Jared Goff needs to improve to help Rams keep up with rest of NFC competition
By Dan Parzych
Despite the Los Angeles Rams looking impressive at 3-0, Jared Goff still needs to figure out a way to improve his game.
When looking at all of the weapons the Los Angeles Rams have to work with on offense, most quarterbacks would do anything to be in the kind of position that Jared Goff currently finds himself in.
Between Todd Gurley being considered a top running back when healthy to a four-headed monster at wide receiver consisting of players such as Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp, Goff is has plenty to work with on offense for the Rams.
Based off the previous two seasons leading up to 2019, Goff seemed like he would be in for another big season in Los Angeles since the former No. 1 pick seemed to be getting better with experience.
And while there is still plenty of time remaining in the 2019 season since it’s only September, the argument can be made that Goff’s level of play through three games is somewhat concerning.
After throwing just one touchdown pass in each of the first two games for the Rams, which luckily still led to two wins for Los Angeles, the pressure was on for Goff heading into Sunday night’s contest on the road against the Cleveland Browns.
While it’s certainly been great to watch Goff develop the way he has since 2016, his level of play on the road sometimes was still viewed as a concern by many.
Take a look at last season for example when Goff lost that horrendous game on the road against the Chicago Bears in which he threw four interceptions.
Or better yet, in three playoff games last season, including the Super Bowl, Goff only managed to toss one touchdown pass, which came in the NFC Championship battle with the New Orleans Saints.
Clearly, Goff still has numerous areas in need of improvement before it’s time to officially consider him a top quarterback in the league, but these first three games need to be viewed as a major wake-up call for the former top overall pick.
Without a doubt, the most important factor to take into consideration at the moment is how Los Angeles currently sits at 3-0, but the season is still very young, and plenty could change from now until the end of December.
To see a player like Goff coming off another tough battle on the road in which he recorded three turnovers to go along with the two touchdown passes to Kupp should draw some concern from the fan base.
In order for Los Angeles to be viewed as a serious threat in the NFC, Goff should easily have more total touchdown passes (four) than turnovers (six) through the first three games of 2019.
Because if there aren’t signs of improvement soon on Goff’s end, the Rams will only face additional pressure, and be more at risk to miss out on the NFC West title or a playoff spot in general for the first time in three years.