Jared Goff’s first five years in the NFL were a roller coaster of emotions and events. The times where he was at the top of the hill were being drafted number one overall, becoming a Pro Bowler for the first time, and making it to the Super Bowl.
The lows were when he struggled under former head coach Jeff Fisher and the past two seasons when the Rams looked like a shell of theirselves offensively compared to that 2018 season.
Following this season, Goff wasn’t going to hide his feelings anymore about the situation. In a recent conversation with Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times, he opened up about his trade to the Lions and his outlook on his career heading into a new city.
“As the quarterback, as the guy that’s at arguably the most important position on the field, if you’re in a place that you’re not wanted and they want to move on from you, the feeling’s mutual,” Goff explained to Farmer. “You don’t want to be in the wrong place. It became increasingly clear that was the case. [The trade] is something that I’m hopeful is going to be so good for my career.”
If things truly got that out of hand with both the team and his relationship with Sean McVay, then it’s no surprise Goff started focusing on his career away from the Rams. The two sides could have come together and tried a dozen methods to fix things up, but sometimes that’s just no better than treading water and going nowhere. The final decision to go their separate ways seems to be the final band-aid that needed to be ripped off in the end.
Here’s to hoping both sides can flourish going forward.
Now for today’s links.
Jared Goff admits him and the Rams both “wanted to move on” (ESPN)
The NFL Shop is not letting fans purchase custom Matthew Stafford jerseys yet (The Rams Wire)
Stu Jackson highlights free agent safety John Johnson III (TheRams.com)
Rams fans aren’t engaging with the team on social media compared to the rest of the NFL’s fans (Ramblin’ Fan)
Ranking Chiefs-Bucs players from 1-53 (ESPN)
History says the Chiefs are expected to lose in Super Bowl 55 (ESPN)
The Bucs will not be able to fire their cannons despite playing at home in the Super Bowl (NFL.com)
Packers rookie QB Jordan Love isn’t worried about the future (NFL.com)
Peyton Manning is expected to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer (Pro Football Talk)
Ranking the Super Bowls from 1-54 (CBS Sports)