The Los Angeles Rams traded quarterback Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions in return for quarterback Matthew Stafford. The move helped the Rams win the Super Bowl in 2021, but now, you could argue that Goff is playing better for the Lions than he ever did in Los Angeles. In fact, even Rams coach Sean McVay thinks that’s the case.
This week, Lions coach Dan Campbell claimed that Jared Goff was playing better for the Lions than he did for the Rams. When asked about Campbell’s comments, McVay seemed to agree with that assessment.
“I think Jared’s played at a really high level,” McVay said via the transcript distributed by the team, according to Pro Football Talk. “I’ll tell you what though, when you watch what he did last year, he played great. And I think because he’s so conscientious, repetition is the mother of learning. The more you play, the more you learn. You can really see he’s able to get through progressions quickly.
“They were asking a lot of him. He got a lot of different guys involved, took great care of the football, and so I think he’s only gotten better. He played really good football here for us, really grateful for those things. But I was really impressed with just the way that he led and the way that he ended up demonstrating a lot of the things that we want to embody, that mental toughness. I think he was like 29-7 in terms of touchdowns, interceptions, one of the better ratios, and threw for a bunch of yards and they were one of the top offenses. I was really happy to see how well he did. I think that’s probably a fair assessment because he’s only getting better.”
Obviously, the trade helped the Rams win a Super Bowl, but it will be interesting to see how it looks in hindsight if Goff keeps playing like this.