Instead of holding a clipboard and wearing headphones Jared Goff will be playing football this Sunday. He won’t be wearing his coveted red practice jersey which is to say he will most likely get his “welcome to the NFL” hit delivered by a defender from the Miami Dolphins. It’s about time.
Rookie QB’s are the rage this year. Behind a suspect offensive line the second over-all pick of the 2016 NFL Draft has been starting for the Philadelphia Eagles and looked good doing it. The New England Patriots got solid snaps and a victory out of their third round rookie QB when both their starting and backup QB were unavailable for service early in the season. Behind a stud offensive line the Dallas Cowboys have been starting a fourth round pick at the helm every game and that’s been working exceptionally well.
After giving up their 2016 first round selection AND two-second rounders AND a third AND their 2017 first AND third (big breath) in order to take a player with the first over-all selection of the draft and that player is still sitting on the bench at the 1/2 way mark, questions have to be asked. Either the pick is bad because the player is a bust or the pick is bad because the team reached on the pick or the pick is bad …. you see where this is going.
To be frank, that’s a glass 1/2 empty take however. In reality reports out of Rams central are Goff looks night and day different than he did in camp or pre-season. He has continued to learn how to comport himself on a day to day and (more) importantly the weekly grind of what constitutes an NFL season.
Goff is ready and the team is reportedly not dialing back an already conservative offense. Rather they will be opening it up a bit as with the rookie in the pocket the deep strike becomes a play the offense now has the power to evoke.
Make no mistake about it, Goff has a big arm. Much quicker and stronger than Keenum who he is replacing. “If you’re going to go wrong, go long” and after having teams stack the box with eight and nine players in the box it’s (past) time for the Rams to take some serious shots down the field. The vision of a big arm QB and speedy WR’s will finally have a chance to come to fruition in Los Angeles. Sure the rook will hit some bumps along the way. Even sage veterans do. However with the team solidly on track for ANOTHER 7-9 season Jeff Fisher needed to find out what he has under the hood.
A hot Miami Dolphins defense led by all-world-nasty DT Ndamukong Suh may not be the best team to get your rookie feet wet. Then again, it may be the perfect time. The best steel is tempered under the hottest flame.
What say you Sports Nation?
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