Sean McVay’s glowing assessment could drive up Jared Goff’s price tag

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There’s a misconception in some circles regarding my opinion regarding the future of Jared Goff in L.A. Some think I’ve said that the Rams are destined to dump him for another quarterback. The truth is significantly more nuanced than that.

And the nuances regarding Goff’s future with the team are becoming more complex, as the team goes out of its way to shoot down the notion that Goff may not be the long-term answer.

Beyond comments made by McVay earlier this week to reporters, he sat down with Fred Roggin of NBC’s L.A. affiliate, and responded to this remark which, if I’m the pundit to whom Roggin is referring, misstates the theory: “I don’t know how often you check online and care what the pundits say. One suggested that, you know, the thing about Jared Goff is there will be a point in time when you’re just going to get rid of him because you’re gonna bring somebody in here who’s younger who will be your kind of guy. Now to me I thought that was insane . . . because you’ve developed him into one of the top quarterbacks in the game.”

The point isn’t that McVay will simply cut the cord on Goff and find someone else. The point is that, as the top of the quarterback market continues to climb and climb and climb (in less than two years, it’s gone from $25 million per year to $35 million per year), someone eventually will say “no” to the demands of a quarterback who values himself more than the team values him. And until Goff signs a long-term deal, he could be the guy who demands too much, prompting the team to choose to spend less for someone whom Sean McVay can develop into “one of the top quarterbacks in the game,” the same way he has developed Goff.

McVay’s effort to boost Goff in the face of Roggin’s misstated (if he’s talking about my theory) notion that the Rams will just summarily drop Goff actually could contribute to an eventual scenario where Goff does indeed ask for more than the Rams will pay, because McVay’s praise of Goff will do little to dissuade agent Ryan Tollner from trying to make Goff the highest-paid player in NFL history whenever the Rams decide to open talks with Goff.

“He’s developed himself into [one of the top quarterbacks in the game],” McVay said, “and you know we’ve been able to work very well together over the last couple years. I can assure you, that is not going to happen. He ain’t going anywhere. And he’s just continuing to get better. He’s coachable. He’s a young guy that’s just continuing to grow. But the talent, the makeup that he has. I think one of the best traits is mental toughness.

“I mean, clearly, he’s the No. 1 overall pick for a reason. He’s got elite ability to throw the football from different platforms. He can make all the throws. But I think what really is special about him is the way that he’s wired mentally. He’s got an elite mental toughness. An extreme security in himself that doesn’t ride the wave of the inevitable ups and downs that you face as a quarterback. And I think he’s so authentic and genuine. His players love him. You look at the way that his Cal teammates, how excited they were when he was the No. 1 overall pick. You look at the way that his teammates respond to him here. And he’s just getting better and better. I mean, this offseason he’s continued to take steps, truly becoming an extension of the coaching staff. And a huge part of our success as a team the last couple years is due to his leadership and we’re so thankful to have him and I agree, Fred, it’s insane to think that he’s going anywhere. He’s stuck with me as long as I have say.”

McVay maybe genuinely believe all of that. (Chris Simms doesn’t; he’s put Goff at No. 19 on the list of current NFL quarterbacks.) McVay also may be simply pumping up his guy, mindful of the reality that, in order to get the most out of a quarterback, the coach must zealously defend and promote him to anyone and everyone.

Regardless, Tollner will print Goff’s assessment and laminate it for use in the negotiations with Rams COO Kevin Demoff, who will have to deal with McVay’s words when trying to peg a value for Goff’s contract.

So the point I previously made still applies. There’s a chance that Goff will want more than the Rams will pay, and that the Rams will decide to pay another available veteran as much or less or to pay a rookie much, much, much less, thanks to the rookie wage scale. That won’t be known until Goff formulates what he wants. However, McVay’s words won’t make Goff want less, that’s for sure.

29 responses to “Sean McVay’s glowing assessment could drive up Jared Goff’s price tag

  1. If all that were true, surely Goff would have beaten the Patriots in the Super Bowl? Instead, he was the proverbial deer in the headlights, unable to make any significant decisions on his own.

    I like Sean McVay, but there’s a ton of KoolAid being consumed here.

  2. I don’t always agree with Simms but I do here (I have him at #17). Goff is in the middle of the pack and he showed it when a championship was on the line and in his hands.

  3. “McVay maybe genuinely believe all of that. (Chris Simms doesn’t; he’s put Goff at No. 19 on the list of current NFL quarterbacks.)”
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    Statistically he’s ranked in the Top 5 (2017) and Top 10 (2018) regardless of what Simms thinks. That means he’s actually executed McVay’s offense very well ON THE FIELD. Which is the only criteria to judge a player.

