As the Los Angeles Rams officially turned the page from one-time face of the franchise Jared Goff and introduced their new starting quarterback Matthew Stafford late last week, coach Sean McVay did his best to keep the focus on the present and the future rather than the recent past.

But because NFL rules had prevented the Rams from commenting on January’s blockbuster trade until the start of the league year made the transaction official, questions lingered regarding the Rams’ decision to send Goff (the player the Rams traded up to select first overall in 2016 and then awarded a $134-million contract extension in September of 2019), two first-round picks and a third-rounder to Detroit in exchange for Stafford.

Rumors of McVay’s dissatisfaction with Goff had swirled after signs of regression in each of the last two seasons, but the coach avoided divulging details of any issues he had with the quarterback’s play. He spoke diplomatically of Goff and predicted that he would do well with the Lions. 

The move, McVay said, had more to do with Stafford than Goff.