4 reasons why Jared Goff will not beat Coach McVay in the Wild Card Round

The 2024 NFL Playoffs have arrived, and the LA Rams vs the Detroit Lions has created an epic confrontation of former Rams QB Jared Goff against Rams HC Sean McVay. So will Goff be able to exorcise his demons surrounding McVay? Not this time, and here are 3 reasons why:

Sean McVay, Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Sean McVay, Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams / Harry How/GettyImages
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The LA Rams are no strangers to wild NFL narratives that play out better than Hollywood scripts, and the Wild Card Round of the 2024 NFL Playoffs are no exception. Thanks to no small twist of fate, the LA Rams (10-7), and Head Coach Sean McVay, must face the NFC North Division Champions, the Detroit Lions (12-5), and former Rams starting quarterback Jared Goff.

And like any sneak preview of an upcoming movie, NFL fans, and especially the fans of the Detroit Lions and the LA Rams, are getting bombarded with the dramatic fashion in which the LA Rams determined it best to part ways with former quarterback Jared Goff, and how the Rams seized an opportunity to exchange Goff, plus three draft picks, to the Detroit Lions after the 2020 NFL season for then starting Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

That has created a two-for-one scenario for NFL television producers for the upcoming NFL Playoffs version of Sunday Night Football: Former Rams starting quarterback Jared Goff must face his former team, the LA Rams, and his former coach, Rams HC Sean McVay. But at the same time, Rams starting quarterback Matthew Stafford must face his former team, the Detroit Lions, which is the very team he asked to be traded from after the 2020 NFL season.

Perhaps one of the things that is a bit challenging right now is the way that some of the history of the LA Rams and the decision to part ways with QB Jared Goff took place. This was not a narrative about QB Jared Goff initially. The tale of Jared Goff's departure from the Rams roster began with Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald, when a disheartened Donald shed tears after the Divisional Round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs, a heartbreaking loss by the Rams to the Green Bay Packers.