Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff has been at the forefront of the team’s 3-0 start to the 2018 NFL season. It appears head coach Sean McVay feels it is time to put the “system QB” comments to rest.
Goff’s success has been downplayed by the fact that he plays for such an outstanding team. Needless to say, McVay was not pleased with the recent speculation on his quarterback, via Michael Silver of NFL.com:
“Saying he’s a system player — that’s just disrespectful,” McVay told me after the game, still steamed over a question suggesting as much that he’d received in a press conference last Wednesday. “It’s a total discredit to a great player. Those who know, know. Flip the tape on. People who know what it looks like to play the quarterback position at a high level know what they’re seeing.
McVay even doubled down on Goff being his franchise quarterback.
“I know this: I wouldn’t want to be working with anybody else other than Jared Goff right now.”
It is encouraging to see McVay stick up for his players, especially ones that have taken the kind of flak Goff has. There is no question that he has emerged as one of the best coaches in the league, however, he is always the last one to take credit for any success the Rams have. That said, his comments should come as no surprise.
It goes without saying Goff has a star-studded supporting cast. Los Angeles is loaded with elite talent on both sides of the ball and it is magnified by their stellar coaching staff. However, it would be a stretch to assume that the Rams would be clicking on all cylinders as they have with a “system QB” under center.
Although running back Todd Gurley is the focal point of the offense, Goff is the one orchestrating it on the field. He solidified that notion in Week 3 after completing 29-of-36 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns. With performances like these, it is only a matter of time before questions about his talent level are put to rest.