There is a distinct and utter difference between East Coast and West Coast football. Perhaps nowhere else is that difference more in contrast to the NFC North Division and the NFC West Division. Right now, the LA Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is showing the grit and determination, and how it can make a difference.
Unfortunately, the Detroit Lions have quarterback Jared Goff, who has yet to toughen up on the football field, or off the football field for that matter. And after losing a game to the Cincinnati Bengals to a very lopsided score of 34-11, the gloves have come off. What was supposed to happen on the football field, is now taking place on social media.
Jared Goff, the starting quarterback of the Detroit Lions, has been sacked 15 times in just six games, a sack rate that dwarfs the 33 quarterback sacks he endured in 2018. And when he feels quarterback pressure, he shows signs of panic. Detroit fans, media, and even former players don’t like it when that happens. Right now, they are more than happy to talk about it.
Goff is about to face a team that can get to the quarterback. Early and often.
For five years, LA Rams fans have had to struggle over the ‘Is it Goff or is it the team?’ gnawing question that never truly gave an obvious answer. In the modern NFL mantra of building a scheme to give players the chance to succeed, the team enabled a young quarterback to develop in a system that required him to merely read and follow the script.
While the Rams found plenty of success in the process, it was myopic as well. A young quarterback of Jared Goff was overprotected. He never got dirty. He never was left to improvise. He was never left to face overwhelming odds where he had to find it within himself to find a path to win on his own. Rather, he spent his time finding ways not to fail. He has become quite adept at avoiding sacks.
You can bet that the pressure is coming for the quarterback this week.