3 reasons why LA Rams needed to trade Jared Goff

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Reason III – Goff was losing the locker room

The LA Rams made the decision to move on from wide receiver Brandin Cooks after the 2019 season when his production dropped and his fragility escalated. Reports were that he was one more concussion from ending his NFL career were circulated, and his production plummeted to under 600 yards in 2019.

His statistics were so anemic, they competed with his rookie season for the worst of his career. Passing game production depends on three components: the pass protection, the receiver, and the quarterback. The LA Rams concluded that it was Cooks who had declined and opted to deal him away. The result?

While Cooks enjoyed one of the best receiving yards of his career, the LA Rams passing game weakened even further. That meant that the LA Rams had a problem with their offensive line or the quarterback. All indications were that the Rams starting five offensive linemen had a fantastic bounce-back season So by the process of elimination…?

Two critical factors LA Rams must focus upon: Ball security and durability. light. Read

LA Rams QB Jared Goff was losing the locker room

Don’t take my word for it. Veteran defensive lineman Michael Brockers is a wise NFL player who speaks volumes when he speaks. He recently commented to TMZ Sports that Matthew Stafford is ‘A level up’ on Jared Goff. If he is giving that as a quotable statement, then the locker room was thinking it before the season ended.

Goff is a young quarterback who found nearly instant success. Some conclude that Goff ‘cant read defenses’ or that he ’causes too many turnovers’.  Well, that’s what young quarterbacks do. Yes, he reached the Super Bowl in his third season. But that doesn’t change the fact that he is still improving. Will Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray reach the Super Bowl this year? Will Denver’s Drew Lock?  Will New York’s Daniel Jones? No.

Goff is still growing as a franchise quarterback. But the Rams need to win now. Superstars Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, and others are becoming frustrated with knocking on the door but not getting to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Stafford is there now.