detroit fans already know , Stafford can’t handle the big moments . Stafford looked like a HOF QB when nothing is on the line . Put him in a must win game he will manage to make a critical mistake to lose the game . Stafford’s record against winning teams is a pitiful 8-67 . There were more then a few games out of the 67 losses that Detroit was either the better team or equal in talent but Lions just couldn’t get it done usually because of a boneheaded mistake by Stafford at a key moment in the game .

  8. The Rams extended gurley because of the media pressure at the the time. I remember all the media types including this site saying how the Rams should pay gurley blah blah blah, even tho everyone knows throwing big money at RB’s is dumb.

  9. supercharger says:
    June 12, 2021 at 11:23 am
    It’s obvious McVay is a megalomaniac. He makes emotional decisions in the heat of the moment taking little to no blame for the Rams short-comings. He perpetually thinks he’s one player and one trade away from a Lombardi and all he’s really doing is setting up the next GM and HC for failure w a cap strapped team w no draft picks. Disaster waiting to happen.

    Hey supercharger you do know your rivals are in the AFC west don’t you. Almost every time there is a blog about the Rams you have the most negative comments. It’s like you’re obsessed. We Ram fans don’t really care what the chargers do we’re concerned about the 49ers , Seahawks, and Cardinals because they are our rivals. As for McVay I think his record speaks for itself

  10. touchback6 says:
    June 12, 2021 at 11:55 am
    The Rams have not had a 1st rd pick in 5 years. When they miss the playoffs again and again, and they finally fire these idiots, the long fall down will last years and years.
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    These idiots ? The rams are 43-16 over the last 4 years with “these idiots” and they also have been drafting very well despite no 1st rounders. You must be a 49ers fan.

  11. McVay may be a decent coach, but that doesn’t make him either likable or a good person.

  12. joshhatesthesteelers says:
    June 12, 2021 at 12:21 pm
    touchback6 says:
    June 12, 2021 at 11:55 am
    The Rams have not had a 1st rd pick in 5 years. When they miss the playoffs again and again, and they finally fire these idiots, the long fall down will last years and years.
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    These idiots ? The rams are 43-16 over the last 4 years with “these idiots” and they also have been drafting very well despite no 1st rounders. You must be a 49ers fan.

    24 9 Rate This

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    When they’re 16-43 in the next 5 years, you’ll finally figure it out. Only a moron GM doesn’t understand under a rookie cap, a 1st rd pick is gold.

    Gold.

    Importing other teams’ 1st rders as expensive players while
    never winning anything is proof it doesn’t work.

    The idea is to WIN a SB. Get it?

  13. I always took it as they knew they made a mistake on jumping the gun on the new contract and were 1- defensive about it and 2- trying to keep Goff in a positive mindset. Can’t blame them for not publicly admitting it.

  14. Players and coaches have breakups. Husbands and wives have breakups. Some relationships go on beyond what anyone could have guessed. Some end before anyone had a clue there were problems. You try to mend relationships up until the day you finally realize it’s time to make a change. Jared Goff and Sean McVay had more success since they’ve been together, than all but one or two coach/QB combinations. Just look at the wins and losses. They’ve been very successful, including a super bowl birth. McVay isn’t going to come out and say anything negative about one of his players. He’s too classy of a man. He’s going to work behind the scenes and be as positive as he can with the public and the media. That’s why he’s so well respected among his fellow coaches, and his players. People make predictions all the time, and very few ever come true. You usually don’t hear the people bringing up all their predictions that were wrong. That’s just human nature. But they don’t mind reminding you when they were right. I have no problem with that either. We’re all having fun. But when it comes to Sean McVay, he’s about as classy a guy I’ve seen in over 50 years watching the NFL.

  15. When they’re 16-43 in the next 5 years, you’ll finally figure it out. Only a moron GM doesn’t understand under a rookie cap, a 1st rd pick is gold.

    Gold.

    Importing other teams’ 1st rders as expensive players while
    never winning anything is proof it doesn’t work.

    The idea is to WIN a SB. Get it?

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    No one in the NFC West except the Cardinals has any first round picks in the foreseeable future. I agree, this creates a brief “win-now” window that will be slam-closed in a few years due to a lack of cheap talent in a hard cap sport. But even when that happens, someone is still going to win that division and make the playoffs and it’s not going to be the Cardinals.

    Also, if the salary cap rises quicker than people expect, mistakes in earlier years end up being less costly. On the other hand, if the cap doesn’t rise as expected, those mistakes become that much more costly.

  16. How did the Rams blow it with Goff?
    There aren’t 32 good starting QBs out there.
    Who were the Rams going to start other than Goff at the time.
    In the NFL you’re basically stick with who you have until you’re able to acquire a better player.
    It worked out the way it did.
    Goff got the team to a super bowl. Played well and then when it was time to upgrade they found someone else.

  17. Credit to McVay for creating a strong, successful offense, but in all fairness both that and Goff’s stats took a hit after Gurley’s injury. Gurley’s running talent had kept the deep passing options open, then, post-injury, Goff’s INTs went up and his yds. after the catch went down. Both the Rams and Lions will need to develop a successful running game. Akers looks promising for the Rams and Sewell was a great pick to boost their ground game too.

  18. Not knowing where the sun rises should have been fair warning on Goff. That offense covers up a lot of QB weaknesses.

  19. The Ram’s offense slowed down when the O-line play took a step or two back last year. I think Stafford is an upgrade but what have they done to address the line?

  20. supercharger says:
    McVay running Gurley into the ground and getting him injured didn’t help. In Detroit Goff will look a lot better w Swift and Williams back there.
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    When Malcolm Brown got injured and Gurley had to be on the field more it definitely hurt Gurley’s play. That’s when he burnt out.

    Detroit still needs a real RB who can chew clock and wear down the defense. I don’t think that’s Swift or Williams. But if their OL meets expectations they should have some success running the ball.

  21. Lol i really think this is funny. Stafford is a very below qb at reading defences. Only reason he had lots of yards was they were always behind. Detroit has a top 5 offemsive line, if not a top 2. Lions will have a better record than rams. wont even be close. Stafford threw the ball to the wrong team so often when they could have won not even funny.

  22. My Lions have a better record than the Rams I’ll eat my hat. Not happening. Goff has 1.5 years left as a starter and that is due to that millstone of a
    Contract around my Lions neck now. After that I don’t see a guy who looked to the sideline every play and off script looked lost becoming the I’ll be ready to save the day backup like Foles, Hostetler, Reich, etc.

  23. “McVay really is a great coach.”

    Why? One SB appearance makes you a “great coach?” Andy Reid is not a great coach. What makes McVay a “great coach”? “Great” does not mean good or very good. People throw around the word “great” too much.

  24. mcnabbster says:
    June 13, 2021 at 3:55 am
    “McVay really is a great coach.”

    Why? One SB appearance makes you a “great coach?” Andy Reid is not a great coach. What makes McVay a “great coach”? “Great” does not mean good or very good. People throw around the word “great” too much

    For the record, I am not a chiefs or eagles fan…

    Reid is 221- 131 with a .637 winning % in the regular season, and 29-15 in the playoffs.

    He’s only had 4 losing seasons in 20 seasons as a head coach, and has only had 4 seasons w double digit losses in that time.

    He has 3 SB appearances with one win. Both the losses were to a Brady lead team.

    He’s also one of the most respected coaches in NFL history, and is beloved by players and assistant coaches alike.

    So I’m not exactly sure what your criteria of a good coach is, but I’m pretty sure Andy Reid checks the boxes in most people’s eyes.

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