Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay regrets how he handled the Jared Goff but he has vowed to learn from it and act better next time. Nine months ago, the Rams sent Goff and multiple picks to the Detroit Lions in an exchange for Matthew Stafford.
"Yes, I wish there was better, clearer communication," McVay said on Monday. "To say that it was perfectly handled on my end, I wouldn't be totally accurate in that. I'll never claim to be perfect, but I will try to learn from some things that I can do better, and I think that was one of them without a doubt."
This Sunday, Goff returns to Los Angeles to face the Rams at SoFi Stadium. "I think he'll be received well," McVay said about Goff's return to L.A., where he spent five seasons after the Rams traded up 15 spots to select him first overall in 2016.
"I think the L.A. fans and I think the Rams fans know what a great job he had done and how much -- I think how much he meant to the Rams organization both as a football player and also the community."
McVay and the Rams caught Goff off guard
After the trade was made, Goff revealed he was blindsided by the trade since there was no communication between him and the Rams.
"You don't want to catch guys off guard," McVay said. "It came together a lot faster than anybody anticipated, but yeah, of course I think that any time that tough decisions and things like that where people are affected, you always want to be as understanding, as empathetic as possible, think about it through the other person's lens and there's certainly things that I know I would do it a little bit differently if -- when those situations arise in the future."
Stafford requested a trade from the Lions and the Rams reacted quickly. "That was why that decision was made and that was why things came together as quickly as they did because we felt like it was a rare opportunity to acquire a player of Matthew's caliber," McVay said.
"Those opportunities just don't come up often." Stafford has been great so far as the Rams own a 5-1 record. "He's so impressive in terms of his weekly rhythm and his consistency through these first six weeks," McVay said. "He's so steady and even-keeled, I don't think he'll make it bigger than what it is."