With the regular season officially finished, all the rankings and awards are going to start being handed out. With that being the case, Bleacher Report’s NFL1000 series kicks off with the QB position, ranking all the QB’s who played a sufficient amount of snaps in order, from worst to first.
QB scout Mark Schofield and lead scout Doug Farrar take a look at Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff (as well as every other QB), and break down their grades according to: accuracy, arm, under pressure, decision-making, and positional value, creating a overall grade to go by.
Here’s how they graded Goff as their ninth-best QB in the entire NFL:
Under Pressure: 17/20
Position Value: 10/10
Overall Grade: 84/100
The second-year signal-caller took an impressive leap forward with respect to reading the field and showing anticipation on his throws, and he helped propel the Rams to the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Goff also displayed great feel and footwork in the pocket—something that was a point of debate during the predraft process.
With McVay defining his reads—and making it clear that Goff would benefit from a first-read open receiver on nearly every play—the signal-caller became far more comfortable and productive than he ever could have been in 2016 under then-head coach Jeff Fisher and his offensive coordinator, Rob Boras.
No doubt. The additions of Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan (as well as improved play from the remaining three holdovers - Rodger Saffold, Jamon Brown, Rob Havenstein) have been godsends Goff’s way, allowing him to feel much more comfortable within the pocket and allowing him to actually progress through his reads without having to worry about the pass rush.
There is absolutely no argument to be made here. Sean McVay, as well as his staff, were literally hired to try and resuscitate Jared Goff’s career, and it’s worked to perfection so far. Goff was always a supremely talented piece of clay that needed to be molded, and unfortunately for him, he was stuck with a staff that was in way over their heads. McVay and company had a clear and concise plan to build a strong infrastructure around Goff, and it’s worked to the tune of a playoff appearance - the first in 13 years for the Rams.
Jared Goff’s development has been nothing short of miraculous for the Rams. The exciting aspect of the situation is that Goff is still an extremely young player, as is Coach McVay, which leaves much more opportunity for accelerated growth and development for both of the guys involved in this football marriage.