Will Rams coaching losses hurt the progress Goff made in 2017?

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The Los Angeles Rams will have a lot of new looks come the 2018 season, and not just on the field. But will some of those changes to McVay’s offensive coaching circle affect how well quarterback Jared Goff continues to improve?

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff had the year fans had hoped for, and the one he desperately needed. The addition last offseason of Sean McVay took what was completely broken and ineffective in the then 0-7 QB, and turned him into a 11-5 starter.

And the rest is NOT history.

At least not yet.

The 2018 Rams will have a fresh look, most expectedly on defense. But like today’s National Football League, it’ll be the offense that garners the headlines and drives the LA narrative.

Not to be overlooked, is the subtractions to McVay’s offensive circle with the losses of quarterback coach Greg Olson and most recently OC Matt LaFleur, and how it may, or may not affect the growth of Goff.

Fact is, the third year quarterback is still a work in progress. His second season success was a combination of several factors, and not just the addition of McVay. Contribution from Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley, and receivers Cooper Kupp and especially Robert Woods, had Goff look to be flirting with a long-shot MVP nod late in the season.

And let’s not forget how well the offensive line held together.

That’s A LOT to hope will work well next year.

The question looking ahead is whether McVay, sans his top offensive lieutenants, can provide similar results.

That could be a heavy lift, even for the 2017 NFL Coach of the Year.

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Most league pundits believe, and it makes some sense, that the Rams have segued from a defensive centric team, to one capable of being an offensive juggernaut. But even the most rabid McVay fans should concede it wasn’t just McVay. That said, it’ll be him who will be the face of whatever success or set-back Goff may, or may not experience this coming season.

Like I said, Goff is a work in progress.

Next season may show McVay as a second year head coach is too.