In his first season under head coach Sean McVay’s offensive scheme, quarterback Jared Goff took some major strides forward in his development on the field. He played a huge factor in the Los Angeles Rams grabbing their first playoff appearance in well over a decade.
It was a significant step forward from his less than stellar rookie campaign that had created doubt that he could become even a viable starting quarterback. With a year under his belt in McVay’s offense, Goff voiced excitement toward being able to go through this offseason with a chance to truly master the offensive system, according to Myles Simmons of TheRams.com:
“I really feel like this is truly my first real offseason. Last year was an offseason but there was so much transition going with the new staff and trying to learn the offense — not as much master it,” Goff said Monday. “This year that’s the goal — is to try to master it and continue to become, like [McVay] says, an extension of the coaching staff.”
This could be a prime opportunity for Goff to take another step forward in his development toward becoming the quarterback that the Rams envision. The 23-year-old is coming off a campaign where he earned his first Pro Bowl selection by throwing for 3,804 yards on a 62.1 percent completion rate along with 28 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.
Goff finished fifth in the league in both touchdowns passes and passer rating (100.5) along with placing 10th in total passing yards. He had shown much promise with his playing behind strong decision making and poise in the pocket. However, there is certainly still room for growth for him to become a more steady option under center, especially when the running game isn’t a factor.
The addition of Brandin Cooks along with another year to work with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods should lend well to him developing a strong bond and chemistry with his receiving options. All of this could have the billing of Goff taking another encouraging step forward in his development while leading the Rams to more success in 2018.