What does the Goff-Stafford trade mean for LA Rams in 2021?
Goff was the Rams QB, but he wasn’t a (scape)goat
Still, comparisons that reflect more potential for Matthew Stafford on the surface than that which Goff provided is not a free shot to hurl insults at Goff. Much like the maligned general manager Les Snead, Goff took the LA Rams to a 43-21 record with whoever and whatever the team had on the field at the time. That’s not easy to do.
Let’s face it, the in-season criticism of Jared Goff had elements of unmet production along with unmet expectations. If anyone who cheers for the LA Rams and truly believed that a 6-10 season was in the cards, then the 10-6 finish by the team to earn the sixth seed in the 2020 NFL Playoffs should have been met with jubilation. The team did in fact find more success in 2020 than expected. The Rams finished the regular season as the sixth of sixteen teams in the NFC.
By advancing to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, the Rams climbed to among the top four teams of the NFC, and top eight teams of the NFL. Winning in the winter at Green Bay is incredibly tough to do on a good day. But losing gave the LA Rams some ideas for success for the 2021 season. So what should the LA Rams prepare for?