At a press conference at SoFi Stadium conducted by the Super Bowl host committee, McVay was asked to comment on Stafford.
“I think I was very happy,” McVay said with a smile. “Everybody’s like, ‘Dude, you seem to be in a better mood this offseason,’ and I said, ‘I’m right. “”
Two weeks after losing to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional playoffs, the Rams traded quarterback Jared goff, two first-round picks and one third-round pick in the Detroit Lions in exchange for Stafford.
Goff, the first overall pick in 2016, had spent five seasons with the Rams, four with McVay. However, after winning back-to-back division titles and an NFC championship together, their relationship began to falter after a difficult loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. Ultimately, Stafford’s request to trade after 12 seasons with the Lions marked Goff’s end in LA.
With the arrival of Stafford, the Rams are hoping for a return to the Super Bowl, which will be played in February at SoFi Stadium.
“This guy is a special guy,” McVay, 35, said of Stafford. “I think one of the best ways to describe him when you hear from people who have been around him, there is a known confidence where when he walks into a room you feel his presence, but he has great humility towards him. himself. Everyone loves being around him, and he’s one of those guys who is a real teaser. He makes everyone around him better. “
Stafford, 33, said working with McVay had been “awesome”.
“Obviously I have a lot of respect for what he was able to do and accomplish at a young age as an NFL head coach and I was able to play some of his offenses at times, so I have a lot of respect for him, “Stafford said.” It’s been great working with him and trying to get things done. “
The Rams concluded their offseason schedule Thursday with a mandatory minicamp practice at SoFi Stadium in front of an expected crowd of around 30,000.