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AND IKEA, CA. — Sean McVay’s words were behind him, but not before the Los Angeles Rams coach answered a specific question about Jared Goff’s status as a Rams quarterback.
Yes, he’s our quarterback, McVay said earlier in a Zoom session with reporters.
It was Saturday, just after a 32-18 divisional playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers that ended the Rams’ season.
On Sunday, during his last video conference with reporters before the off-season break, Mr. McVay was asked to clarify his statement.
Everything is evaluated, McVeigh said. I’m not prepared to make any statements about anyone – starting position or not, we’re going to have a certain level of competition in everything we do.
Throughout his four seasons as coach, McVay has focused on competition within the team, but this was the first time the problem involved a quarterback.
There are four seasons left on Goff’s $110 million guaranteed contract, but McVay has no guarantee of a spot on Goff’s list on Sunday.
We’re in an assessment mode, McVay said when asked if there was a scenario in which Goff would not be on the 2021 list. We’re moving forward, we’re looking forward and I can’t answer any of these questions until I’ve stepped back and assessed everything that’s in the Rams’ best interest.
The Rams’ offense was erratic throughout the 10-6 season, and the frustration between McVay and Goff became evident as the season progressed. Goff, who rushed for 3,962 yards and 20 touchdowns with 17 turnovers, was publicly criticized by McVay for the first time in four seasons combined after suffering several turnovers in a 23-20 loss to a Division 49 opponent in San Francisco during Week 12.
Our quarterback needs to take better care of the football, McVay said after the game.
In a 20-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16, Goff missed the game for the division title for 234 yards with an interception that he called one of the worst games of his five-year career, but he also deserves credit for finishing the game after breaking his thumb at the end of the third quarter.
The next day, Goff had surgery in hopes of being back in time for the playoffs.
Former free agent John Wolford made his NFL debut in Week 17, helping the Rams to an 18-7 victory.
As the Rams prepared for next week’s rematch against the Seahawks in the wild-card playoffs, Goff told McVay he could play, but earlier in the week McVay decided to name Wolford as the starter while Goff continued to recover.
Against the Seahawks, however, Wolford had to leave in the first quarter because of a neck injury, and Goff went 155 yards and a touchdown to lead the Rams to a 30-20 victory.
After the game, Goff said it was difficult when McVay told him earlier in the week that Walford would start.
As a competitor, of course I wanted to be there, I wanted to play and I felt I could make a difference, Goff said. He’s a coach, he had to make a decision at the beginning of the week to get ahead of things. I get it. But as an opponent, of course I wanted to play and I was ready to play.
With Wolford eliminated for the divisional round game against the Packers, Goff started – less than three weeks from thumb surgery – and completed 21 of 27 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown.
My job is to win the game, Goff said when asked after the game if he felt personal satisfaction in his work. There are absolutely no moral victories, especially in the playoffs.
You saw the man who came in. He did his best, I thought he made some plays, saw the field, McVay said after the game. He did well today.
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