It was a disappointing rookie season for Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff. Fortunately, there are a number of reasons for him to be optimistic this time around as he welcomes a new coaching staff and a rejuvenated offensive line.
According to Myles Simmons of Rams, Goff is excited to get to work in head coach Sean McVay’s new offense:
“From what I know, and from what I’ve seen, it’s obviously a great offense,” Goff said. “And from what I’ve heard, I’ve talked to quarterbacks around the league and coaches and what not, and I haven’t heard a bad word about it. So, I’m excited for it.”
The former first overall pick threw for just 1,089 yards, five touchdowns, and seven interceptions in seven starts last season. However, his struggles were due in part to elementary play-calling and serious holes on offense.
As with any installation of a new system, it will take time for players to adjust, especially at the quarterback position. Goff understands that he will have to endure a learning curve as he prepares for the 2017 NFL season:
“There’s going to be, obviously, some time to put in for everyone. That’s part of a new staff,” Goff said. “I think the league sets it up to where you get to start earlier, and get a chance to get in there and get a head start on it a little bit, which does help. The next few weeks, we’ll dig into it, and pick it up as fast as we can until we get on the field.”
He has displayed plenty of confidence thus far after spending the offseason working with quarterback gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux. Of course, the signing of a couple veterans like Andrew Whitworth and Roberts Woods also provides a bit of assurance.
The good thing about having a down year like Goff’s is that the only way left to go is up.