Jared Goff entered the league with plenty of hype and expectations as the first overall pick. Needless to say, he didn’t meet those expectations in his first year of play. In his rookie campaign, Goff played a total of seven games and managed to only complete 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,089 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. He also went on to lose all seven games in which he played. To be fair the Rams weren’t a good team as they only won four games the whole season, but Goff failed to make an impact as they only had two close games in which he played. All of the other games finished as blow outs.
This season, Goff comes in as the unquestioned starter and as a result will get plenty of reps in training camp. He also has the talent to be a star in the league. When he played at Cal, he never dipped below a 60 percent pass completion percentage and finished his junior year completing nearly 65 percent of his passes. He also threw for more than 4,700 yards and 43 touchdowns. He did have 13 interceptions, but six of those came in one game against Utah. Other than that one game Goff did a good job of protecting the ball and making plays.
The Rams have hired Sean McVay as head coach in hopes that he can help flip a switch in the young signal caller. McVay was the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins from 2014 to 2016. During his time in Washington Kirk Cousins ascended to a franchise quarterback and the Rams hope that he can have the same impact on Goff.
Johnny Hekker, Goff’s teammate, thinks that Goff has “grown a ton and he’s worked very hard this offseason to be more physically and mentally prepared.” He also thinks that fans will notice a difference right away. He also added that Goff has higher confidence levels than when he first came in.
To be successful in the NFL, quarterbacks but have high levels of confidence and be able to shut out all of the outside noise. So far it appears that Goff is ready for what could be a make or break year.