The Los Angeles Rams clearly need to make adjustments on offense to take some of the pressure off Jared Goff under center.
Less than a week after finishing with four turnovers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jared Goff knew the press would be on in Week 5 to help the Los Angeles Rams bounce back when taking on the Seattle Seahawks.
Normally, a quarterback throwing for 517 yards with two touchdowns in a game would seem like his team came through with the win, but unfortunately this wasn’t enough for Goff after the Rams ended up losing 55-40 to the Buccaneers.
What made this loss even more frustrating for Los Angeles fans is Goff ended up throwing the football 68 times while Los Angeles only gave five carries to Todd Gurley, making it clear the offense needed to make some sort of adjustments for Week 5.
Despite Gurley seeing somewhat of an increased workload against the Seahawks after receiving 15 carries for 51 yards to go along with two trips into the end zone, Goff was still forced to throw the football more than he should have to in any sort of game.
By completing 29 of 49 passes for 395 yards to go along with a touchdown and interception, Goff has now thrown the football a total of 117 passes over the last two games for the Rams, which is beyond frustrating for a quarterback already playing on a shorter week.
While Los Angeles has been sticking to their plan from the offseason in taking a different approach with Gurley so he doesn’t get overworked, and put his knee at risk to becoming worse, Goff can’t afford to continue participating in games with this many attempts.
Why did Malcolm Brown only receive one carry during Thursday’s loss? Better yet, why haven’t the Rams found a way to get rookie Darrell Henderson involved instead of only allowing the Memphis product to see one carry so far through five games?
Back in the summer when Los Angeles made their final roster cuts, the decision to only keep three running backs made it seem like Sean McVay had some sort of plan for a reliable rotation.
Instead, the Rams have been missing a proper balance on offense, and it’s resulted in Goff finishing with too many passing attempts over the last two games to a point where the concern should be there.
With Los Angeles receiving some extra time off before a tough matchup at home in Week 6 against the San Francisco 49ers, here’s to hoping that McVay decides to run the football more to put the Rams in better position to end their losing streak.
Otherwise, this could be the beginning of Goff heading towards a year of setting a new career high in pass attempts, and that’s not a good thing for either party.