Jared Goff is one of the most interesting players in the NFL heading into the 2020 NFL season.
We all know the back story: The LA Rams gave up a ton to draft him No. 1 overall four years ago. He started slow then began to flourish when Sean McVay took over as head coach, and he looked like a star as he led the Rams in the Super Bowl in his third season. Then last season, he along with the entire Rams’ offense took a (huge) step back.
What are we to think about Goff and his future? Well, he has a massive contract and the Rams are married to him, so, he is the guy in Los Angeles. The Rams know this. In a piece on the Rams’ website, new offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell said he has high expectations for Goff this season.
“There’s a layer going into his fifth year, his fourth year in the offense, of ownership, where you feel strongly about presenting him with a plan where he could truly have some ownership, while also understanding at the end of the day, it’s just about being great with the details of doing his job,” O’Connell said
Goff won’t turn 26 until October and he is in his fourth season with McVay. It’s time for sustained success and growth. Clearly, Goff having ownership of the offense is an integral part of the process.
But the biggest key for Goff’s success is for the Rams’ offense to be much more like it was in 2018 than in 2019. The Rams averaged 32.9 points a game during the Super Bowl season and dropped to averaging 24.6 points last season as they went 9-7 and did not make the playoffs.
Goff will also need better performances all round him, starting with improved play from the offensive line. If the line can stay healthy and rookies — running back Cam Akers and receiver Van Jefferson — can make immediate impacts, Goff’s ownership of the offense will be much easier to attain in his fifth NFL season.