In his second start of his young career, Goff threw his first three touchdown passes that all came in the first half, including one that occurred in the final two minutes of the second quarter. He became the first Rams' quarterback to throw three touchdowns in the first half since 2010. Goff was also the first rookie in the NFL to throw three touchdown passes in their first career road start in the past 20 years.
The play of the 21-year-old has certainly caught the attention of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick ahead of their Week 13 matchup.
"You just have to respect the talent and the skill that Goff has," Belichick said. "You can certainly see that, particularly in this game against New Orleans. He's a very, very talented player with a great arm and the ability to make a lot of throws."
Belichick has developed the reputation over the years of being quite tight lip about discussing the play of individual players, but his huge praise of Goff shows that he has been quite impressed by how well he has looked in his limited action on the field.
The 2016 first overall pick did appear to be much more competent under center in his second start making adjustments at the line and looking to air the ball out down the field at a much higher frequency. This has led many to question why it took so long for head coach Jeff Fisher to finally put him in the game.
In light of that, Belichick stated that he believes each situation is different and that it's "a natural progression" for Goff to steadily get acclimated to playing in an NFL offense over time.
“I think (QB Jared) Goff had great career at Cal, and he was in that system, and now he’s converting into a different system in the NFL, like all players do," Belichick said. "I’m sure he’s getting very good coaching and instruction. He’s had an opportunity to play with (QB Case) Keenum, who’s another good quarterback, who’s a smart guy, that I’m sure that’s very well prepared and does a good job.
"Like all players in that first year, they eventually learn more about the system they’re in. They learn more about what the teams are doing on the other side of the ball. They learn how to train. They improve on a steady basis, and then they take all that into year two, and start at a much higher point. That’s just a natural progression. All players go through that at every position. I’m sure that Jared is getting great coaching and great instruction from the people who are doing that for him with the Rams.”
Goff will have a prime opportunity to build on his strong performance on Sunday afternoon against the Patriots and show more potential that he can be the answer to the Rams' long-term issues at the position.