LA Rams success should never fall solely upon QB Jared Goff

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That was yesterday

It wasn’t that long ago that analysis of a struggling quarterback examined all offensive components and registered the areas where the entire offense was lacking. The punch lists from those analyses were both comprehensive and impressive. It was commonplace. Rather than list the quarterback’s defects, the analysis focused on what the team needed to do to improve his performance.

Each receiver, running back, blocker, and yes, the quarterback, was held up to close scrutiny, assessed both in terms of NFL and team fit, and given a set of ‘need to improve on’ attributes. If a running back failed to pick up blitzes, he was identified as a place to improve the offense to fit that quarterback’s needs.

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Each NFL legend fell down and got back up

That list of needs would eventually become the next template for the next NFL draft or to shop in NFL Free Agency. You see, it wasn’t so long ago that a team was built around the quarterback. NFL legendary quarterbacks like Peyton Manning or Brett Favre had their own sets of struggles. Manning enjoyed a 17-year career in the NFL. Favre enjoyed a 20-year career in the NFL. Both quarterbacks had outstanding seasons, and less than outstanding years.

In 2001, in Peyton Manning’s fourth NFL season, the Colts finished with a 6-10 record. Peyton Manning threw for 4,131 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions. in 1993, Brett Favre’s third NFL season, the Green Bay Packers finished 9-7. Favre threw for 3,303 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions. Both quarterbacks continued to start. Both quarterbacks would go on to win a Super Bowl during their careers. Neither got benched, traded, cut, or anything that removed him from quarterbacking for his team in the next game.