The Los Angeles Rams acquiring quarterback Matthew Stafford from the Lions this offseason was a double whammy for San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Not only was Stafford now joining a team within the NFC West, but Shanahan thought the Niners could make a play to trade for Stafford, too.
“That was frustrating,” Shanahan said on the Flying Coach podcast, where he appeared alongside Rams head coach Sean McVay. “Everyone was telling me it was a possibility, and Stafford in the man. I studied him hard coming out of college, and we played against him so. We know how good he is.”
The 49ers were reported as one of the teams interested in Stafford, but Shanahan was not initially clear how much he wanted the quarterback, nor did he realize that the Rams were so close to a deal.
Shanahan said he received a call the night Stafford was traded and was told, “If you want Stafford you need to get a hold of him right now,” before news broke minutes later.
“If it makes you feel any better, it came together faster than I thought, too, Kyle,” McVay told the Niners head coach.
The 49ers instead traded up to draft Trey Lance with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft, with Jimmy Garoppolo also still on the roster as the potential starting quarterback this season.