Jared Goff

Jared Goff 2020 Outlook

  • Jared Goff
  • LA Rams
  • Sean McVay
  • Todd Gurley
By Mike Brez February 28, 2020 0 Comment
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Just a little over a year ago, Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for over 4,500 yards and 32 touchdowns in route to a Pro Bowl nomination and a Super Bowl appearance. Then, right before the 2019 season began, Adam Schefter reported that Goff had agreed to a 4 year $134 million dollar contract. The contract also included a record breaking $110 million guaranteed dollars. Flash forward just 5 months later and Goff is booed in his own city by fans while attending a Clippers game at the Staple Center.

 

2019

Coming into the 2019-2020 season, the Rams dreamt of hoisting the Lombardi trophy after they fell short to the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. In that game, Goff completed 19 passes out of 38 attempts for 229 yards and 1 interception. The Rams offense had finished 5th in total passing yards and 3rd in total rushing yards but on the biggest stage of them all, Goff and Rams Head Coach Sean McVay were ultimately unable to make adjustments against the Patriots defense. The Rams offense only mustered 3 points, the lowest point total for a Super Bowl team since the Dolphins lost 24-3 to the Cowboys in 1972.

 

In 2019, the Rams committed to lessening the workload of star running back and 2x All Pro, Todd Gurley. With this, more responsibility was forced upon Jared Goff and the passing game. Goff’s success in McVay’s west coast, timing based offense dwindled without the threat of a strong running game. The lack of run game was also coupled with the loss of 3 starting offensive linemen (RT Rob Havenstein, C Brian Allen, LG Joseph Noteboom). Despite these different factors, Goff took the brunt of the criticism for the team’s regression as he posted a career high 16 interceptions and tied his career high for fumbles lost with 5. With this kind of production, it is fair for Rams fans to wonder whether the team made a mistake when signing their young quarterback to an extension and the 2020 season will provide an opportunity for the team to evaluate what they have in Goff with more clarity.

2020 Outlook

If the Rams were to see more of the same from Goff in 2020, they could find themselves backed into a corner regarding their cap situation. According to Spotrac, if the Rams are to cut bait from Goff after the 2020 season, the team would be forced to eat $15 million in dead cap space. The team also has tough decisions to make on a plethora of stars such as CB Jalen Ramsey and WR Cooper Kupp, whose contracts are set to expire in 2021. The Rams are also without a 1st rounder in the 2020 NFL Draft as they shipped the pick to Jacksonville in exchange for Ramsey this past season. With the potential loss of pass rusher Dante Fowler and the struggling offensive line, the Rams will have to wait until the 2nd round to try and land a player that can fill one of these holes. If Todd Gurley and the offensive line can
get back to their 2018 form, the Rams should be in the mix for a potential playoff spot once again in 2020. If Goff fails to take the necessary steps forward, Sean McVay and the team’s General Manager Les Snead could find their Super Bowl window slammed shut for good.

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