These new incoming coaches will get an opportunity to shape and mold a roster that possesses talent at various positions. One of the biggest areas that will need to see some vast improvement in 2017 will be at quarterback with Jared Goff, who is set to enter his second campaign in the NFL. In light of that, new quarterbacks coach Greg Olsen has already voiced major praise about his new project.
“The ceiling is really high with this player in my mind. Unbelievable arm talent, he’s had that since high school," Olsen said. "I’ve always felt like this guy’s got tremendous arm talent and that’s a start in my opinion. You look to evaluate this position, it’s what type of arm talent does that player have. Certainly, a very intelligent player when you look at his test scores and what he was able to do a student. I just think there are a lot of intangibles there as well."
The high words of encouragement from Olsen didn't stop there as he complimented the 22-year-old's work ethic and ability to adjust to a difficult situation in his rookie campaign.
"You’ve all heard about him growing up from high school, through college and in the NFL, tremendous work ethic. There’s a lot of things there that I think are good," Olsen said. "He had a chance last year, didn’t get a chance to get a lot of the reps in training camp and I think that sometimes is not a great situation. To be thrown into playing after nine games into the season, I think without having that base work, which he will get this spring and this summer – I think that there certainly should be a huge jump from year one to year two.”
It wasn't exactly an ideal start to his NFL career in 2016 posting just 1,089 passing yards on a 54.6 completion percentage with five touchdown passes and seven interceptions, and holding a 22.2 quarterback rating. This includes recording at least one interception on four occasions while passing for fewer than 200 yards five times. He also ranked last in the league in yards per completion (5.31), second-worst total quarterback rating, and the fourth-lowest completion percentage.
Along with that, Goff ranked last in the league in yards per completion (5.31), second-worst total quarterback rating, and the fourth-lowest completion percentage. According to Pro Football Focus, he also finished with the second-lowest overall grade (39.7) as well as placing in the same spot in passing situations (38.9) among qualified players at his position.
Despite Goff's obvious struggles in his rookie campaign, Olsen has remained confident that the 2016 first overall pick can develop into a franchise quarterback in Los Angeles.
"Certainly, it wasn’t an ideal situation, the fact that he’s going on his second coordinator and second head coach in his second year in the league," Olsen said. "But his potential is very high and I know he’s excited right now in talking with him about the change. We’re just really excited about our staff."
Olsen was the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive coordinator the last two seasons. Prior to that, he was the Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator for two years, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2008 to 2011. He was also the Rams' offensive coordinator from 2006 to 2007.
He was the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2001 and Chicago Bears in 2003. Olsen also held that position with the Detroit Lions in 2004 and 2005.