Prior to the 2019 NFL season starting, the team over at Pro Football Focus have taken a stab at ranking every starting quarterback in the league with Los Angeles Rams’ QB Jared Goff landing at #13 on the list:
13. Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff
There’s no doubt that Sean McVay and excellent play-calling have aided Goff’s development, but he deserves credit for improving his game every year in the league. Goff has led the league in passing yards off play-action in each of the last two years, and he’s advanced from ranking 15th in PFF grade in 2017 to tying for 10th last season. Even with the improvement, Goff hit the worst three-game stretch of his career late last season, though he bounced back to lead the Rams’ Super Bowl charge. Goff improved his accuracy last season, ranking above average on all throws at 10-plus yards down the field, but he must continue to advance with his decision-making where he ranked only 24th at avoiding turnover-worthy plays.
The grading seems relatively fair for Goff and majority of his peers. The major question marks are when certain guys who look past their prime (Ben Roethlisberger), guys who can’t stay on the field (Carson Wentz), and guys with minimal experience (Baker Mayfield) rank ahead of Goff who’s stacked back-to-back pro bowl seasons, as well as leading his team to Super Bowl 53.
Still, the ranking at best is debatable and will change as the season progresses. Mayfield — for example — has the chance to elevate his name as one who’s discussed with the elite in the NFL, simply because of how strong his game translated, even as a rookie.
Goff enters somewhat of a contract season (not really) with more continuity with the coaching staff and talent surrounding him (sans two offensive lineman). He could very well improve his spot on the list come one-years time.