Goff’s low interception rate under pressure gives Rams more reasons for excitement

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Once again, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff received heavy praise from the folks at Pro Football Focus.

It’s hard to believe that around this time last year, there were some fans who were concerned about Jared Goff being the right answer for the Los Angeles Rams at quarterback, even if it was unfair to judge the former No. 1 pick based off his rookie season. Goff may have struggled to win a single game in seven starts as a rookie in 2016, but also the youngster deserved some benefit of the doubt when considering the Rams didn’t provide him with the best protection on the offensive line along with one of the league’s weakest receiving corps.

Luckily, all of that would change for Goff when Los Angeles decided to take the risk by making Sean McVay the youngest head coach in NFL history, which turned out to be the best decision the team could have been made. From McVay’s offense helping guys like Goff and Todd Gurley elevate their game to a whole new level to the Rams winning the NFC West title following an 11-5 finish, it’s amazing to see how much of a difference one year can make, especially at the quarterback position.

For a quarterback that had already been written off by many, what Goff was able to accomplish during his second NFL season was truly amazing, and it will be even more exciting to see what year three has in store for the California product. And while there were plenty of positive factors to takeaway from this past season, the one statistic that arguably stood out the most on Goff’s end was his low interception rate under pressure, as our friends over at Pro Football Focus pointed out.

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During the regular season, Goff managed to complete 62.1 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,804 yards to go along with 28 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, making it easy to see why he ended up having the lowest interception rate under pressure in 2017. After this impressive accomplishment as a sophomore, maybe Goff’s numbers will be good enough next season to enter his name in the MVP conversation like his beloved teammate in Gurley. But most importantly, let’s hope the Rams pickup right where they left off by remaining serious contenders in the NFC, with Goff’s play being one of the numerous key factors as to why.