After nearly an entire 2016-17 NFL season filled with frustration for the Los Angeles Rams offense, head coach Jeff Fisher finally made the move to start the top overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Jared Goff. While the rookie did not exactly light up the field, he showed vast signs of improvement compared to when he first entered training camp.
According to Eric D. Williams of ESPN, Fisher was pleased with Goff’s overall performance:
“He did a really good job,” Fisher said. “No delay f games. He was in complete control of the huddle. He did a nice job on the line of scrimmage. I was disappointed in the outcome of the game, but you could see the light– there’s light there for him.”
Goff finished the game going 17-of-31 for 134 yards. While the statistics are anything but mind-boggling, there were moments the rookie showed off his presence in the pocket by avoiding sacks and turning would-be sacks into small gains for the Rams.
Goff spoke on his career debut following the game and how he plans to move forward to finish out the season:
“I don’t expect us to do anything crazy next week,” Goff said. “we’ll do what we have to do. Of course we had shots in the plan and stuff we wanted to do.I was really happy with the playcalling and felt very comfortable out there.”
Unlike most of the season, it was the Los Angeles defense that was unable to secure this one as they gave up two touchdowns in the final five minutes.
Los Angeles will have their hands full in the coming weeks as they prepare to take on the most high-powered offenses in the NFL starting with the New Orleans Saints.