Quarterback Jared Goff was the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and after not playing in the first nine games of his rookie season, he started the last seven games without leading the Los Angeles Rams to a single win. He completed less than 55 percent of his passes, threw more interceptions than touchdowns and failed to eclipse 1,100 yards on the season. The team then landed the fifth-overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, which went to the Tennessee Titans as part of the trade to get Goff a year earlier.
Everything in the previous paragraph points to Goff as being a giant bust and a franchise-ruining draft pick. Despite the evidence, I am still not ready to write him off.
I didn’t grade him as a top-10 pick coming out of college, but he carried a mid-first-round grade, and quarterbacks always get pushed up. He played Cheap Jerseys well in college, completing over 62 percent of his passes for his career and throwing 96 touchdowns to 30 interceptions over three years. He was able to get the ball down the field, and he did so with a very poor supporting cast at Cal.
The way some analysts are abandoning Goff, who was the consensus top quarterback in that draft among media evaluators, seems abrupt and an overreaction to a prospect’s first seven starts.
He lacked any form of success in his rookie year, but it was a very small sample size considering how much talent he brings to the table. Carson Wentz had a few good games as a rookie for the Philadelphia Eagles, but you can find a seven-game stretch where he had similar struggles. Yet he is thought of as a franchise quarterback, while Goff’s NFL obituary is already being written. As bad as it was in 2016, there are still reasons to think Goff could turn it around as early as the 2017 season.
It is difficult to assess how good Sean McVay will be as the new coach of the Rams, but after many years of Jeff Fisher, it is very easy to imagine Cheap nfl Jerseys McVay being a massive upgrade. Fisher had a long time to show his colors with the Titans, then the Rams, but he had to wear fan bases pretty thin in order to have people celebrate a day named after you on July 9th (7-9).
On top of having mediocre teams, he struggled to develop young talent across the field, and had a history of undermining quarterbacks. He stuck to veterans too long at times and yanked young players before they could get their footing. The controversy of sitting Goff in favor of Case Keenum at the start of the season became a comedy as the Rams quickly fell out of contention after one of the flukiest 3-1 starts in recent memory.
Sean McVay, right, is welcomed as the Los Angeles Rams’ new coach by Kevin Demoff, the NFL football team’s chief operating officer, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
Yet just losing Fisher isn’t enough to turn things around. McVay brings some reason for optimism. As offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins, he developed fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins into the type of quarterback who was paid almost $20 million in 2016 and will earn $24 million this season. Cousins will reach free agency with enormous bargaining power after the 2017 season if he doesn’t sign an extension or receive the franchise tag again. He was a part of a team that built the offense around the quarterback, adding talent across the field and investing in the offensive line.
That offense went Customized Jerseys from solid to deadly during his time in Washington, picking up from where Kyle Shanahan left that unit and improving upon it. His success made him the youngest coach in NFL history at 31 years old. There is certainly reason to be concerned, especially as he has to adjust to a thin roster, but he brings hope to the team, the city and to Goff specifically.
In addition to the new coach, the Rams should have new weapons in 2017. McVay was too late to throw his body in front of the Tavon Austin contract, but they targeted Robert Woods to replace Kenny Britt on the outside. Woods was a superstar at Southern Cal who was underwhelming in Buffalo, but he brings some upside as a possession receiver with toughness and a penchant for blocking downfield. The team will hope “the other” Mike Thomas — the one out of Southern Mississippi — comes along in Year 2.
McVay will likely be much more invested in three rookies: Receivers Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds bring different skill sets that the Rams could take Los Angeles Rams Jerseys
advantage of, and tight end Gerald Everett, who drew comparisons to the Redskins’ Jordan Reed during draft season. McVay’s offense was at its most dominant when Reed was healthy and getting targets as a smaller tight end who could line up all over the formation and be a matchup nightmare in the passing game.
Kupp and Reynolds could play roles similar to the ones Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson had in Washington. Neither player would have drawn a comparison to those two out of context, but Kupp is a strong guy from a small school with run-after
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