Rams “feel the confidence coming out of” Jared Goff

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Earlier this week, Rams quarterback Jared Goff was asked a question that referenced his rookie season and said that he was done talking about 2016 because “last year was a whole different deal.”

Thursday night offered a lot of proof for that. Goff tore up the 49ers by going 22-of-28 for 292 yards and three touchdowns while the Rams built up a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter. The 49ers nearly came back, but the Rams held on for a 41-39 road win.

In Goff’s rookie season and for most of Jeff Fisher’s run as head coach, it would have been unthinkable for the Rams offense to get let down by the team’s defense. They avoided that fate last night, but nearly seeing it happen hammered home how quickly things have changed offensively under coach Sean McVay and a quarterback who is growing into the role.

“Every week, I see confidence,” left tackle Andrew Whitworth said, via ESPN.com. “Really, his feeling in the huddle is just that he’s getting comfortable, and that he feels safe, and that he feels like, ‘Hey, you know what, I can succeed in this environment, in this scenario.’ You can just feel that confidence coming out of him.”

One doesn’t want to make too much of wins over the Colts and 49ers, but an offense that was as lost as the Rams were for most of the last decade is finally showing signs of real life. That’s an exciting way to start a season, especially when the first overall pick of last year’s draft is driving the boat.

33 responses to “Rams “feel the confidence coming out of” Jared Goff

  1. And it’s easy to forget that Goff is still only 22; Carson Wentz is 24. After watching Goff play in the first three games, I’m to the point where I’m actually happy we drafted him instead of Wentz. His throws are accurate, including down-field shots. Some throws were really top-tier. For the most part he looked poised and confident. Ram fans: the future is bright.

  2. Really impressed by Goff last night. I don’t watch much Rams football and had nearly written him off after last year. He looked really good, looked like a talent that should have been drafted number 1. Gotta be a good feeling for Rams fans. NFL is predicated on good qb play so the league has to be happy to see some of these young signal callers picking it up.

  3. September 22, 2017 at 8:14 am
    What confidence? He handed the ball off and his RB carried the team.

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    There is no way you watched the game with that comment.

  4. fordman84 says:

    September 22, 2017 at 8:14 am

    What confidence? He handed the ball off and his RB carried the team

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    22 for 28, 297 yards 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. But yeah all he did was hand the ball off

  5. Skins fan – I think Sean McVay is one of those coaches that really brings the best out of players. It’s still early, but the way Goff (and Gurley, and the team) is playing this year is impressive. We’ll see, but it’s looking bright.

  6. computojon says:
    September 22, 2017 at 7:29 am

    And it’s easy to forget that Goff is still only 22; Carson Wentz is 24. After watching Goff play in the first three games, I’m to the point where I’m actually happy we drafted him instead of Wentz. His throws are accurate, including down-field shots. Some throws were really top-tier. For the most part he looked poised and confident. Ram fans: the future is bright.
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    First of all you are lying to yourself…Everyone knows Wentz is better. Not to mention RAMS should of never drafted “Goff” because they should of drafted DEREK CARR in 2014…But they are dummies.
    It’s so embarrassing watching RAMS in LA. Nobody is there!!!! Nobody cares about The Rams. They should of stayed in St Louis. At least they had a real fan base there. LA WILL ALWAYS BE HOME OF THE RAIDERS. ALL of WEST COAST is RAIDERS and Cowboys Territory

  7. He looked good, but please just bear in mind that the Skins, Colts and 9ers’ defenses ranked 28th, 30th and 32nd respectively. Against the 28th D he was 58% comps and a loss, against the 30th D he was 72% and a win (which was big because Indy have no O either), and against the 32nd D he was 78% and a narrow win. Next up for the Rams are the Boys and Seahawks – that will tell you how good he is.

  8. Hey you idiots that love to proclaim someone a “BUST” 7 games into their career will have to find someone else to hate on for a while.

