Since taking over reigns in his first head coaching gig with the Los Angeles Rams in early January, Sean McVay has continued to hammer away that his primary focus will be to drastically improve the team's offense.
Beyond adding more pieces to the puzzle through free agency or the upcoming draft, the bulk of this attention will be honed in on helping quarterback Jared Goff take some significant steps forward in his second season. Despite not yet being able to work with Goff in a great capacity further than essentially phone conversations until April 10 due to league regulations, McVay is both encouraged and excited by the individual work the 22-year-old has put in so far this offseason, according to Yahoo Sports.
“The improvement plan, one of the things you appreciate about Jared is he’s going about it in a way that he is working with Tom House and those guys that have a lot of respect in terms of the fundamentals, the technique of the position,” he said. “Then once we get Jared in the building it’s going to be about teaching him our system, seeing how he processes things, how he’s able to handle the above-the-neck information, and then be able to translate it to the grass once we get out on the field in phase 2 in the OTAs, so it’s a day-by-day process like we talked about.
“You see the traits, you see the characteristics, really excited to see how he retains information, how it translates to the grass, but very excited about Jared and some of the things we’ve seen on tape from him.”
The former 2016 first overall pick is coming off a rookie campaign that saw him experience more downs that ups 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 includes 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 lack of any true progression and success on the field played a huge part into the decision to change directions with the coaching staff by bringing aboard McVay to lead the charge. There is much reason for optimism in regards to the 31-year-old given what he accomplished over the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins. They held one of the league's most productive offenses in 2016 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).
Although it is still quite early in the offseason, these comments from McVay provide a sense of confidence that the franchise may have begun to put the right pieces in place to eventually halt the downward trend that has occurred for over the last decade.