For four weeks, Jared Goff seemed to have answered his critics from his 0-7, 2016 season. And despite a lackluster performance in Week 5, the second year quarterback showed that while he can be very good and avoid turnovers, he still has work to do.
Last week was clearly a frustrating watch for Rams fans.
After a statement type of game against Dallas, Los Angeles looked to be in prime position to assert themselves into the discussion of NFC playoff possibilities.
That talk will have to wait.
But the upside, and frankly the reality, is that Goff is developing into a good NFL quarterback. In that final Rams drive, he made the kind of throws down the field that gives you confidence that it’s only a matter of repetitions. And while he’s clearly developed a rapport with rookie Cooper Kupp, he’ll need to spread it around as defenses know he likes Kupp too.
This game in Week 6 is the one where he needs to show that the two interception game against Seattle was a blip, and won’t be a trend. It’s this game, knowing he’ll face another quality defense, that he has to show he can adjust and raise his game and those around him to win on the road.
A loss isn’t the end of the discussion for the Los Angeles Rams in Jacksonville. But don’t mistake that the perception changes when you’re 3-3, but can’t win on the road to go to 4-2.
In a game where the eye test can be everything, Jared Goff needs to prove that there is more to his game than what we saw last Sunday.