  9. Just think, if they had kept Jeff Fisher one more year, not only would he have set the record for losses but Goff and Gurley would be labelled busts and on their way out with the media wondering when the Rams would finally hit on their draft picks because everyone in the media knows it wasn’t the mustache’s fault.

    It still boggles my mind how much of a free pass Fisher got over the years from the owners and the media. There were never any expections, ever, that a Fisher coached team would go better than 8-8.

  10. He looked good, but please just bear in mind that the Skins, Colts and 9ers’ defenses ranked 28th, 30th and 32nd respectively. Against the 28th D he was 58% comps and a loss, against the 30th D he was 72% and a win (which was big because Indy have no O either), and against the 32nd D he was 78% and a narrow win. Next up for the Rams are the Boys and Seahawks – that will tell you how good he is.

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    How good did Cam Newton and Russell Wilson look against that 32nd ranked D?

  11. He looked good , he made quick decisions and got the ball out pretty quick , also had a few dropped passes that he made good throws .scored a lot of points , I think they only punted 2 times ? No more GOOF is loose .

  12. lastl00 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 8:50 am
    Hey you idiots that love to proclaim someone a “BUST” 7 games into their career will have to find someone else to hate on for a while.

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    There is no doubt in my mind that if Jeff Fisher was the coach that the offense would be in Cincinatti Bengal territory and we would be talking about who can replace Goff for the rest of the year.

  13. He looked good, but please just bear in mind that the Skins, Colts and 9ers’ defenses ranked 28th, 30th and 32nd respectively. Against the 28th D he was 58% comps and a loss, against the 30th D he was 72% and a win (which was big because Indy have no O either), and against the 32nd D he was 78% and a narrow win. Next up for the Rams are the Boys and Seahawks – that will tell you how good he is.

    True, but this early in the season part of the reason those defenses are ranked so bad is because they faced Goff.

  14. 49ers defense was bad last year too and Goff had 90 passing yards his last game against them.

    He’s only 22 and has his share of bad games ahead of him. Right now, it’s not about how good he is, it’s about how improved he is.

  15. @mrgschwind – I used 2016’s overall D rankings, not 2017s (too few games).

    @fballguy – well, the 49ers lost those games too, and Wilson and Newton are a different type of QB and naturally more inclinded to hang on and scramble, giving the 9ers D more time. But frankly I think both those QBs are overrated – especially Cam’s passing (his career comps is 58.4%).

    Btw, I like Goff and think he’s on the up, my prior post was just to alert folks not to get carried away – that the poor Ds he faced may be flattering him – and that once he’s faced the Boys’ and Hawks’ Ds, we’ll have a clearer idea of how he’s progressing.

  16. Goof has one good game against a bottom feeder like the 49rs and he’s treated like a
    lock for the Hall of Fame. Wait till he throws across the field against Seattle.
    I’m not sold on “In Goof we Trust”.

  17. streetyson says:
    September 22, 2017 at 8:41 am
    He looked good, but please just bear in mind that the Skins, Colts and 9ers’ defenses ranked 28th, 30th and 32nd respectively. Against the 28th D he was 58% comps and a loss, against the 30th D he was 72% and a win (which was big because Indy have no O either), and against the 32nd D he was 78% and a narrow win. Next up for the Rams are the Boys and Seahawks – that will tell you how good he is.
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    There is some truth to your comments. Unfortunately you lost credibility when you mention “the Boys” defense as something that would test Goff’s abilities. “the Boys” defense is a joke. Sorry, but more truth.

  18. Umm streetyson the fact that in multiple posts you think that the Cowboys defense is good especially their pass defense, shows how much that you know about football

  19. I thought Goff looked really good last night. The up the sideline pass to Woods and the deep bomb that Watkins caught over his shoulder was about as perfect as you could have placed it. If there is anything to work on and Chris Collinsworth made mention of it is that when he is under pressure he has a knack of stepping back further instead of trying to push forward. That is very correctable.

