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Los Angeles Rams’ Sean McVay says happiness with Matthew Stafford no slight to Jared Goff

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams mentor Sean McVay was asked Thursday what he thought of new quarterback Matthew Stafford.

“I consider I have been quite joyful,” McVay stated, upbeat. “All people claims, ‘Man, you just appear to be like you’re in a far better mood this offseason,’ and I stated, ‘You’re damn right I am.'”

That was in the early afternoon, for the duration of a information meeting done by the Tremendous Bowl host committee at SoFi Stadium, the house of Tremendous Bowl LVI in February.

By early evening, subsequent the Rams’ last obligatory minicamp apply and following stories ended up released with McVay’s comment, the fifth-yr head mentor did not show up so delighted.

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“I loathe that I even have to say this, but I consider I built a comment that was unquestionably taken out of context,” McVay stated as he opened his post-apply information meeting, seemingly shocked that stories pointed out the departure of quarterback Jared Goff in conjunction with Stafford’s arrival and the change in McVay’s mood. “I am quite psyched. I am in a fantastic mood since of the self confidence that I have in this crew. But by no usually means is that a slight to anybody, you know, like Jared, who has carried out a phenomenal occupation for the previous four a long time right here.”

Two months following shedding to the Green Bay Packers in a divisional playoff, the Rams traded Goff, two 1st-spherical picks and a 3rd-spherical decide to the Detroit Lions in trade for Stafford.

The No. 1 overall decide in 2016, Goff had expended five seasons with the Rams, like four with McVay. Having said that, following winning back again-to-back again division titles and an NFC championship with each other, McVay and Goff’s connection started to falter subsequent a tough reduction to the New England Patriots in Tremendous Bowl LIII that was followed by two inconsistent seasons for Goff and the Rams’ offense. Finally Stafford’s request for a trade following 12 seasons with the Lions marked the stop for Goff in L.A.

But inspite of declaring his joy and far better mood when asked about Stafford, McVay was adamant that his angle change was not a byproduct of Goff’s departure.

“I hated that I even have to address that, but I did consider out of respect for [Goff] and all the fantastic issues that he’s carried out, I am in a fantastic mood, but that won’t necessarily mean it is not since we’re functioning with each other or since of just Stafford solely,” McVay stated. “There is a good deal of fantastic issues heading on that I really feel genuinely fantastic about and I am self-assured about, so never twist my words when I failed to say that.”

With Stafford’s arrival, the Rams are hopeful to return to the Tremendous Bowl.

The No. 1 overall decide in 2009, Stafford still left Detroit as the franchise’s all-time chief in each passing class. Having said that, he has nonetheless to get a playoff game in 3 appearances.

As a result of the offseason program, like the 3-working day obligatory minicamp, Stafford built a rapid impact on teammates and McVay.

“It is really been wonderful with Matt, getting a veteran quarterback that is performed a good deal of ball in this league,” receiver DeSean Jackson stated.

“This person, he’s a distinctive person,” McVay stated about Stafford. “I consider one particular of the ideal techniques that I can describe him when you hear persons that have been about him, there is certainly a identified self confidence the place when he walks into a area, you really feel his existence, but he’s got a great humility about himself, all people loves currently being about him and he’s one particular of individuals men that is a legitimate igniter. He makes all people about him far better.”

Stafford, 33, stated functioning with McVay has been “great.”

“Naturally, I have got a good deal of respect for what he’s been in a position to do and accomplish at a younger age as a head mentor in the NFL and gotten to engage in from some of his offenses at certain times, so I got a good deal of respect for him,” Stafford stated. “It is really been great functioning with him and just seeking to get this point rolling.”