Former NFL Champion Outlines Problems Faced By Rams’ Jared Goff

Published 12/13/2020, 11:53 AM EST
Nov 29, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) signals at the line of scrimmage against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Rams are having a decent season so far and look like they can make the Playoffs this year. However, one player has been slightly inconsistent for them, quarterback Jared Goff.

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While Goff has thrown for the 3rd-longest cumulative yards in the league at 3509, he has been mediocre in terms of his numbers this year.

Many have questioned Goff’s inconsistency during the season. While he has had good performances, he has also had some really poor performances.

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Former Super Bowl Champion Greg Jennings spoke to Colin Cowherd about Goff and the Rams this season. Jennings reflected that Goff’s peak has been seen, but not his decline and trough.

“I think we’ve seen the ceiling for Jared Goff. But we don’t really know the floor. We don’t know how bad it can get. That’s a little scary.” 

Dec 6, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) sneaks for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Jennings added that Goff is good when he isn’t forced into being uncomfortable. Cowherd himself had made this point earlier, and Jennings elaborated on it further.

“What you said is spot on. When he’s comfortable, great. When he’s uncomfortable, not great. And that is problematic at that position.

“Because he is a quarterback that plays with rhythm and timing. If he gets ahead of the down, he is great. If he gets into rhythm, you get him moving out of the pocket, he’s great.”

Jared Goff a bit too predictable

However, Jennings noted that Goff was not adept at changing the play based on situation and set-ups from the opposition. And this stubbornness was playing to the Rams’ detriment.

“But he’s a guy that you can scheme up too easily because he makes decisions already premeditated. What I mean by that is when he is scanning, it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t go through his progressions.

“But once he goes ‘one, two, three’, he just shuts it down. He doesn’t really evaluate the situation before letting that ball go.”

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Jennings noted that any defensive unit with solid linebackers and safeties can take Goff out of his rhythm with ease. “And that’s where he makes a lot of his mistakes.

“And if you look at teams that have fast-flowing linebackers and safeties that can cover as well in the secondary, he struggles with teams like that. And the key is, they got to have speed.”

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Goff will have to become more consistent if the Rams hope to see the Playoffs through to the end. He needs to put in extra hours in the film room and on the practice field in order to overcome the challenges mentioned by Greg Jennings.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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