  20. I said whoever got the Ram job after Fisher would have a lot of talent to work with, but I was not sold on Goff. Kudos to McVey for how quickly he has seemingly fixed him. He has looked like a top end NFL starter so far to begin the year, and they were able to surround him with some fantastic weapons in Watkins and Gurley to make it easier. This just might be the dark horse team we see every few years that makes a move in such a weak conference.

  21. I love everyone discounting the Rams offensive performance last night because it came against the lowly 49ers.

    Last week, in Seattle, the Seahawks- a team that has been mentioned as a Super Bowl contender- put up 12 points against that defense.

    So..um..yeah. Pay attention.

  22. Goff feels safe and confident because of Andrew Whitworth protecting his blind side. Without Whitworth look at how Andy Dalton is playing.

  23. Did someone say Carson Wentz is better than Goff? At turnovers, perhaps, but that’s about it.

    Wentz consistently misses receivers more than 15 yards downfield. Goff hits those same receivers in stride, in the hands.

    I’ll take Goff over Wentz. Not even close.

  24. He was going up against a 8 Man Front and Single High Safety. 49ers don’t have the personnel to run that defense. We’re built for 3-4 Cover 4.

    WadedPhilips is not running his bread and butter defensive system in Los Angeles. He’s running a defense that fits the Rams personnel, our DC should be doing the same thing.

  25. fearsome4 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 11:36 am
    Did someone say Carson Wentz is better than Goff? At turnovers, perhaps, but that’s about it.

    Wentz consistently misses receivers more than 15 yards downfield. Goff hits those same receivers in stride, in the hands.

    I’ll take Goff over Wentz. Not even close.
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    Based off of one good game, maybe two. LOL- I’ve got news for you. 31 out of 32 NFL GMs would take Wentz over Goff in a heartbeat right now.

  26. I remember the pre draft process, watching this guy on the whiteboards with coaches going through route combo concepts and coverage busters and drawing up plays and terminology etc, it literally looked like someone trying to teach “Football For Dummies” to Ryan Lochte. He was so lost. We saw the same look on his face last year on the field, like a surfer boy Manning face without the pedigree.

    But man, not only does he look like a different quarterback, he seems like an entirely different guy altogether. Aside from that horrible pick he stared down and telegraphed to lose the Redskins game, he has looked like a guy who understands and trusts what he’s seeing which we saw no signs of until now.

    Guess it’s just a reminder that people need to stop the expectation of drafting finished products out of college. McVay is clearly having a great role in developing his confidence along with tightening up his release. He seems like a cool kid, hopefully he keeps growing

  27. fearsome4 – pump your brakes there a bit dude. He’s shown 2 and a half games of NFL caliber play. Wentz carried a brutal offense for an entire season after having no preseason and no OTA’s with the team due to injury, and wasn’t even named starter until a week before the season started. Their o-line was a mess last year with Peters injured and Lane Johnson suspended. His receivers dropped half the passes that hit their hands. They had no run game. And yet we saw him come out right off the bat, commanding every aspect of the offense from the line of scrimmage and executing plays and making things happen. I can’t even remember how many passes i saw blatantly dropped in the end zone in Philly last year. Then again this year we saw his play making ability, dodging defenders with agility, rolling out to his left and hitting a strike across the grain deep down field.

    Wentz has Big Ben play making ability and Peyton Manning level intelligence for the game. Not saying he IS those guys or as good as them already, but he has both those same kinds of traits. He certainly has some mechanics to clean up and he needs to be more consistent, but this is a guy who stepped out of division 2 and straight into the NFL with no practice and barely skipped a beat. Yeah Goff has looked impressive, but let’s not dub him the next great thing because he carved up the Colts and 49ers lol slow it down a bit there.

    Wentz has incredible talent and a very high ceiling, but Goff is looking sharp too and has the ability to be great.

    We don’t have to bash one to boast the other, i don’t understand why everything has to be that way with people.

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