The Los Angeles Rams have easily been one of the surprise success stories during the 2017 NFL season. After a dismal 2016 NFL season where they went 4-12, Los Angeles currently sits at 5-2 and tied for first place in the NFC West with the Seattle Seahawks.
Jared Goff has looked much better in his second year after his horrendous rookie showing. Much of his newfound success can be attributed to Sean McVay and his quarterback-friendly offense designed to make reads easier for Goff.
In an appearance on FOX Sports, McVay is pushing Goff to assume the role of a coach on the field:
We want to make him an extension of our coaching staff and he’s continuing to become that,” McVay added. “When you’re throwing the football, it’s all about decision, timing and accuracy. And if he can consistently make good decisions, take care of the football, throw on time and be accurate when the protection’s right, you’re gonna give yourself a chance to play at a pretty high level, and I think he’s done a nice job of that.”
The Cal product has done a better job of getting the ball out quicker to his suddenly deep pool of receivers as well as limiting his turnovers. With the passing offense clicking, Todd Gurley has found more room to run and has quickly reestablished himself as one of the league’s premier running backs.
Not many pegged the Rams as a playoff team, but each passing week makes it hard to discount them as one anymore. Los Angeles has a very winnable game on the road in Week 9 against the New York Giants.