This offseason, there has been plenty of speculation as to whether the Los Angeles Rams will extend QB Jared Goff long-term or wait it out as he heads into the fourth season on his rookie deal that keeps him under contract through the 2020 season.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz recently got an extension despite an injury-riddled start to his career, so where does that leave the Rams and Goff? While many have attributed Goff’s success to Rams Head Coach Sean McVay’s offensive system, it’s pretty hard to knock Goff’s stats or record over the last last two seasons. McVay fielded questions regarding Goff’s eventual extension while meeting with the press at the conclusion of minicamp today:
Certainly those things (Wentz’s extension) do affect, just when you look at comps around the league. With what Jared’s done in the league, you can’t argue with the production and how good we feel about him being our quarterback and we intend for that to be for a long time. As far as how that affects where we’re at with a timetable and getting an extension done, those are things that we’ll discuss, but as far as any of the narratives that are out there, as long I’m fortunate enough to be in this role, hopefully Jared’s stuck with me.
He’s an outstanding leader. People make a big deal about this system, he’s the reason why the system is what it is, because he can do so many different things.
McVay also shed a bit of light on running back Todd Gurley’s knee, and what the team and Gurley are doing to make sure Todd is ready for the Rams opener against the Carolina Panthers in September:
I feel real good. Talking to Todd, he looks really good, and feels really good. I think the plan that we set out a few months back has been followed exactly the way that we wanted it to get done and now it’s about six more weeks til we really report back to camp.
The intention is to get him back, ready to go. This was the intention, this was part of the long term plan to get him for the opener against the Panthers, but when we start camp that represents when he can get on the field and do some things and start to compete with his teammates.
I don’t know if you’d wanna use the term recovery but he has a very good training program that he’s taken part in with Travelle Gaines and he’s done some things over here that we thought would be good from a maintenance standpoint. That was what all parties felt like was the best thing, and most importantly what Todd thought was best. Todd’s earned the right for us to listen to him, and take everything into consideration.
These topics will loom right up through the season, and Gurley’s knee chatter will only fade through production that lasts late into the season. Stay tuned!