Greg Olson on Jared Goff: A lot of things to work with

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Rams quarterback Jared Goff didn’t enjoy immediate success after being the first overall pick in last year’s draft as he sat for the first half of the season and then turned the ball over nine times while piloting the team in seven straight losses to end the season.

That helped pave the way for the firing of Jeff Fisher and the arrival of Sean McVay as the team’s new head coach. McVay will be installing a new offense with the help of quarterbacks coach Greg Olson, who said last week that nothing he saw from last season left him feeling like Goff would struggle to live up to expectations in the NFL.

Olson said Goff has a “really high” ceiling and noted Goff’s “tremendous arm talent” when discussing the reasons for that opinion.

“That’s the start, in my opinion,” Olson said, via ESPN.com. “When you look at evaluating the position, it’s, ‘What kind of arm talent does that player have?’ Certainly a very intelligent player when you look at his test scores and what he was able to do as a student. I just think there’s a lot of intangibles that we’ve all heard about him growing up, from high school through college and the NFL. Tremendous work ethic. So, there’s a lot of things there.”

The failure to develop a consistently effective offense held the Rams back throughout Fisher’s time as the head coach. Hiring McVay was a step to remedy that, but the effort isn’t likely to bear much fruit if Goff isn’t able to take a big step forward.

18 responses to “Greg Olson on Jared Goff: A lot of things to work with

  1. Olson is being kind. He needs to not focus on his intangibles and realize Goff was a pure Shot Gun Air Raid guy who is not naturally accurate or smooth when he has to go under center.

  2. In other words, the guy’s a project with a lot of potential. If a team wants to succeed they don’t spend a #1 overall pick on a project with a lot of potential. This is the Rams though. They better be patient because this guy is clearly not ready to win many games in the NFL.

  3. THis is who is better than Goff.. Chad Henne and Sean Mannion. Two guys who Olson already knows. Look for Mannion to remind McVay of Kirk Cousins personality wise and Mannion is a better thrower than Goff/Natural Under Center

  4. @QB Film Room

    Goff has an incredibly quick release and good touch/accuracy. There’s a reason HE was highly touted in that offense and not Davis Webb. Goff’s ball placement (the actual measure of accuracy and not completion %) in tight windows was second to none in his junior year. The touch was obvious to see in the Bear Raid has he through intermediate and deep often. Goff has every physical tool necessary to succeed, and he had the best numbers under pressure among all P5 QBs as a junior, as PFF showed us, and his pocket presence was also light years ahead of any QB in college at the time. His issue is purely mental: can he read NFL defenses, process information that much faster in this league, and yes, does he have those instincts.

  5. “Certainly a very intelligent player when you look at his test scores and what he was able to do as a student.”

    Um, I don’t know about that. He didn’t even know which direction the sun rises and sets in when asked on Hard Knocks.

  6. Also to note about his numbers under pressure, he was under pressure A LOT. It wasn’t a small sample size; his OL gave up pressure at an alarming rate. Goff’s sack totals were low his junior year because of his pocket presence and quick release. Also something PFF showed us.

  7. Goff wasn’t even highly thought of til the yearly 2 month draft circus fake news train started rolling down towards draft day. He smiled….Mel Kiper talked up his good looks….and walahh, another pretty boy top 3 QB pick was born.

  8. Good points but Goff’s release is too long. It is not whip like enough. He has really long arms.

    Nowhere Man says:
    Feb 14, 2017 12:22 PM
    @QB Film Room

    Goff has an incredibly quick release and good touch/accuracy. There’s a reason HE was highly touted in that offense and not Davis Webb. Goff’s ball placement (the actual measure of accuracy and not completion %) in tight windows was second to none in his junior year. The touch was obvious to see in the Bear Raid has he through intermediate and deep often. Goff has every physical tool necessary to succeed, and he had the best numbers under pressure among all P5 QBs as a junior, as PFF showed us, and his pocket presence was also light years ahead of any QB in college at the time. His issue is purely mental: can he read NFL defenses, process information that much faster in this league, and yes, does he have those instincts.

  9. “Goff wasn’t even highly thought of til the yearly 2 month draft circus fake news train started rolling down towards draft day. He smiled….Mel Kiper talked up his good looks….and walahh, another pretty boy top 3 QB pick was born.”

    Wrong…you obviously know nothing about Pac-12 football.
    …he’s been highly thought of since his Freshman year..

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