He truly had the power to build his own team and do it under the supervision of a patient owner, Robert Kraft, with a good reputation for knowing what the hell he was doing. There was also the Parcells factor — he’d always be overshadowed as long as Parcells was still there.
Love left the arena early after feeling sick during an embarrassing 148-124 loss to the Thunder on ABC’s Saturday prime-time game on Jan. 20, and missed practice the following day. That led to a tumultuous team meeting when the Cavs convened for practice the following Monday, prompted by Thomas and Wade — two teammates Love was playing with for the first time. The confrontation began after Lue brought the team in to start practice and Love didn’t offer up anything about his status. Several team sources told ESPN they believe the meeting never would have occurred the way it did had Love provided an explanation.
There were still lingering feelings, sources told ESPN, from how Love handled a loss in Chicago last March when he fouled out midway through the fourth quarter and immediately retreated to the locker room, rather than remain on the bench in support of his team. Jefferson ran to the back to bring him back out, but the damage was done.
McVay had tons of work to do once he arrived in the City of Angels. He had to bolster the defense, find more playmakers on offense, and come up with different ways to get Todd Gurley the ball. But his biggest job was simple: Groom quarterback Jared Goff. Fortunately for Rams fans, McVay did just that and a lot more.
The biggest knock against the Rams during the Fisher era was they could not generate much offense. The Rams traded up to draft Goff with the No. 1 pick in 2016, but he didn’t start until midway through his rookie campaign. When he did, he threw just five touchdowns and seven interceptions in seven starts. That offense ranked dead last in the NFL.
McVay’s main priority over the offseason was to surround Goff with talent. He also incorporated a quick-rythym passing attack, an offense Goff flourished in during his collegiate career at California.