Jared Goff has been a quarterback that’s had his fair share of criticism in his career. The criticism was warranted as his rookie season under inept coach, Jeff Fisher, he struggled mightily and looked to be a bust. Then, after a great second year under rookie head coach Sean McVay, he had a shaky playoff debut in a 26-13 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons. After receiving some criticisms for that, he rebounded and led the Los Angeles Rams to Super Bowl LIII after carrying the Rams back from a 13-0 deficit at New Orleans with an ineffective Todd Gurley. However, Goff is still receiving criticism for his poor Super Bowl performance in the Rams’ 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots.
While he has had some shaky performances in big games, it is clear Jared Goff is an elite quarterback and deserves the four-year, $134 million extension he received from the Rams, which includes an NFL record $110 million in guaranteed money.
Goff has thrown a combined 8,500 yards and 60 touchdowns in his two full seasons as a starter and has led the Rams to back-to-back division titles, which is something the Rams haven’t accomplished since 1978-79. Last season, Goff was extraordinary in shootouts as he outdueled Patrick Mahomes in a 54-51 thriller. He also won three other games in which the opposition scored 31 points.
While credit obviously must go to Sean McVay, Goff has shown greatness as he down the field accuracy is incredible to watch and he has developed great chemistry with his wide receivers, especially Robert Woods.
Goff also showed incredible toughness when he had to carry the Rams offense back from a 13-0 deficit at an incredibly loud Superdome in last season’s NFC Championship Game, and without star running back Todd Gurley being effective at all. He made incredible throws to put them back in the game, and when the Rams needed a field goal to send the game to overtime, he calmly led the Rams to field goal range where kicker, Greg Zuerlein did his job and sent it to overtime. While criticisms from his Super Bowl performance are warranted, he was going up against two defensive masterminds, who had two weeks to prepare, and it was, by far, the biggest stage he had ever played in. Jared Goff is only 24 years old and has already accomplished great things in the NFL with his poise, and great-arm talent. Appreciate the greatness he has brought to the Rams, as for 15 years, the Rams were either a basement-dwelling team or a painfully mediocre team. Trading up to pick him in 2016 was a brilliant decision and it will be fun to see what Goff continues to achieve going forward.
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