LA Rams QB Jared Goff leapfrogs Kurt Warner on the all-time passing list and now takes aim at Norm Van Brocklin
The LA Rams quarterback Jared Goff entered the season opener as sixth all-time passing leader of the franchise with 14,219 yards. The national news media hasn’t talked that much about Goff’s passing ability because their focus has been on describing what he cannot do and how poorly he will perform this year.
And yet, he has put up two consecutive seasons with over 4,600 yards passing. Goff entered the 2020 NFL season just 228 yards behind the fifth-place all-time passer for the Rams. Still, the media speaks about Jared Goff as though he is lucky to have a job as a quarterback in the NFL. To read their takes, he has struggled to pass for 300 yards in a single game. And yet, there he is. Now in just his fifth NFL season, he is sixth on the Rams all-time passing leader list.
Leapfrogging to fifth
By the game’s end, he has passed Super Bowl winner Kurt Warner at 14,447 yards by ending the Sunday Night Football game with 14,494 yards. Next up, Goff will take aim upon Norm Van Brocklin‘s 16,114 yards. That number is just 1,620 yards away. If Goff can average at or nearly at 300 games, he will pass Van Brocklin in week seven when the Rams face the Chicago Bears at SoFi Stadium.
At this pace, he will be in a position to set the franchise record for passing yards in 2022. That presumes that he will continue to perform at the 4600 yards per season rate. If he does better than that this season, he could beat that milestone in the 2021 NFL season. As fans of other NFL teams and some pundits continue to throw shade at Goff, he continues to play steady-Freddie football.
More efficient passing too
The Rams can help Goff out quite a bit by cleaning up some things. Rams receivers continue to be stopped at or near the goal line. That 2019 trend is already rearing its ugly head in just one game in 2020 so far. To prevent more of the same, the Rams need to ensure that they practice scoring via the air in time to be ready for game two.
But a nice trend is developing for the Rams this year. Their third-down conversions were very efficient in their 2020 NFL season debut.
The Rams will look to improve that even further as the season progresses. While the LA Rams were certain in-it-to-win-it, keep in mind that the coaching staff continues to assess and evaluate what the depth chart should look like. That means the Rams are still tweaking the players best suited for snap counts per game.
The offense will continue to improve. With it, so will Goff’s passer efficiency. The Rams passed their first test, a very difficult season opener. Now the Rams must pack up their confidence and face the 0-1 Philadelphia Eagles, who are desperate for a win.