Rams quarterback Jared Goff won’t need to be elite, but Sean McVay will
By Steve Rivera
With the way the Los Angeles Rams are currently constructed, it isn’t quarterback Jared Goff who needs to be elite for LA to win, it’s head coach Sean McVay.
A lot has and will be said about the growth expected from Los Angeles Rams third year quarterback Jared Goff heading into this season. With a .500 record and an indicator that is pointing up, good times should continue for the LA signal caller.
But in this NFL world where quarterbacks are judged to either be ‘elite’ or not. The serviceable type of QB is often overlooked.
So is Goff merely serviceable or is he trending towards elite?
Good thing for him, he doesn’t need to be elite.
The Rams have a good thing going. LA sports remarkable balance on defense and offense, with General Manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay having constructed a team from top to bottom ready to win right now.
Think turn key franchise ready.
The best thing is Los Angeles doesn’t need Goff to be franchise great. They only need him to execute a game plan and not go off-grid. Success in 2018 will run through the likes of Wade Phillips and his defense, Todd Gurley running and catching the ball, and McVay dialing up what he wants Goff to do.
That in and of itself is the beauty of the whole Rams current state of being. The quarterback doesn’t need to win many games, if any. There’s enough around him on both sides of the ball to get it done.
More simply put, the need for “franchise type” just isn’t required. Which is good for fans and for Goff.
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Bottom line, this season is one that has a lot of signs pointing to a serious postseason run for the Rams. And at the end of the day, the starting quarterback for Los Angeles doesn’t need to overreach. He doesn’t need to be a Tom Brady or a Ben Roethlisberger.
He just needs to be what he’s been since being part of the turnaround in LA: serviceable.
Elite doesn’t need to come from him in 2018.
But it will from McVay.