3 keys to LA Rams QB Jared Goff dominating NFL in 2020
The LA Rams quarterback Jared Goff has put up some incredible numbers in his short NFL career. In just 54 NFL games, the 6-foot-4 222-pound hurler has amassed 1,869 attempts for 1,166 completions resulting in 14,219 yards, 87 touchdowns, 42 interceptions, 713 first-downs, a 12.2 yards-per-completion average, and a 91.9 quarterback rating. He is also the one and only quarterback drafted in 2016 or more recently to actively play in a Super Bowl game.
That in itself should be enough to bestow a belief that Goff is capable of righting his own ship, diagnosing the defense real-time, manufacturing yards from plays that disintegrated at the line of scrimmage. But the stigma that remains clinging to the young quarterback is that of a system player, a purely scripted quarterback who plays in an offense that is so great that he merely needs to stick to the script. Is that a fair assessment?
Overshadowed by his head coach
Goff is not a spotlight kind of guy. He plays for a head coach Sean McVay whose forte’ is the offense. And much like the symbiosis between New Orleans head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees, or New England head coach Bill Belichick and former quarterback Tom Brady, success is difficult to distinguish between the two. Did the coach make the quarterback’s career, or did the quarterback make the coach’s career? Or was it a bit of both?
Somehow, that debate has never occurred for Jared Goff as of yet. Is it his aversion to the spotlight? Is it the lack of camera presence at his press conferences? Whatever it is, in 2019 it seemed to bleed onto the field of play. Goff seemed to regress. Indecision, interceptions, ineffective suddenly became words associated with his play. And that regression seemed to trigger the need for offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell. So what is the game plan for 2020 to get Goff going?