His game is boring, but when it comes to Jared Goff, he sure seems to cause plenty of debate.
Whether it is another player in the NFL, an analyst or even fans, everybody seems to have a pretty strong opinion of Goff. Some feel he still has the potential to be a franchise quarterback, while others feel like he’s overpaid and his time as the quarterback with the Rams is up. After a strong 2017 and 2018, Goff’s play over the last two seasons has been something less than to be desired.
Each week during the season, as Goff tries to once again meet his potential, I will be ranking the quarterbacks in the NFL, looking at where Goff is — and what quarterbacks I would take over him in Sean McVay’s offense.
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
DeShaun Watson, Houston Texans
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Explanation – Not much debate over any of these guys. Some are older — like Brady and Brees — but I’ll take them for the rest of their career over Goff. With any of these guys, the Rams are competing for the number one seed rather than still fighting for a playoff spot in Week 17.
Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Explanation – These quarterbacks aren’t elite, but it’s hard to argue that they aren’t better than Jared Goff. Players like Ryan Rivers, and Stafford hasn’t accomplished much, but I think are better than Goff. Murray and Jackson have elite athleticism that Goff doesn’t have. Herbert has shown to be the best rookie quarterback to come out of the 2020 NFL Draft. Lastly, Derek Carr has come back to form this season with a revamped Nelson Agholor as his top wide receiver. He’s thrown for 3700 yards with 25 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.
Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints
Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers
Marcus Mariota, Las Vegas Raiders
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
Sam Darnold, New York Jets
Explanation – These quarterbacks I do have questions about. Winston has talent, but like Goff is a turnover machine. However, he has the athleticism that Goff does not have and he’ll also get you 30 touchdowns. Players like Bridgewater and Mariota don’t have any elite traits, but they also aren’t going to lose you games. Both are able to play the role of game manager, and again, give an offense athleticism at the quarterback position. Bridgewater led an elite team last season to a perfect 8-0 record while under center. Lastly, Cousins is a quarterback that gets a lot of criticism, but he’s actually had a good 2020. He’s thrown for 3800 yards and while he and Goff have the same number of interceptions, Cousins also has 32 touchdowns.
Close, but not Goff (3)
Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers
Explanation – This is when it really starts to get close. However, I would still take these players over what Jared Goff has shown over the last two seasons. Minshew has led a bad Jaguars team this season, but give him the coaching and defense that the Rams have and the Rams either have the same record or maybe are a game or two better. Love hasn’t played a NFL snap, but his arm talent and athleticism give me a reason to see what he has and put him over Goff.
Close, but probably Goff (7)
Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
Daniel Jones, New York Giants
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Jimmy Garroppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Explanation – All of these quarterbacks don’t show much of what Goff doesn’t already and they certainly aren’t going to add any more. Hill, Hurts, and Tua are all unproven and haven’t shown a lot at the quarterback position. Wentz and Mayfield are just as prone to turnovers and the Eagles quarterback has injury concerns. Jones is very prone to turnovers and Garropolo doesn’t give the Rams more than what Goff already does.
Definitely Goff (13)
Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears
Nick Foles, Chicago Bears
Brandon Allen, Cincinnati Bengals
Case Keenum, Cleveland Browns
Tyrod Taylor, Los Angeles Chargers
Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys
Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers
Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts
Alex Smith, Washington
Dwayne Haskins, Washington
Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brett Rypien, Denver Broncos
Cam Newton, New England Patriots
Explanation – All of these quarterbacks have serious question marks and would arguably make the Rams a worse football team.
Where does that leave Goff?
Overall I have 27 quarterbacks that I would take over Jared Goff. Right now the Rams are winning games in spite of their quarterback, not because of him. Over the last two years, he’s turned the ball over 38 times. That’s an average of 1.23 times per game. In comparison, Mayfield 1.16 and Wentz is at 1.18. Sean McVay asks Goff to not do one thing which is not to turn the ball over. Unfortunately, turning the ball over is the one thing that Goff has done consistently.
The Rams have a top-5 offensive coach, a top-10 supporting case, and a top-5 defense. The defense is one of 13 groups to create 21 or more turnovers. Of those teams, the Rams are one of two to have a negative turnover differential along with the Dallas Cowboys.
Right now, Goff is a bottom-10 starting quarterback and has left McVay and Snead with a difficult predicament given his contract. McVay and Snead are going to have to have hard conversations regarding Goff and the quarterback position this offseason. It’s clear that Goff is no longer the answer, but it’s also clear that they are stuck with him for the next two years.