Troy Aikman got caught in the middle of Jared Goff’s ugly departure from the Rams, and he didn’t seem to like it.
Former Fox Sports player and current football analyst was mentioned in a column by Michael Silver of NFL.com. Silver spoke with Goff about his Rams exit, which did not end on very good terms. After speaking with Goff, Silver called the split a “messy treatment” and “disrespectful divorce strategy” in his column.
Silver also said Goff was “caught off guard” by the decision and “neither Snead nor McVay told him the team wanted to move on, or anything close.” And from the way Silver writes it, it seems Goff felt that McVay was using Aikman as a spokesperson to criticize the quarterback.
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Regularly trashed this season on FOX shows, particularly those with Troy Aikman as senior analyst, Goff could reasonably assume that McVay’s words about his quarterback’s play in network production meetings were far from over. be brilliant.
There is some value to that, at least as far as Aikman criticizing Goff is concerned. A simple Twitter search of the two names will bring up results such as Aikman saying, “It doesn’t get uglier than that,” after an interception in week 16. He said before a week 12 game, “You know Bill Belichick wants the game in the hands of Jared Goff.”
There was also this observation from veteran ESPN NFL reporter Jeff Darlington.
Aikman almost feels uncomfortable paying homage to Jared Goff for literally not missing a snap after putting his thumb back in place. I can’t understand her disdain for him. So weird.
– Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) December 27, 2020
But it’s one thing for Aikman to be critical, and quite another to accuse him of echoing McVay’s comments.
When asked by Sports Illustrated About Silver’s column on him, Aikman retaliated with a strong response.
“Unlike Michael Silver, I strive to be fair and balanced and I don’t have an agenda in my job,” Aikman said. “The record will show that I have been a strong supporter of Jared Goff over the years. Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Rams and Jared Goff, he hasn’t done his best in the games I’ve broadcast this season and I’m confident Jared would be the first to agree.
That’s an interesting response from Aikman, mainly in that it’s a strong statement. But also because he didn’t respond directly to the comment that McVay spoke badly about Goff during production meetings.
Either way, it’s clear that Aikman didn’t like what was written about him.