The Los Angeles Rams this offseason have undergone much change with eyes toward finally putting together a team that can not only be a playoff contender but also does it with their prized young quarterback Jared Goff leading the way.
Much of that has been evident by the decision to bring in former Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator Sean McVay to take over as the new head coach along with making a string of moves in free agency to bring in more help on the offensive side of the ball.
All of this brought forth a stronger level of confidence from the Rams' 2016 first overall selection on the onset of the offseason workouts on Monday afternoon.
“I think I speak for the whole team, I think we’re a lot closer to where we want to be than people may think," Goff said. "We’ve got the players, we’ve got the talent, we’ve got all the pieces we need, really. It’s just about putting it together now. The coaches and the system we’re going to run
Los Angeles has added several new pieces to the offensive line in hopes of providing Goff better protection and leeway for him to develop further in his second season. This includes adding a pair starters through free agency in left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who is widely regarded as being one of the best players at his position, and center John Sullivan, who was an above-average starter during his stint with the Minnesota Vikings.
The front office also brought in a couple of skilled-position players in veteran wide receiver Robert Woods and running back Lance Dunbar, who both have the potential to play large roles in the passing game. In total, these moves to supplement the offense around Goff have given a better sense of assurance that the organization is fully behind him.
"Anytime they make any sort of investment on the offensive side of the ball, especially, it’s always helpful for
That said, the bulk of the attention is going to center on Goff's ability to pick up McVay's new offense over the offseason heading into the 2017 season. In light of that, the 22-year-old believes he already possesses a strong feel for the offense that he hopes to get much more familiarity with over the next few months ahead.
“Good feel, good feel. From what I know, and from what I’ve seen, it’s obviously a great offense," Goff said. "And from what I’ve heard, I’ve talked to quarterbacks around the league and coaches and what not, and I haven’t heard a bad word about it. So, I’m
On a similar note, McVay voiced much confidence that not only Goff but his entire quarterback group can learn the offense progressively over the offseason as long as they take a simple approach to it entirely.
“I think for our quarterbacks as a whole, there’s a lot of work," McVay said. "It’s just making sure we have that one day approach. If you look at it where you want to go from A to Z, then you end up getting overwhelmed with the amount of information. But I think as long as you just take little steps at a time, that continuous improvement one day at a time, then I feel like that will lead to the things that we want."
Goff is coming off a rough rookie year where he recorded 1,089 passing yards with a 54.6 completion percentage with five touchdown passes and seven interceptions, and holding a 22.2 quarterback rating. 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, Goff is aiming to show progressive improvement in his first full season as the Rams' starting quarterback.
"Day-in and day-out, I’m going to do my best to continue to get better and continue to improve and be the best player I can be, " Goff said. "Obviously, it’s helpful knowing coming into it that who I’ll be working with – the (offensive) line, the receivers, all the people I’ll be working with is helpful. At the same time, it’s a daily process to continue to get better.”