The Los Angeles Rams may be regretting that massive contract extension they handed Jared Goff.
Well, perhaps not, because even league-average quarterbacks are hard to come by in the NFL, but there is no doubt that Goff has been very disappointing in 2019.
After a 2018 campaign in which Goff was an MVP candidate for much of the year, the fourth-year pro has laid an egg this season, as he has thrown for 3,712 yards, 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while completing 63 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 84.8 thus far.
He hasn’t quite been as underwhelming as Baker Mayfield in Cleveland, but he’s darn sure close.
Goff doesn’t have a single three-touchdown game this season, and since Week 10, he has thrown just four touchdowns as opposed to seven picks. As a matter of fact, he did not toss a single touchdown pass between Weeks 10 and 12.
There were some who questioned just how good Goff was coming into this year, as he struggled a bit down the stretch in 2019 and was not all that impressive in the playoffs.
Much of the trepidation surrounding Goff had to do with the health of Todd Gurley, as Goff relied an awful lot on the play-action threat of Gurley in 2017 and 2018 en route to a pair of Pro Bowl appearances.
This season, it has been blatantly obvious that Gurley is still not 100 percent due to the knee injury he sustained way back in Week 15 of last year, and Goff’s production has suffered as a result.
It doesn’t seem like much of a mystery that Goff’s downturn has coincided with Gurley’s dropoff, which has led many to believe that Goff is not the quarterback of the future that the Rams may have initially thought he was.
It’s not like Goff is short on weapons, either, as the trio of Cooper Kupp, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods certainly represents one of the league’s best receiving corps.
Los Angeles is 8-5 on the year and has won three of its last four to wriggle its way back into playoff contention, but the Rams still need some help to get in.
If LA does end up missing the postseason (and chances are, it will), it would be a massive step back from its 13-win campaign of last season when it made it all the way to the Super Bowl.
While the Rams’ lack of success can be attributed to more than just Goff’s struggles (like Gurley not being effective and the rest of the NFL catching up to Sean McVay), Goff’s shoddy performance has absolutely played a major role.
Goff is still just 25 years old, but his dip in production this season is certainly concerning, especially considering that he is coming off of a couple of Pro Bowl campaigns and was supposed to be ascending rather than regressing.
There remains plenty of time for Goff to prove that he is worth his new contract, but he isn’t proving it this year; that’s for sure.
I’m going to give Goff a D grade for his performance in 2019. He has simply not elevated the Rams this season and has actually hurt them more than anything else.