  4. Next level trolling by McVay. Build up the price tag for the QB that you didn’t draft and don’t want. Goff’s agent comes knocking for top 5 money, McVay sends them packing and tells the world that they just wanted too much money.

  5. The Rams will use Cousins as either a bargaining chip or replacement for Goff. Cousins was fairly decent with McVay at Washington and since he will be a free agent next year unless he wins the Superbowl the Vikings will have to let him walk. Since not winning anything with the Viks the Rams can probably get Cousins for around $20 to $25 million, which will allow them to sign a deeper roster for example O-lineman.

  6. “The point is that, as the top of the quarterback market continues to climb and climb and climb (in less than two years, it’s gone from $25 million per year to $35 million per year), someone eventually will say “no” to the demands of a quarterback who values himself more than the team values him.”
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    As your own Peter King pointed out before when he was with MMQB, the top QB salary has always been in the 16.5% range. From Troy Aikman, Drew Bledsoe and Brett Favre 20 years ago to current QBs Aaron Rodgers, Wilson, Cousins etc.

    Nothing has changed. In fact, it can be easily argued that they are underpaid relative to past quarterbacks, as passing has increased while running has been devalued. Turnovers are also way down from just 20 years ago too.

  7. Did anyone not watch the Super Bowl in February? Jared Goff was absolutely horrible. It was one of the worst QB performances I have ever seen in the Super Bowl.

  8. McVay has no choice but to pump up Goff. While I’ve seen Goff being fantastically accurate at times, it’s been while unpressured in the pocket. In general, he is far worse than Brady when under pressure and seems to lack a decent amount of intangibles.

    Maybe those will improve over time as he is still young. I’d like to see a little more meat on his bones.

  9. In 2018, Goff has posted an 83.8 Total QBR when he’s unpressured, the fifth-best mark in the league. When he is pressured, though, Goff’s QBR falls all the way down to 11.3, which is just between Marcus Mariota and Josh Rosen for 25th in the league. That 72.5-point slide is the biggest drop-off for any quarterback in the NFL.

  10. Lots of Ram haters in denial. Top young QBs in the league are Mahomes, Luck, and Goff. You can have Prescott and Wentz. You can even have Watson. Over the next five years, Jared, Andrew, and Patrick will be the studs at the position. And I didn’t mention Jimmy because he’s not in the same stratosphere of these guys.

    Get over it folks. Rams are going to be good for a long, long time. Come to the greatest stadium in the world in the greatest state in the country, come 2020, and see for yourself.

  11. Well Goff could be another Troy Aikman, support him with top-notch talent and he will produce.

    He could be a fringe top 10 quarterback and really that’s all you need given that the rest of the team is solid.

  12. I don’t think any of this matters one bit when it comes to future negotiations. McVay’s goal is to win the super bowl, and he doesn’t want Goff getting down on himself. He’s just trying to pump up his QB. If anything, the fact that a coach is trying to pump up his QB tells me that the QB lacks something, and that could help the Rams in negotiations. I mean, if his own coach thinks he lacks something, other teams would be more likely to believe his own coach and shy away. But in reality, Goff is smart enough to know he’s in the perfect spot with McVay as his coach, and living in Los Angeles making millions to QB the Rams. The guy really is living the dream, and he’s not going to let his agent screw that up.

  13. So if McVay said instead “Goff is an OK QB. We are keeping him because we traded a lot of assets to get him but he’s really not all that good” would that mean that Goff would only sign for $8M a year?

    I hardly think McVay’s words will impact negotiations.

  14. jason9696 says:
    June 12, 2019 at 6:13 pm
    Did anyone not watch the Super Bowl in February? Jared Goff was absolutely horrible. It was one of the worst QB performances I have ever seen in the Super Bowl.

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    Go back and watch Peyton Manning’s and Big Ben’s performances….. They were putrid.

  15. Even by “Total QBR” flawed metrics Goff was a top 10 QB last year. He’s not elite but he hasn’t even entered his prime years yet.

    2.5 years starting and he has 2 Pro Bowls and a SB appearance. I don’t know when that became mediocre. A lot better than some other highly drafted QBs have done.

  16. It was tough to really judge Goff in the Super Bowl due to the horrible playcalling from McVay. Goff was knocked down every single time he dropped back and no QB is going to look good in that situation. There were zero adjustments, no moving pocket, no screen passes to slow down the rush. McVay just stood there and watched Goff get drilled all game long. It’s quite possible both Goff and McVay are overrated.

  17. If all that were true, surely Goff would have beaten the Patriots in the Super Bowl? Instead, he was the proverbial deer in the headlights, unable to make any significant decisions on his own.
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    False equivalence when you don’t take into account playcalling. By your assessment, Patrick Mahomes was exposed because he didn’t beat the Patriots either. Andy Reid called all the plays as well.

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