Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay is extremely happy about his new quarterback Matthew Stafford. This offseason, the Rams traded former No. 1 pick Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions and received Stafford in exchange. "I think I've been very happy," McVay said, upbeat, per ESPN.
"Everybody says, 'Man, you just seem like you're in a better mood this offseason,' and I said, 'You're damn right I am.' " Some thought that McVay's comment was a shot at Goff. McVay addressed it and insisted that his positive comments about Stafford weren't a shot at Goff.
"I hate that I even have to say this, but I think I made a comment that was definitely taken out of context," McVay said as he opened his post-practice news conference, seemingly surprised that reports mentioned the departure of quarterback Jared Goff in conjunction with Stafford's arrival and the shift in McVay's mood.
"I am very excited. I am in a good mood because of the confidence that I have in this team. But by no means is that a slight to anybody, you know, like Jared, who has done a phenomenal job for the last four years here."
McVay absolutely loves Stafford but respects Goff
"I hated that I even have to address that, but I did think out of respect for [Goff] and all the good things that he's done, I am in a good mood, but that doesn't mean it's not because we're working together or because of just Stafford exclusively," McVay said.
"There's a lot of good things going on that I feel really good about and I'm confident about, so don't twist my words when I didn't say that." The Rams are hoping Stafford will lead them to a Super Bowl.
"This guy, he's a special guy," McVay said about Stafford. "I think one of the best ways that I can describe him when you hear people that have been around him, there's a known confidence where when he walks into a room, you feel his presence, but he's got a great humility about himself, everybody loves being around him and he's one of those guys that's a true igniter.
He makes everybody around him better." Stafford also had nothing but good to say of coach McVay. "Obviously, I've got a lot of respect for what he's been able to do and accomplish at a young age as a head coach in the NFL and gotten to play against some of his offenses at certain times, so I got a lot of respect for him," Stafford said. "It's been great working with him and just trying to get this thing rolling."