Los Angeles put together just two scoring drives recording just 227 total offensive yards with Goff throwing for only 134 yards on 17 of 31 completed passes along with no touchdowns or interceptions. Head coach Jeff Fisher once again praised his young quarterback for his poise and composure in his first NFL start, but in hindsight believes that there should have been more attempts made down the field.
“Looking at (QB) Jared’s (Goff) performance, I was impressed with what he did – he’s not going to say he was okay, because we lost," Fisher said. "But I thought he managed things well – no delay of games, he was in complete control, he was composed, and he got us in and out of a lot of really good things. We didn’t take our shots down the field, that in retrospect we probably needed to do. But he knew where to go with the football and I was proud of his first outing."
There was a lack of a vertical threat in the passing game as Goff threw the ball down the field just four times while often taking the more conservative option in the passing game that led to him averaging just only 4.3 yards per completion. This is something that Fisher feels was due to the persistent pressure that he faced in the pocket.
“There was constant pressure. The coverage didn’t allow it. We had some shots. He (Goff) made a good throw to (WR) Kenny (Britt), and we didn’t come up with the ball," Fisher said. "They just kind of sat on things and took the run game away and at the same time pressure us. We’ve got to give Jared more opportunities through play-action, and get the ball down the field.”
However, there is a pressing need to get things going on the offensive end as the team is averaging the fewest points per game in the NFL (14.9). This includes scoring 10 or fewer points six times with four of those instances coming in the last four straight games. With all that in mind, there appears to be a plan to expand the playbook even further with Goff in the coming weeks.
“Yeah, we have to score points. So, yeah, we’re going to do more things. I thought the plan was good," Fisher said. "He was comfortable with the plan, for the most part. We win the game if the defense makes their plays. As we move forward and continue to expand this offense with the goal of scoring points, he’s going to be a big part of it, and we’ll have to push it down the field.”
Goff will have that opportunity to do just that against a favorable matchup in the New Orleans Saints, who have given up the third-most passing yards with opponents averaging 280.7 per game this season. This includes the fourth-highest yards per completion (7.9), and third in points allowed (28.6). However, the Saints are coming off a strong showing against the Carolina Panthers limiting Cam Newton to just 192 yards on 14 of 33 completed passes averaging 5.8 yards per completion.