The Los Angeles Rams will have a lot of drama surrounding the quarterback position this offseason. Jared Goff’s play has been underwhelming over the last two years and it’s clear that he is not the same quarterback that the team signed to a massive contract two years ago.
Rams general manager Les Snead took the podium on Tuesday in Mobile, Alabama during the senior bowl and was asked about the Goff and his future with the team. Said Snead, “Not going to get into specifics on those. That’s the beautiful mystery of the future. … Jared Goff is a Ram at this moment. It’s way too early to speculate.”
GM Les Snead, when asked point-blank whether Jared Goff might not be on the Rams next season: "Not going to get into specifics on those. That's the beautiful mystery of the future. … Jared Goff is a Ram at this moment. It's way too early to speculate."
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) January 26, 2021
This is directly aligned to what McVay said after the loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional round. McVay was quoted saying, “Yeah, he’s our quarterback right now.” The head coach continued, “Everything’s being evaluated. I’m not ready to make any sort of statements with regards to anybody — starting position or not, we’re going to have a level of competition at everything that we do.”
This is night and day to the tone of Snead and McVay on Goff after the 2018 season. The narrative on the Los Angeles Rams quarterback has certainly changed. This was a team with a championship caliber defense that had to play back-to-back road games in the playoffs, including the top-seed in the second round, because of mistakes against inferior opponents by Goff.
If Jared Goff was in this team’s long-term plans, you would think the head coach and GM would just come out and say it. Neither of them have done so. McVay said a week ago that everything and everyone is being evaluated. It’s doubtful that’s the case when it comes to Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Andrew Whitworth, etc. Jared Goff should be in that group of names, but the fact of the matter is, he’s not.
It was easy to sense the uncertainty when it came to Goff from McVay after the Packers game. Now, a week later, the general manager has seemed to back up that statement. Goff’s contract certainly complicates things, but he’s not impossible to move either. It only takes one team to say yes.