Speaking with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated’s MMQB, Jared Goff talked about how he dealt with the, 13-3, Super Bowl LIII loss to the New England Patriots just four months ago. Instead of putting a moratorium on football for a while, Goff got right back to work, telling Breer he watched the game film the next day.
“Postgame, tried to treat it like any other game where you’re evaluating yourself. Obviously, there were much bigger implications, but you just go through it like you would, and evaluate what you think you did well and what you didn’t do well, and move on.
“And yeah, it took longer than a regular game to move on from, because there wasn’t a game after it to fix what you’d done in the previous game. But it’s part of the process. Every year there’s a team that goes through this. This year it’s us.”
No one can argue against Goff’s development as a quarterback on the field. We can all the see the progression from season to season. But this gives us an idea of how his maturity developed, also. It’s not to say that he was immature to begin with. I thought he handled himself well during the last season with Jeff Fisher, when he was routinely devoured by defenses and tossed around like a rag doll.
But Goff is exhibiting a healthy process from getting over a big loss. He wasn’t obsessively watching the tape and beating himself up over it. He was digesting his performance as he would any other game. He’s looking to improve. Not crucify himself over the past.
He’s doing this, as Breer writes, because he knows the Rams are not a one-and-done Super Bowl team. There’s a good chance they can return to the big game this season. Goff started preparing for that outcome the day after the Super Bowl.
And the Rams are starting that preparation in the spring.
Like Goff, McVay and the Rams learned what their mistakes were and are being proactive about it. The New England defense brought a completely new look to the Super Bowl, something LA obviously didn’t prepare for.
Breer writes the Rams are “trying to mimic game conditions in practice.’
“We know the three or four defenses that’ll be 75 percent of the stuff we play this year, 80 percent of the stuff we play,” Goff said. “There’s that 20 percent that you don’t often get much work on, that we’re trying to actively work on, actively prepare for. And then when the game comes and those situations arise, we will be prepared.”
Breer added the Rams are also working on third-down conversions, a part of their offense that suffered tremendously in the Super Bow, (3-for-13).
Now, all of this sounds great and it’s reassuring to hear. But we’re in June and plenty can happen between now and the Super Bowl. Like the Rams, everyone is going to be working toward an improved team, including the Patriots.
Not even a spot in the postseason is guaranteed. But knowing the McVay, Goff and the Rams as a whole have this kind of mindset after the Super Bowl loss is a promising sign of what’s to come.