Sean McVay admits he could have handled the Jared Goff departure better

USA Today

Jared Goff is having a fantastic run as the quarterback of the Detroit Lions. It took a little time for Goff to get to this point after his messy divorce from the Los Angeles Rams and head coach Sean McVay.

Now that Goff is facing his old team and coach in Sunday’s postseason game in Ford Field, McVay admits that time has healed some of the wounds. McVay also acknowledged he inflicted those wounds on Goff and is pleased that the Lions quarterback is back to playing really good football.

McVay was asked about the impression that he never took a stake in the moment with Goff in Los Angeles in dismissing Goff after three playoff runs in four seasons.

“I just think growing as a person, handling every situation the way that you want to with perspective, respect, appreciation,” McVay said. “The thing that I’ll never run away from are mistakes that I’ve made in previous instances. But when you look back on it the gratitude for those four years, all the good memories that we had. And then when you end up making a change that ended up being difficult and could it have been handled better on my end? Absolutely. I’ll never run away from that.”

An introspective McVay continued,

“But the further you get away from it, the more that you try to grow as a man, as a person, as the leader that you want to become. He deserved better than the way that it all went down. I’ll acknowledge that. I think he knows that too. I’m not afraid to admit to those things, but I think we’re all better being able to look back on those things and I do have more appreciation for him as time goes on.”

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