The Los Angeles Rams have traded quarterback Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions. After a second consecutive mediocre season it seemed as though Goff’s time as a Ram was coming to a close as Sean McVay grew more and more frustrated. Despite the last two seasons of inconsistent quarterback play, you can’t question what Goff achieved in his time with the Rams.
He became the franchise’s 5th all-time leading passer in yards and touchdowns. Goff’s 42 wins under center are tied for third with Norm Van Brocklin. As a team, Goff helped lead the Rams back from oblivion, taking the Rams to their first playoff appearance in 13 years, their first Super Bowl in 17 years, and won three NFC West titles. Not bad for a quarterback who started 0-7.
While it’s ok to be glad that the Rams are moving on from Goff, it’s also important to appreciate what he accomplished in five years. Here are his top-10 moments.
Jared Goff Drafted 1st Overall
When the Draft order was set for the 2016 NFL Draft, it didn’t seem as if the Rams would be in position to take a quarterback. Then Les Snead did what Les Snead does and made a big move. The Rams sent multiple first round picks and other draft selections to move up to the first overall selection.
While there was controversy over whether or not the Rams would take Goff or Carson Wentz, when a team moves up to the first overall selection, more times than not they know exactly who they want. With the first overall selection, the Rams selected Jared Goff, quarterback, Cal.
After a rough 0-7 start under Jeff Fisher, Goff helped lead the Rams to an 11-5 record the next year and two a Super Bowl appearance in his third season. It’s pretty clear that the Rams won the trade with the Titans.
It was the first time the Rams selected a quarterback first overall since drafting Sam Bradford first overall in 2010. Both quarterbacks spent five years with the team.
Jared Goff’s First Win
Goff’s first win didn’t come until his second season. It took awhile, but when it finally happened, it was impressive. With Sean McVay as his new head coach Goff threw for 306 yards. He also tossed a touchdown to rookie Cooper Kupp in a 46-9 domination over the Indianapolis Colts. Goff completed 72.4% of his passes on opening day in 2017 and it was in that moment Rams fans knew that they had their guy.
A Dominating Performance to Clinch the NFC West
With a chance to clinch the NFC West for the first time since 2003, the Rams faced off against the Tennessee Titans, the team that traded away the opportunity to draft Goff. The Rams needed a big performance from their quarterback and that’s exactly what they got. Goff threw for 301 yards and tossed four touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter to Kupp that gave the Rams the lead. The Rams would win the NFC West, but lose in the playoffs to the Atlanta Falcons, setting up what was to come in 2018.
Jared Goff Gets Revenge Against Minnesota
In the 2017 season, Goff played one of his worst games under Sean McVay. It was only the second time during the season that Goff failed to throw a touchdown and the offense’s seven points were the fewest that it had scored the entire year. In 2018, Goff became a man on a mission. In the Los Angeles Coliseum against the Vikings, Goff had arguably his best game ever as a Ram.
The Rams quarterback achieved a perfect passer rating for the first time in his career while throwing for 465 yards and five touchdowns. The team ended with a 38-31 victory over the Vikings, sealing its fourth straight game with 30 or more points scored to open the season.
Jared Goff Ignites Southern California Against Chiefs
The two best teams in the NFL went head-to-head on Thursday Night Football in 2018. The game was originally meant to be played in Mexico City, but due to field conditions got moved back to Los Angeles. The Rams were unable to have their usual practice schedule because of fires that overtaken Southern California. Against the NFL’s top-rising quarterback, Jared Goff went throw-for-throw.
A back and fourth contest that is now considered one of, if not the greatest, regular season game of all-time, Goff threw four touchdowns. That included a 40-yard pass down the right sideline with under two minutes to play to give the Rams the lead. The Rams signal-caller also threw his second 400-yard game. The Rams won 54-51 to improve to 10-1.
Defeating the Saints and Winning the NFC
Despite a 13-3 record, the Rams ended up as the second seed in the NFC and traveled to New Orleans to face off against Drew Brees and the Saints. Los Angeles trailed 13-3 late in the first half, but Goff hit Brandon Cooks along the side line inside the 10 to set up a late score.
A touchdown pass to Tyler Higbee and a field goal tied the game for the first time since 0-0. New Orleans took a 23-20 lead with 1:41 to play. On the road in one of the most hostile road environments, Goff led the Rams 45 yards down the field to set up a game-tying Greg Zuerlein field goal. In overtime, Goff competed two impressive passes to Higbee, setting up a game-winning 57-yard field goal from Zuerlein. The Rams were headed to the Super Bowl.
Avenging Super Bowl Loss to Brady and the Patriots
The Rams lose the Super Bowl 13-3 to the New England Patriots, but fast-forward two years later and Jared Goff helped avenge that loss. On Monday Night Football, Goff had his best game in almost two years. The Rams quarterback threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns as the Rams defeat Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-24, on the road. Despite only throwing for 137 yards and and having a passer rating of 74.9, the Rams defeated the Patriots three weeks later.
No Thumb, No problem
Goff got benched for John Wolford in the Rams playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. However, he would come in and save the day. Breaking his thumb against the Seahawks and having surgery less than two weeks earlier, Goff was benched for Wolford. However, Wolford got hurt early in the first quarter, leading to Goff needing to come in. While not his most memorable game, the Rams quarterback tossed a touchdown pass to Robert Woods, clinching a road playoff win against the division rival.