With a disastrous rookie year with the Los Angeles Rams under Jared Goff’s belt, let’s not forget two other great quarterbacks who struggled as rookies.
With the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected Jared Goff with the intention of the former California star eventually leading the offense to the promised land. Between an 0-7 record along with a disappointing 54.6 completion percentage, it’s easy to see why Goff’s first NFL experience was such a disaster, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to still turn things around.
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Quarterbacks are not defined by only one season in the NFL, but by how they perform throughout an entire career. For example, Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman were two former No. 1 picks who had disastrous rookie seasons, but would eventually go on to win multiples championship along with earning spots in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Bradshaw led the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty to four Super Bowls throughout his career, but before that success, he had one of the worst rookie seasons for a first-round quarterback rookie from a statistics standpoint. Even though the Steelers ended up with a 5-9 record during Bradshaw’s rookie season in 1970, his measly 38.07 completion percentage while having a 6:24 TD:INT ratio was certainly an eyesore.
As for three-time Super Bowl champion Aikman, the quarterback had the closest comparison to Goff’s rookie year, who went winless like Goff his first season with an 0-11 record. To top it off, Aikman’s completion percentage was also similar to Goff’s (52.90) with a TD:INT ratio of 9:18.
With that being said, I am in no way insisting that Goff will be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, but simply saying that good things take time. With Goff quickly learning how to run Sean McVay‘s offense along with an improved offensive line and receiving corps, this season should show us why Los Angeles traded up for their beloved quarterback in 2016.