Rams head coach Sean McVay crushed Jared Goff’s soul with sideline outbursts
Former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff did not appreciate the tough love from head coach Sean McVay over the course of the last two seasons.
Lindsey Thiry of ESPN wrote about the increasingly tenuous relationship between Goff–who was traded to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford–and McVay in a behind-the-scenes look inside the Rams’ locker room.
McVay reportedly started coaching Goff harder when the offense first began to stall during the 2019 season:
“Sean got more involved, was tougher on Jared and didn’t realize that he wasn’t building him back up,” a league source said, via Thiry.
Thing apparently began to crumble from that point.
Thiry reported Goff and McVay complained about one another to others. This is not a big surprise, considering all the reports suggesting McVay routinely told FOX analyst Troy Aikman of his qualms with Goff’s performance.
The quarterback-head coach duo never took the time to address the issues off the field. Instead, McVay continued to criticize Goff and shine a negative spotlight on his star pupil. He even went after the former No. 1 pick on the sidelines:
“It gradually became more hostile, with McVay cussing out Goff, and Goff would feel crushed,” a league source said, via Thiry.
It is pretty wild the Goff-McVay relationship could have experienced such a fall from grace after the partnership bore such incredible fruits in 2018.
The Rams had the second-highest scoring offense in the NFL that season, with Goff throwing for close to 4,700 yards and 32 touchdowns.
However, offensive struggles in 2019 and 2020 apparently brought more aggressiveness out of McVay. There certainly seems to have been some semblance of blame-placing going on, considering McVay has garnered criticism for his play-calling in the past couple of seasons.
Both parties will be looking for a fresh start, with Goff in Detroit and McVay starting a new partnership with Stafford.