LA Rams: 5 greatest quarterbacks in franchise history
Coming in as the number five quarterback in LA Rams’ franchise history is quarterback Jared Goff. I expect that some will disagree he belongs in the top five at all and I understand for a first overall selection of the 2016 NFL Draft, much more was expected from him. That being said, let’s first take a look at Goff from a statistical perspective.
Jared Goff is third in team history in completion percentage, fourth in passing yards, fifth in touchdown passes, has the second-lowest interception rate, and is sixth in yards per pass attempt. I know some will argue he was more a product of LA Rams head coach Sean McVay’s play-calling and quarterback-friendly offense, but how about his numbers this past season with Detroit?.
Don’t scoff at Goff
His quarterback rating of 91.5 was better than three of his five seasons with the LA Rams, completed better than 67.2 percent of his passes, the best of any season of his career to date, and still only threw eight interceptions all season. This was all done without McVay’s coaching and a very suspect supporting cast there in Detroit. Well, using the word – suspect – is being kind. He had no solid receiver to throw to. Well, at least until they added WR Josh Reynolds to the roster.
Second, for those that want to consider wins a quarterback stat, he has 42 regular-season wins, which puts him third all-time in LA Rams history, putting behind only Roman Gabriel (74) and Jim Everett (46) for the most regular-season wins. Goff’s 42 wins also tie him with Norm Van Brocklin.
In addition to his regular-season wins, he also led the LA Rams to two NFC West division titles and was voted to two the NFC Pro Bowl roster in 2017 and 2018, three trips to post-season play, as well as an appearance in Super Bowl LIII. Something that only three other quarterbacks in LA Rams history can claim. Additionally, he’s one of only six LA Rams quarterbacks to have two or more Pro Bowl berths.
Last, let’s not ignore his durability. The guy missed just one game due to injury, and that one absence was due to the fact that the thumb on his throwing hand was all but shattered. Tough? Wow, he is as tough as nails.