How does Jared Goff feel about going to the Detroit Lions? He’s probably just excited that as of today, it seems a little less likely that he will have to compete to start next season. Though that is still far from guaranteed in Detroit.
NFL Network’s Mike Silver tweeted on Sunday that Goff told him that he was “just excited to be somewhere that I know wants me and appreciates me.”
I spoke to Jared Goff after he was traded to the Lions. He told me, "I'm just excited to be somewhere that I know wants me and appreciates me." Column coming later today, and we'll have more on @nflnetwork at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific @AroundTheNFL— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) January 31, 2021
The LA Rams likely lost some of that desire and appreciation based on Goff’s two recent seasons. After starting a Super Bowl during the 2018-2019 season, Goff was “wanted” enough to sign a four-year contract extension that is set to begin next season. But Goff saw his yards per attempt, net yards per attempt, and adjusted net yards per attempt get worse in successive seasons since signing the deal, and he has thrown 42 touchdowns against 29 interceptions over his last 31 starts.
The Rams went 18-13 in those games, with Goff struggling in a number of key areas, including mobility, deep passing, and accuracy.
Los Angeles moved on from Goff and rid themselves of most of that contract on Saturday, dealing him and three draft picks to the Lions for Matthew Stafford. That’s the QB who the Rams now “want” and “appreciate.”