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Rams OC Matt LaFleur believes Jared Goff is a 'natural thrower'

The Rams new offensive coordinator see plenty of potential from the former 2016 first overall pick.

With the 2016 season behind the Los Angeles Rams, the primary focus of the organization has been quickly shifted toward the development of quarterback Jared Goff

A significant part of this tutelage will come from the coaching staff, which puts new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur front and center in the handling that critical task. With that in mind, LaFleur was quite complimentary of the 22-year-old's ability during a media interview on Thursday. 

"He was pretty impressive at the combine. From what I have seen on the tape, he has got some of the key attributes that you always look for in a quarterback," Lafleur said, according to ESPN. He's a natural thrower. I know you don't want to see your quarterback get hit too much, but he doesn't shy away from contact. I think that is true any of good quarterback in this league. You got to be able to hang in there in some uncomfortable pockets and uncomfortable situations where you're going to take a hit and deliver the football. He has proven that he will do that on tape."

LaFleur comes to the Rams after playing a big hand in helping further develop a pair of Pro Bowl quarterbacks. He had previously worked with new head coach Sean McVay on the Washington Redskins' coaching staff from 2011-13, where he aided in shaping both Kirk Cousins and Robert Griffin III

Following that, he spent the last two seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons helping Matt Ryan put together his best individual season in 2016 earning his first NFL MVP award by posting career highs with 4,944 passing yards, 38 touchdown passes, and an 117.1 passer rating. LaFleur worked directly under Kyle Shanahan, who is now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers

Goff had his fair share of struggles in his rookie season recording 1,089 passing yards with a 54.6 completion percentage with five touchdown passes and seven interceptions, and holding a 22.2 quarterback rating. This also posting at least one interception on four occasions while passing for fewer than 200 yards five times. He also finished last in the league in yards per completion (5.31), second-worst total quarterback rating, and the fourth-lowest completion percentage. 

The 22-year-old has already taken steps to work on his skill set over the offseason as he has begun working with renowned coaches Tom House and Adam Dedeaux. They are former pitchers that have formed 3DQB, which is a quarterback-training company based in Los Angeles. In the last decade, they have worked with many of the game's top quarterbacks such as Drew BreesMatt RyanTom BradyCarson Palmer to name a few. 

The Rams have made a concerted effort over the last month to provide Goff with plenty of help through the coaching staff led by the hiring of McVay, who was the Redskins' offensive coordinator. Washington possessed one of the league's most productive offenses last year that that was third in yards per game (403.4), second in yards per play (6.40), and the second-best statistical passing offense (297.4).


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