The recent decision by the Los Angeles Rams to extend Brandin Cooks is just one of many reasons why Jared Goff is going to be in great shape for years to come.
On paper, it may have seemed frustrating to see Goff go 0-7 as a rookie, but also keep in mind that the Rams didn’t exactly make it easy for the former California star with a poor offensive line and a weak receiving corps.
As bad as it sounds, most quarterback’s in Goff’s situation most likely would have struggled as well, but luckily his sophomore campaign was a complete turnaround. Thanks to Sean McVay coming on board as the new head coach, Goff was able to put together a Pro Bowl season by throwing for 3,804 yards with 28 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.
Even better, Los Angeles would go on to overtake the Seattle Seahawks as NFC West champions, and will enter 2018 as one of the early favorites to make a serious run at the Super Bowl. While there were plenty of reasons behind the surprise success of the Rams in 2017, there’s no question the improved offense was the main reason behind it all.
From improving the offensive line highlighted by the signing of Andrew Whitworth to bringing in better receivers to work with such as Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, it was easy to see why Goff was able to have the kind of sophomore season that he did last year.
Watkins may no longer be part of the picture, but take into consideration that Los Angeles not only acquired Brandin Cooks in a trade with the New England Patriots in April, but also rewarded the speedster with a five-year, $80 million extension this week.
Some will question this decision by the Rams since Cooks hasn’t even suited up for a single game yet, and is on his third team in three seasons, but putting Goff in this great of a position all of a sudden for years to come is what matters the most.
Prior to the trade, Goff was already fortunate enough to work with the talent he already had since players like Woods, Todd Gurley, and Cooper Kupp have proven to become quite reliable. But after the team decided to extend Cooks, this means Goff will get to work with all this amazing talented group for years to come since they will all be under contract (assuming Gurley gets taken care of down the road).
Los Angeles was already viewed as one of those teams that seemed capable of being in the Super Bowl conversation over the next couple of years after making the major leap last season, and seeing what they have on offense will give them a better chance of living up to the hype. Making life easier for Goff by improving the offense was a top priority for Los Angeles during the 2017 offseason, and it’s amazing to think about the potential he now has moving forward with all of the talent he gets to work with.