One player in which all eyes are on in 2017 for the Los Angeles Rams is without a doubt second year quarterback Jared Goff. Given how much the team mortgaged last season to trade up and get the quarterback, fans and coaches need to see some sort of improvement after his disastrous 2016.
ESPN’s Insiders did a roundtable in which they made early 2017 predictions. One of the questions was which quarterback will take the biggest leap in 2017.
Aaron Schatz, who’s the head of Football Outsiders, had this to say:
“Jared Goff is the choice here, but only because he was so bad last year that “not the worst starting quarterback in the league” would qualify as a colossal leap forward. Having Sean McVay around to run the Rams’ offense will be a big help, though; last year’s game film should all be burned and forgotten.”
Schatz doesn’t give Goff a lot of praise, basically saying that he can’t possibly get any worse. However, given the Rams’ offseason additions, there is reason to believe that Goff could take a huge leap. The team fired head coach Jeff Fisher and offensive coordinator Rob Boras, both of which were the head of the worst offense in the NFL in back to back years.
The Rams then went on to hire offensive minded Sean McVay and Atlanta Falcons QB coach Matt LaFleur. Both of which are huge improvements. Personnel-wise the Rams signed Andrew Whitworth to protect Goff’s blindside and then spent the majority of the draft on weapons to develop around him such as tight end Gerald Everett.
Golf’s bar in 2017 is low. Any sort of improvement would give Rams fans hope that the Cal quarterback can turn into a viable starting option.
Carson Wentz, who the Rams passed on at number one overall, garnered the majority of the votes for this category. Tyrod Taylor of the Buffalo Bills also got a vote.