Are critics right to declare Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff a bust?
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff has yet to take a snap in 2017, but already the long knives from critics are out.
Bust: Is he or isn’t he?
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Seven games into a career where his record is 0-7, is pretty early to render such a verdict. However, when you’re the top overall pick, the curve is short on success and failure. When you’re a quarterback, it’s even shorter.
Thus far in this offseason, Goff is much better off today than he was 12 months ago. The rampant dysfunction that had engulfed the Rams is long gone. Today, the second year quarterback is knee deep in a full offseason of tutoring by someone who is offensive minded and offensive determined.
That wasn’t the deal last year.
Still, in May of year two, and after seven unimpressive games, critics seem prepared to offer an early referendum on Goff.
Granted, 0-7 is 0-7. He looked more overwhelmed than settled, and yes, he had no clue from which direction the sun would rise or set.
Like I said, he was unimpressive.
Fans and critics still have little clue about Goff. As the preseason unfolds and the 2017 season gets into full swing, Jared will have many opportunities to answer his critics by either proving them right or wrong. LA has provided him with options at the playmaking positions. At some point, he’ll have a field of experience where critics and fans can make the call on him being a bust or not.
But seven games into a career and during the offseason isn’t the time.
That said, the clock is ticking loud on him in LA, and as I’ve written a few times, this season is his chance, likely his best one chance to get it right. Also of note, Goff being a “bust” would be a stinging indictment of the organization.
If one is a bust, so is the other.
Without a doubt, both the Rams and Goff need it to work this year. If they don’t, it’ll be open season in Los Angeles for fans and critics alike to voice an opinion likely validated by a won/loss record and onfield performance.
But hey, at least we have Sean Mannion.