The Los Angeles Rams made the shocking decision to dump Jared Goff this offseason, agreeing to trade him for the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford – also dropping three draft picks in the process. Goff regressed in 2019 and 2020 after a terrific first two years under Sean McVay, which ultimately led the team to make a change.
The Rams have gone from a top-two offense in 2017 and 2018 to a team that hasn’t been in the top 10 in each of the past two years. Unsurprisingly, much of the blame fell on Goff, who has thrown just 42 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions in the past two seasons.
McVay debunked the idea that Goff is solely responsible for the Rams’ offensive regression, telling reporters Thursday that is “not at all true.”
“The unfair narrative is that part of our drop in production is exclusively due to the quarterback,” he said. “This is not true at all. Certainly I have a big part in this area.
McVay partially blamed himself for the difficulties of the attack, citing the game and not putting his players in a position to succeed – something he has often criticized himself for in the past.
While he didn’t deny that the quarterback is responsible for much of a team’s success (or lack thereof), he stressed that it’s not the only position that determines wins. and losses.
“Football is the ultimate team sport. This quarterback position is essential to your success, but it’s not exclusively the reason or the reason not, ”he said. “There is an element which, absolutely, concerns the 10 around him. it’s about what kind of things do we do to get our players in the most favorable places? And when you go back and watch, there’s a lot of layers in every snap and every play and it’s not exclusive to the quarterback. There are a lot of times I look back and say, “Dude, I got to do a better job.” And then there are some where we have to execute, whether it’s up front, tight ends, receivers, running backs or quarterback. This is what makes football such a unique game. “
While Goff had his weakness, especially in the turnover department, McVay wants him to be better for his quarterback in some areas, especially when it comes to real-time communication during games.
“There are a lot of things when I tell myself that I would have liked to be better for him in certain cases,” he said.
Sean McVay says he wished he had been a better communicator with Jared Goff “in those real-time situations”, especially in the middle of games.
– Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) 25 February 2021
McVay said he and Goff had spoken since the trade was agreed and wished him luck in Detroit, but was unable to speak to Matthew Stafford due to the league’s tampering policy.