The Los Angeles Rams made the league’s first big-splash move this past offseason after parting ways with quarterback Jared Goff. It sent the Rams toward a new promising path, with Matthew Stafford heading the charge. Meanwhile, Goff’s tenure with the Detroit Lions has quickly turned south with questions concerning his long-term future.
Jared Goff’s awkward departure from the Rams
After spending his first five seasons with the Rams, Goff saw his tenure come to a sudden close.
Shortly after the Rams’ playoff exit, Los Angeles jumped at the opportunity to acquire former Pro Bowl quarterback Matthew Stafford. It quickly resulted in moving the 27-year-old along with two first-round selections and a third-round pick in exchange for Stafford.
Since the move, various details have emerged concerning the matter, such as Goff and head coach Sean McVay holding a fractured relationship. The tumultuous situation led to an awkward conversation with McVay leading him to hang up on him after a brief discussion.
The tension remained in the months after the move as the two sides took the high road through the media. Fox Sports Peter Shrager reported on Sunday that McVay called Goff in July to clear the water through an hour-long conversation.
McVay voiced that he felt that he received closure due to airing his support and respect toward the veteran quarterback. However, Goff’s first season with the Lions is progressively heading down a concerning path.
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Goff holds the fresh opportunity in Detroit to re-establish himself as one of the game’s top young quarterbacks.
However, the 2021 season has quickly turned into a disastrous start, as Detroit has lost their first six games. The Lions haven’t had any luck on their side, with a pair of losses coming from last-second field goals.
Meanwhile, Goff’s production has been substandard as he ranks 17th with 1,505 passing yards, tied for 20th with seven passing touchdowns, and 29th with a 33.0 quarterback rating. All that has guided head coach Dan Campbell to call out the former Pro Bowl quarterback.
“I feel like he has to step up more than he has and I think he needs to help us, just like everybody else,” Campbell said, via ESPN’s Eric Woodyard. “He’s gonna need to put a little bit of weight on his shoulders here and it’s time to step up, make some throws and do some things, but he needs help.”
It marks the first time Campbell took a firm approach with the 27-year-old in his brief tenure. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Goff is currently not in danger of losing his starting job while evaluations for the future are ongoing.
He is currently in the first year of his four-year, $134 million deal that runs through the 2024 season. It features only a $10 million dead cap hit for the 2023 campaign. Goff has his future in his hands, and his performance over the rest of the year will be a significant factor in determining his fate ahead.
Rams are excelling with Matthew Stafford
The Rams have quickly garnered success with Stafford leading the charge, holding a 5-1 record through the first six weeks.
Stafford is showing increased comfort running the offense aside from the lone hiccup performance against the undefeated Arizona Cardinals. He’s currently fourth with 1,838 passing yards, tied for third with 16 touchdown passes, first with a 74.9 quarterback rating, and holds a career-high 116.6 passer rating.
Stafford has elevated the Rams into making a strong push toward the playoffs and much further. More than half of the regular season still lies, but Los Angeles is in a promising spot.