“I think I was very happy,” McVeigh said optimistically. “Everyone says, ‘Man, you seem to be in a better off-season mood,’ and I said, ‘You’re absolutely right. “
It was early afternoon, during a press conference held by the Super Bowl host committee at SoFi Stadium, the home of Super Bowl LVI in February.
By early evening, after the Rams’ mandatory final mini-camp practice and after reports were published with McVay commenting, the Year 5 coach didn’t look happy.
“I hate to say this, but I think I made a comment that was definitely taken out of context,” McVeigh said as he opened his post-training press conference, apparently surprised that reports had mentioned the midfielder’s departure. Jared Goff Coinciding with Stafford’s arrival, McVeigh’s mood shifts. “I’m very excited. I’m in a good mood because of the confidence I have in this team. But it’s by no means a minor thing for anyone, you know, like Jared, who has done an amazing job in the last four years here.”
Gauff was the #1 overall pick in 2016, having spent five seasons with the Rams, including four seasons with McVeigh. However, after winning back-to-back division titles and the NFC Championship together, McVay and Goff’s relationship began to falter after a tough loss to the team. New England Patriots In Super Bowl LIII that was followed by two mismatched offense seasons for Goff and the Rams. Ultimately, Stafford’s trade request after 12 seasons with the Lions marked the end of a hollow in Los Angeles أن
But despite declaring his happiness and better mood when asked about Stafford, McVeigh was adamant that his change of position was not a by-product of Goff’s departure.
“I hated that I even had to process this, but I thought about it out of respect [Goff] And all the good things he’s done, I’m in a good mood, but that doesn’t mean it’s not because we work together or just because of Stafford exclusively, McVeigh said. “There are a lot of good things going on that I feel good about and I am sure of, so don’t misrepresent my words when I didn’t say it.”
With Stafford’s arrival, the Rams hope to return to the Super Bowl.
1 overall pick in 2009, Stafford left Detroit as the franchise’s all-time leader in every pass category. However, he has yet to win a playoff in three matches.
With an Offseason program, including the mandatory three-day mini-camp, Stafford made an instant impression on his teammates and McVay.
“He’s been fantastic with Matt, having a veteran midfielder who’s played a lot of ball in this league,” the receiver D Shane Jackson He said.
“This guy, he’s a special guy,” McVeigh said of Stafford. “I think one of the best ways I can describe him is when you hear about people who have been around him, there is a known confidence where when he enters a room you feel his presence, but he has great humility towards himself, everyone loves being around him and he is one of those guys who really ignites that. He makes everyone around him better.”
Stafford, 33, said working with McVeigh was “fantastic.”
“Obviously, I have a lot of respect for what he was able to do and accomplish at such a young age as a head coach in the NFL and played against some of his offenses at certain times, so I got a lot of fun working with him and trying to get that,” Stafford said. this thing.”