Dylan Hernandez: After trading Jared Goff, Sean McVay has nowhere to run if Rams fail

Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — The videoconference started with a warning from a Rams spokesman: Coach Sean McVay was prohibited by league rules from discussing any trades to which the team has agreed.

Didn't matter.

Three questions in, McVay was talking about the importance of being more explosive on offense, of throwing downfield more.

"I think when you have to go 12- and 15-play drives consistently," McVay said, "your margin for error is so small."

Unsaid but implied was that Matthew Stafford throws a better deep ball than the quarterback he is replacing.

The swap of Stafford for Jared Goff and draft picks becomes official March 17.


The Rams will have the passer necessary to make the adjustments they failed to make over the last two seasons. It's now up to McVay to translate the changes into victories.

McVay has embraced the responsibility, as he went out of his way Thursday to mention how improving the team's big-play capabilities started with him.

If the decline of a once-potent offense resulted in the Rams trading Goff, the downward trend also forced the 35-year-old McVay to self-reflect.

In his first two seasons with the Rams, McVay's attack was built around running back Todd Gurley.


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