Les Snead: Jared Goff is a Ram at this moment and it’s too early to speculate

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Sean McVay raised some eyebrows when he said Jared Goff is the Rams’ quarterback “right now” following the team’s divisional-round loss to the Packers.

The Rams’ head coach didn’t really soften the statement during his season-ending press conference, saying everyone was under evaluation.

Now General Manager Les Snead has declined to cement Goff’s standing with the organization when meeting with reporters to start the offseason.

“Not going to get into specifics on those. That’s the beautiful mystery of the future,” Snead said in an apparent reference to Aaron Rodgers, via Greg Beacham of the Associated Press. “Jared Goff is a Ram at this moment. It’s way too early to speculate.”

In evaluating Goff’s season, Snead said the QB had steps forward and backward. Snead noted Goff’s turnovers were a problem as the year went on.

Goff finished the season completing 67 percent of his passes for 3,952 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Goff also lost four fumbles. His yards and touchdowns were his fewest since 2017 — the first season under McVay. The Rams did not have a game without a giveaway in the regular season.

Snead was asked again if Goff is Los Angeles’ quarterback of the future and again declined to say so definitively.

“He’s a Ram right now,” Snead said. “He’s No. 2 in wins since he and Sean have partnered together. That’s been a heckuva partnership. What I do think is the real thing that should come out of this is, hey, we want to be a better offense. And that includes Jared.”

13 responses to “Les Snead: Jared Goff is a Ram at this moment and it’s too early to speculate

  1. Sure seems like he’s played his last snap as a Ram from the tone of these comments. Either that, or they’re trying to motivate him by putting some heat on his seat…which, as a QB making north of $30m/year, you certainly shouldn’t need. Not a good look.

  2. Les, you should probably be more supportive considering you’re the one that rewarded him the $32 million/year contract when you could have waited for two more years

  3. And he will be a Ram in 2021. The salary cap is going to go down about 10% and they are not in position to take the salary cap hit should they move him. That being said that doesn’t mean he has to be the starter.

  4. Do the Rams have any choice but to go with Goff? The Rams signed him to one of the most hideous contract extensions in NFL history. And they gave it to him early for no apparent reason if I remember correctly.

  5. Say what you want but the fact is, the rams invested on the defense and that patchy Oline just didn’t hold up.

  6. Goff has been a winner ever since he came into the league. He’s probably in the top 7 or 8 QB’s. Unfortunately, the league has tweaked the rules to the point where just about every advantage goes to the QB. That’s why we saw the NFL’s top four QB’s advance to the Final Four, and it’s no surprise to see Brady and Mahomes in the super bowl. Goff would be better if he could just shorten his delivery a little. He has this big wind up, much like a major league pitcher. Watch guys like Rodgers and Kyler Murray throw. The ball just shoots right out. No wind up. Goff doesn’t need to be that quick, but he needs to hurry that up a little. He literally gives the D-Linemen an extra second to get to their target. Even a half-second is often the difference between a strip-sack-fumble, and a completed pass. Then Goff could move up closer to the top five QB’s, and with their defense, they’d be tough to handle. Goff possesses some stuff that you just can’t teach. He’s mentally as sharp as anyone.

  7. His roster bonus was paid a long time ago, its a sunk cost.
    His 2021 salary is around 28MM, his 2022 salary is around 26MM.
    Thats not a terrible salary for a starting QB who is at least average.

    Id rather pay Goff 27MM than Osweiller or Glennon 18MM.

    Draft a new QB, but at least you have an average one.

  8. I put a tad of this on McVay. It’s no secret Goff is a terrible pocket passer when pressured. He had quite a bit of success on quick roll outs and misdirection formations. McVay got completely away from that this season and it showed. With that being said, Goff needs to improve immensely if he wants a shot at being the starter.

  9. Jared Goff has been a bust as the #1 overall draft pick. I think the Rams will draft another QB to compete with Goff.

  10. Snead just telegraphed his interest to Rodgers. Problem is there is no way GB will take Goff back in a trade. Need a 3rd team.

  11. Interest in Rodgers or interest in Jordan Love? Either transaction makes Rodgers a happier guy.

  12. @ charliecharger says:

    Without a doubt, that big windup has to be shortened. You know when that ball isn’t out in rhythm the potential for disaster is going to be there.

    Can you coach up a quicker delivery?

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