Goff ready to face Rams on Sunday
By: Mike Stiles -
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Jared Goff (photo courtesy of Detroit Free Press)
(ALLEN PARK, MI) - Despite being more than 2,000 miles away from California, Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff couldn't hide the "sourness" that he feels about how his trade from the Los Angeles Rams unfolded, with no communication. However, as the former Rams star gets set to make his return to SoFi Stadium he won't let the reunion ruin his focus, which is to help the 0-6 Lions try to get their first victory on Sunday. Goff says despite how everything was handled in the off season, he will play game just how he would any other game, and he's not worried about feeling some type of way once the game starts. The Lions traded Matthew Stafford to the Rams in March for Goff, a 2021 third-round pick and first-round selections in 2022 and 2023. Stafford has the Rams off to a 5-1 start while the Lions are the only winless team in the league. The trade was orchestrated by first-year Lions general manager Brad Holmes, who worked with Rams from 2003 to '20, most recently as director of college scouting. It was done gearing toward the future of the franchise. On Monday, Rams coach Sean McVay expressed regret about how the deal went down with sending Goff to Detroit. McVay said he wishes "there was better, clearer communication," which Goff now acknowledges wasn't the case. Goff felt blindsided by the move after having no contact with McVay or the Rams from the time the season ended until he received the call about the trade. Goff still ranks second in Rams history in completion percentage (63.4%) and second in franchise history in passer rating (91.5). He was voted captain three times after being the No. 1 overall pick in 2016.