Last offseason, Jared Goff‘s head was swimming. The rookie didn’t even know from which direction the sun rose.
A year later, all reports emanating from the Rams‘ facility in Los Angeles are glowing about the quarterback’s improvement under first-year head coach Sean McVay.
McVay recently told Goff that the Rams had about 95 percent of their offense installed before minicamp ended. If that number is true, Goff is comfortable where he’s at on the learning curve ahead of training camp in late July.
“I’d say I’ve understood all of it and grasped all of it so far,” Goff said, via ESPN.com. The QB added he’s catching on “much quicker” than last year.
In 2016, Goff looked like the worst quarterback in the NFL. In seven starts he completed just 54.6 percent of his passes for a 5.3 yard per completion average — the lowest by any passer with 30 or more attempts. He threw seven interceptions to just five touchdowns and took 26 sacks (an average of almost four sacks a game).
The year couldn’t have gone much worse for the rookie, who looked overwhelmed by the transition from college to the pros. Goff struggled to get in and out of the huddle swiftly, was a one-read passer, and labored to identify defensive concepts. It would be difficult for Goff to NOT improve upon last year.
With McVay pulling the strings, the hope is that Goff’s talent shines through in Year Two and the Rams‘ investment in the signal-caller starts to pay off.