How would most LA Rams feel if Jared Goff was traded for this quarterback
There is no doubt that the LA Rams are committed to quarterback Jared Goff as the franchise quarterback. Goff is just the latest of a very long line of great Rams quarterbacks. Beginning with the days of Bob Waterfield, LA has had a top-flight quarterback in every decade of franchise existence.
The Rams have played in four Super Bowls (1979, 1999, 2001 and 2018). They won in 1999 while known as the St. Louis Rams. Most of all, only quarterback Kurt Warner has led the Rams into the big game twice – 1999 and 2001.
QBs, Vince Ferragamo (Editor’s note, Pat Hayden did not appear in a Super Bowl) and Goff are the other quarterbacks to play for the Lombardi Trophy. There is still a chance for Goff to lead the Rams back to the Super Bowl. Could there be a different quarterback to lead the Rams to the NFL Championship?
Winning the Super Bowl is the main goal each year. Would Rams fans get upset if Goff were traded away? What if Goff was traded away for this quarterback who eventually leads the Rams to the Lombardi Trophy?
What if the LA Rams traded Jared Goff for Kirk Cousins
QB Kirk Cousins was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He played six seasons in Washington and the past two seasons in Minnesota. It took him a while to get his opportunity to line up under center.
Cousins began to emerge in 2015 as the Redskins starting quarterback. He started 48 consecutive games before moving to Minnesota. In two seasons, Cousins missed one game in 2019.
Last season, Cousins completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 3,603 yards with 26 touchdowns and six interceptions. Minnesota had a better running game than the Rams. Consequently, Cousins had fewer passing yards than Goff did in 2019.
However, Cousins was a more efficient field general. His passer rating was 107.4 compared to Goff’s 86.5 passer rating. You can see Cousins analytical passing chart at nextgenstats.nfl.com.
The Rams would be able to pursue a far more diverse passing attack, as Cousins boasts a passer rating above 100 in seven of the nine passing zones. Goff had just two zones with a passer rating above 100.
In 2020, Cousins has a salary cap hit of $21 million. Goff’s cap hit is $15 million higher than Cousins. What if the Rams traded for a more efficient passer, less expensive contract, who is able to throw strikes downfield?