Jared Goff turned a corner in his second season as the Los Angeles Rams starting quarterback and now much continue his progression and get over that final hump.
The Los Angeles Rams went from one of the league’s worst teams to one of its most exciting after Sean McVay took over as head coach and reinvented a stagnant team.
Perhaps the promising rebirth for the Los Angeles Rams was quarterback Jared Goff, who had legitimate concerns around him after his rookie season. Goff looked terrible in his rookie year, and while he was still very young, the NFL is a very impatient league.
Since McVay took over though, Goff has turned himself into quite the quarterback and has put up great numbers. Goff has put together elite numbers in passing yards and passing touchdowns the last two seasons.
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Goff is fifth in passing yards with 8,492 yards since 2017 and ranks fourth in passing touchdowns with 60. Russell Wilson is the only quarterback in the league that has a higher touchdown percentage with at least 25 games played over the last two years.
If you just look at the numbers then you would think that Goff is elite, even though he has not gotten over that hump. Goff has had the privilege of playing for one of the best offensive minds in football behind one of the best offensive lines with some of the best offensive weapons.
Heck, Goff has Todd Gurley to lean on, who is the team’s motor on offense, not Goff.
This does not mean that Goff is not a good quarterback. You cannot throw just any quarterback into the Rams and expect the same results. Goff has transitioned into a great, above-average quarterback that is getting better game-by-game.
However, he does lack that certain elite factor that he will need to secure in order for the Rams to return to the Super Bowl and actually win it.
He outdueled Drew Brees in the NFC Championship game, which might seem like it negates this entire article. However, if we are being honest, the Saints should have won that game if it was not for the missed PI call and it was the defense in overtime that essentially won the game.
Don’t get me wrong, Goff made some great plays in that game that should give every fan a reason to be excited.
The Super Bowl showed the negative side of Goff, a still inexperienced quarterback that does not excel when he is forced to make decisions on the fly. The Patriots did a great job of making Goff be the one to beat them, something the young quarterback could not overcome.
Of course, it hurt the Rams that Gurley was not 100 percent but a title-winning quarterback has to play better than Goff played in the Super Bowl. If you told every NFL fan that the Patriots would score just 13 points in the Super Bowl then 99 percent would assume the Rams won.
That was not the case. Goff was forced to be the ultimate difference maker and ultimately couldn’t make that difference.
If Goff can get over that hump then there is a very good chance that he will win a Super Bowl in his career. If not, the Los Angeles Rams are going to have a much harder road to winning it all.