Prior to Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay expressed remorse about the March 2021 trade of quarterback Jared Goff to Detroit.
Could I have done better? "Yes," McVay told reporters on Wednesday about Goff, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. "I'll never escape that.
The farther you move from it, the more you try to grow as a person, man, and leader. He deserved more than what happened.
I admit that. He probably knows that too. I'm not ashamed of those things, but I think we're better for looking back.
I appreciate him more over time."In January 2021, a report said McVay and Goff's chemistry was "not great," and two months later, the Rams acquired Matthew Stafford from the Lions, bringing Goff to Detroit.
The Rams won Super Bowl LVI in February 2022 under McVay and Stafford, although the coach subsequently admitted he should have handled Goff's departure "better as a leader."
This Sunday night, Goff may get payback. DraftKings Sportsbook had the Lions as three-point favorites over the 10-7 Rams late Thursday morning.
"He’s done a great job for them," McVay said of Goff in Detroit. "They’re one of the top offenses the last couple years."
It will be intriguing to see if McVay and Goff meet in the center of the field for a postgame conversation before one of them enters a locker room knowing his season is over.
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