Rams McVay looking forward to evaluating Jared Goff on Sunday

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Because preseason football is just that, “preseason,” Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay is looking forward to finally getting to evaluate quarterback Jared Goff on Sunday.

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay will coach in his first NFL regular season football game on Sunday as they take on the Indianapolis Colts in the Coliseum. It’s also his first chance to see his starting quarterback, Jared Goff, in something other than practice or exhibition football.

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“I think anytime that you get guys in the games, that’s where you get a chance to really evaluate them,” said McVay courtesy of Pro Football Talk.

In the preseason, Goff saw his best work come in Week 2 when the Rams played the Oakland Raiders, going 16/20 for 160 yards and throwing for one touchdown. It was also a half of error free football. However, that performance was followed up by an uneven game against the Los Angeles Chargers the following week.

"“I think we’ve been really pleased with what we’ve seen in practice – the pocket movement, the ability to work through progressions. The best test is when you can truly get tackled and I think in spurts, he’s showed some really good positive signs of going in the right direction with what he did in the preseason.”"

I’ll be honest, and I don’t question McVay for how he played Goff in the preseason, but the idea that he gets to “really evaluate” his young quarterback beginning Week 1 of the regular season best illustrates how NFL teams now view exhibition football.

Rams football in August was remarkably uneventful given a new head coach, two quarterbacks who have never won an NFL regular season game, and an offense that is practically brand new given what we all witnessed in 2016.

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So if you’re scratching your head wondering just what it is fans will see come Sunday against the Colts, feel assured you may not be the only one.

"“Certainly this game on Sunday will offer a great opportunity for us to see if what we feel like the confidence that we have in him and that we expect to see. Looking forward to seeing him deliver and we have a lot of confidence in Jared that he’ll do that.”"

McVay and the rest of the Rams organization may feel the same way you do.