Los Angeles Rams: Goff earning Pro Bowl trip well deserving

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Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles heading to Minnesota for the Super Bowl, Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams is officially going to the 2018 Pro Bowl.

Last January, one of the main reasons why the Los Angeles Rams were so interested in bringing Sean McVay on board as head coach was due to the potential he had with helping Jared Goff reach a whole new level at quarterback. If McVay was able to get the best out of Kirk Cousins during his time as offensive coordinator with the Washington Redskins before joining the Rams, why couldn’t the same be done with Goff during his second season under center?

During his rookie season, Goff received a ton of unfair criticism since it was difficult for him to produce due to poor protection on the offensive line along with one of the league’s weakest receiving corps. But thanks to McVay focusing on improving these areas when he came on board through free agency and the NFL Draft, Goff was able to look like a completely different quarterback during his sophomore campaign.

Not only did the former California standout finish the year by throwing for 3,804 yards to go along with 28 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, but also Goff played a major role in helping Los Angeles win their first NFC West title since 2003. Also, the Rams became the first team to go from worst to first in scoring after averaging 14 points per game in 2016 to 29.9 point per game this year, so Goff deserves plenty of credit for helping make that happen as well.

And even though Goff wasn’t originally named to the 2018 Pro Bowl roster, early signs pointed to the Rams quarterback eventually earning a trip to Orlando as a replacement to Carson Wentz, who suffered a torn ACL back in Week 14. Thanks to Wentz’s Eagles earning a trip to the Super Bowl after crushing the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship, Goff was officially named to the Pro Bowl over the weekend.

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As much as Goff and the rest of his teammates would have preferred to be the ones representing the NFC in Minnesota for a shot at the Lombardi Trophy, the good news for Los Angeles is this season was a major step in the right direction when considering the team only won four games all of last year. Without question, Goff deserves to be part of the Pro Bowl experience in Orlando with some of his other teammates after everything he was able to accomplish this season, and what’s even more exciting is he’s just getting things started for what should be an amazing career.