It just got real....
Easily the player Rams fans and critics alike are most looking forward to seeing in action this season, rookie QB Jared Goff, has some lofty expectations on his shoulders.
Since the arrival of Jeff Fisher, the Rams have seemingly been one of the most consistent teams in the league. Two things have been a near lock to take place with this team. The first being a revolving door at quarterback, and the other being about seven wins a year.
One would believe the two go hand and hand, and Fisher has apparently had enough. He and Les Snead traded away the farm for the number one pick in order to have the right to draft Goff.
Fisher has already said he believes the team is only a QB away from getting over the hump, and it was time to address the position.
Goff enters a peculiar situation. On one hand, he has the "I'm a rookie" excuse working in his favor big time. On the other hand, rookies have played well with less in recent years. The likes of Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr and their rookie performances will add pressure on Goff to perform well. Goff has a lot of upside, but the question is how much of that upside is attainable this season? And the even bigger question is will he even play this season?
Reports began to swirl during OTAs that Goff was really struggling to take care of the ball. It's especially alarming considering the spring is when young guys usually look their best. It's training camp when the struggle begins. Struggling in shorts and at an extremely slow practice pace doesn't bode well for the hopes of him having a good training camp.
Furthermore, Goff knows jack about running a pro-style offense and he's trying to learn that while also cutting back on the mistakes. One has to wonder if he can do enough to prove worthy of being put on the field on Sundays as a rookie, and if he does, how will he fare?
Jared Goff's 2016 season stat predictions:
- 1740 pass yards
- 11 touchdowns
- 12 interceptions
- 57% completion rate
- 3 fumbles
- 7 games played
- Best game 27/41 --- 318 yds --- 3 TDs --- 1 int
- No post-season accolades