This week there is an abnormally simple focus for analyzing the situation with the Los Angeles Rams: Quarterback Jared Goff is an expensive player who is struggling with accuracy and decision-making to the detriment of a team that has an exceptionally strong defense and the best defensive player in the NFL.
Over his last six starts, in which the Rams are 3-3, Goff has 11 turnovers and is completing 64.5% of his passes for only 6.57 yards per attempt. Since Week 6, Goff ranks 30th in adjusted yards per attempt, 25th in completion percentage, 28th in passer rating and only one quarterback has thrown more interceptions.
In that same period of time, the Rams defense ranks eighth in points allowed, 11th in sacks, fourth in passer rating against and only three teams have intercepted more passes than they have, led by a talented secondary that includes Jalen Ramsey, John Johnson, Jordan Fuller, Darious Williams and Troy Hill.
The three teams to have a better passer rating against in their last six games are the Steelers (5-0, because actually they are playing their Week 12 game as I write this), the Saints (6-0) and the Dolphins (5-1). Great pass defenses are winning games but LA is not scoring enough points.
Who takes the blame?
I don’t believe any one person should take the blame, but Goff, Sean McVay, Kevin O’Connell, the receivers, the offensive line and more all shoulder some responsibility. The defense is doing its part. What needs to happen next for Goff and McVay in order to right the ship before the playoffs?
And what about next year?
That will be the subject of this week’s Reverse Q&A in which I add some prompts to the comment section below and YOU tell me the answers! Help me figure this out, please! You are all experts worthy of being heard.