Speculation as to whether or not Los Angeles Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff will be the team’s Week 1 starter - against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football - will only intensify as the offseason progresses. Learning an entirely new offense doesn’t happen overnight, and Goff will be the first to tell you he’s got a ways to go before he’s ready to run the offense.
Goff stuck around after practice on Friday to answer a few questions about his progression, the offense, his rapport with teammates, and whether he’s confident he’ll be taking the field as the Rams’ starting QB on September 12.
Where He Feels He’s At, At This Point in OTA’s?
I feel good. I feel like I’ve progressed. I feel like there have been ups and downs through the two weeks, but I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better. I’ve learned so much more, I’ve become so much more comfortable. Today was a good day for me to kind of start to do things on my own and feel a lot more comfortable with things. Things started happening a little bit more second-nature today. It feels good.
What He’s Improved Most On?
I think some practices you’re out there and you’re just not as sharp as you want to be, and some you’re out there and you are. I don’t think there’s anything in particular that makes it up or down, but you feel it when you’re not as on it as you want to be and then you feel it when you are. I think I was better than I have been. Like I said, it was good to go out and do some things on my own and be able to produce pretty well.
If He’s Struggling With Not Being Where He Wants to Be...
I don’t think you can get frustrated. I’ve said it before, it’s not going to happen overnight. I’m not going to get to where I want to be overnight. No one ever has and no one ever will. It’s something that’s a process. I’ve only had six practices in the NFL, it’s going to take a few more practices than that to get to where I want to be. And then even when you think you’re where you want to be, you keep going. I think it’s just a process. It’s never ending and it’s something that I plan to embrace and take head-on.
What Does He Want to Work on Next?
Not anything specifically. Just continue to improve and soak in the playbook, and continue to understand everything and start to make stuff second nature. I think this week was a good week for me to start to really get in a little bit of a rhythm of things and start to feel more natural, more second nature. Like I said, stuff was starting to click a little bit more. I think just to continue to improve that next week would be great.
Is He Confident That He Could Be the Starting QB in Week 1?
That’s not my decision. I feel comfortable in how far I’ve been able to progress. I’ve got a long way to go as far as where I want to be, but it’s not up to me. I’ve felt comfortable through the first six practices, definitely.
How Are His Fellow Quarterbacks Treating Him?
I played against him (Sean Mannion) twice in college. Great quarterback. We’re both from the Bay area. We have similar interests, similar friends. He’s been awesome. Him and Case (Keenum) have been great; really helpful. There’s zero animosity about anything. They are very helpful with everything. Sean is one of the smartest guys I’ve met playing football, and has helped me a lot.