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Sean McVay will 'start from scratch' with quarterback Jared Goff

The Rams' first-year head coach has much faith that Goff can adapt to new offensive game plan.

When Sean McVay was hired to be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Rams back in January, he knew his first biggest priority would center around the development of quarterback Jared Goff

The 31-year-old in his brief time in the position has continued to stress the importance of seeing improvement from the 2016 first overall pick heading into his second season in the league. However, during the NFC coaches breakfast on the last day of the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix on Wednesday he made it clear that this process will have to start from floor up in training camp with a new offensive scheme in place. 

“You start from scratch," McVay said. "With him, the first thing is being able to learn our verbiage, how to call a play, get in and out of the huddle and understand the intent of the play, the mechanics, what are the problems with it. It’s a daily process and it’s very important for us to incrementally give him our offense and help him learn that."

McVay comes over to the Rams after a successful stint as the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins in the last three seasons where he primarily ran the West Coast offense. In 2016, Washington finished third in yards per game (403.4), second in yards per play (6.40), and was the second-best statistical passing offense (297.4) with Pro-Bowl quarterback Kirk Cousins at the helm. 

Although he hasn't been able to have much contact with Goff up to this point in the offseason that will run through until April 10 due to league regulations, McVay is confident that the 22-year-old will be able to make the adjustment in picking up his second offensive game plan in as many seasons. 

“I think when you talk to him about the way he received last year and the fire and the passion that he talks about and why he’s challenged to respond," McVay said. " What I really like about him is when you talk about – it’s easy when things don’t go well, to try to deflect and put the blame elsewhere and all he did was take the accountability – here’s what I have to do a better job with moving forward, here’s some of the challenges. That’s what you like and that’s what you want from your leader.”

In that same breath, McVay also spoke volumes about Goff making the personal effort to get outside help earlier this offseason from renowned quarterback coaches Tom House and Adam Dedeaux. They have spent the last decade-plus working with many of the game's top quarterbacks such as Drew BreesMatt RyanTom Brady, and Carson Palmer. 

"Tom and Adam (Dedeaux), they’ve been great," McVay said. "And, actually, (offensive coordinator) Matt LaFleur was kind of the one that put it in motion because he and (Falcons QB) Matt Ryan, they did that last year and had a bunch of success. I know it really helped Matt (Ryan) and Matt (LaFleur) felt really good about it. 

"We are in alignment with a lot of the fundamentals and a lot of the mechanics in terms of how we want to throw the football in an efficient manner. That’s what’s nice about it, before he even goes and works with those guys, you know that your core beliefs are in alignment with some of the things they’ve been working on.”

Goff is coming off a rough rookie campaign that saw him record 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 included him 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. 

With all that in mind, McVay can already sense the burning desire from Goff to get things started with the team in preparation for the 2017 season. 

“He’s around, he’s hungry for information," McVay said. "There’s even still some restrictions. Even if he wants to be there, you can’t do anything that’s football related. He’s around though, and you can tell he’s dying to get going."

Bob Garcia IV is a staff writer of LARamsReport.com. You can follow him at @bgarcia90 and us on Twitter at @LA_RamsReport.


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