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Sport Opinion: Rams are paying the true price of their $134 million investment in QB Jared Goff

02:55  12 november  2019
02:55  12 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Rams handed Jared Goff a four-year, $ 134 million contract extension this offseason, and the quarterback is already letting the team down. As it stands now, the Rams ’ heavy investment in Goff is backfiring – especially when considering there was no urgent need to lock up the quarterback

Are there better quarterbacks than Jared Goff ? In Goff ’s second year as an NFL starter he and the Rams got to a Super Bowl, and he was far more responsible Because Detroit’s Matthew Stafford has been the highest- paid player in the league, the Lions can only paint their holes instead of filling them.

PITTSBURGH – It’s open season on Jared Goff, and not just because the Los Angeles Rams gave their franchise quarterback a massive contract extension before the start of the season.

a person wearing a helmet: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after throwing an incomplete pass during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 10, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.© Joe Sargent, Getty Images Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after throwing an incomplete pass during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 10, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Steelers teed off on Goff on Sunday, when they dismantled Sean McVay’s creative offense the old-fashioned way: They dominated up front to constantly batter or otherwise harass the quarterback, then played physical on the back end to challenge, disrupt and often separate passes from intended targets.

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Jared Goff has been a prolific NFL quarterback ever since Sean McVay joined him with the Los Angeles Rams . Goff is making about .3 million this season before his pay is scheduled to jump to .8 million in 2020. The Rams have tied up the most important elements of their NFC-winning

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It was the type of game that begged for a star quarterback to will his team to victory. We’ve seen it from Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and lately, Lamar Jackson.

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But Goff, despite the four-year, $134 million extension that includes a record $110 million in guaranteed money, is hardly that guy. When the script goes haywire, he too often follows suit.

No, it’s not all on Goff, who was sacked four times by Pittsburgh in the 17-12 defeat and indeed showed grit by repeatedly hanging in to take poundings he knew were coming as he released the football. His offensive line is an injury-battered mess, with two starters going down Sunday to cause more of the shuffling that contrasts the stability of the unit during the Rams' rise to prominence over the previous two years.

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Jerry Goff , Jared ’s father, played major league baseball when Jared was young. Jerry said he ingrained in his son the importance of hard work if he wanted to make it as a pro, in any sport. And he also has had plenty of conversations with Jared about the importance of knowing his place in any

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It makes me wonder whether the Rams could have done more to keep Rodger Saffold from defecting to the Tennessee Titans as a free agent, seeing that L.A. has already used a half-dozen players at Saffold’s old left guard position. The musical chairs situation just goes to show that when the line is shaky, the whole thing can go kaput.

Yet that’s exactly why the Rams need Goff to show that he’s more than a “system quarterback.”

Unless he’s not.

As it stands now, the Rams’ heavy investment in Goff is backfiring – especially when considering there was no urgent need to lock up the quarterback who on his original contract wasn’t eligible to be a free agent until 2021, even if the Rams didn’t use a franchise tag on him. For the short term, the salary cap dollars might have been used in other areas. Fair or not, fans have had a field day bashing Goff for the big contract, as he carries mediocre numbers, including a TD-to-INT ratio of 11:9 and a passer rating of 82.7.

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McVay was quick to defend his quarterback after the latest exhibit, which he is supposed to do, coinciding with the broader-than-him evidence. The Rams were 1-of-14 on third-down conversions and in failing to reach the end zone, extended their dubious streak of possessions without a touchdown to 18. With big-play receiver Brandin Cooks out with an injury, the Steelers shut out Cooper Kupp (4 targets, 0 catches).

“It was a collaboration of everybody can be better,” McVay said.

True. But quarterbacks have the most ability to make the supporting cast better. And many times they are the face of dysfunction. You know the deal: Too much credit, too much blame.

The shaky optics with Goff, who had a season-low 51.2 passer rating on Sunday, included him being pulled for a third-and-2 call in the third quarter – briefly benched for Blake Bortles, who was then stuffed for a minimal gain as he tried to run around right end.

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Jared Goff is going to get paid a lot of money in the very near future. If it’s the Rams who pay him that money, then the team’s Super Bowl window may be closing sooner rather than later. The Rams will pick up his fifth-year option for the 2020 season, which will pay him north of million for that season.

What big-time quarterback gets pulled in that situation? Not many. McVay said it was in the game plan to spring Bortles in for a run in the right situation.

When I asked Goff how that sits with him as the starting quarterback, he said, “It’s good. I’m not happy that it didn’t work. But if it worked, it’s totally good. I’ve been in situations before where we’ve done that and it worked, and it’s good.”

Since it didn’t work on a day when the Steelers' defense was clicking, it looked to be a bit too cute. And with the way Todd Gurley was running (73 yards, 6.1 per carry) you might wonder how it sits with him, too, for the backup quarterback to get the call for a key run.

In any event, the heat on Goff will probably only intensify from here. After a 3-0 start, the Rams (5-4) have lost four of the past six games. The slide started weirdly enough, as Goff passed for over 500 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but still lost after the Rams gave up 55 points, while the two victories came against a pair last-place teams, the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals. Next up: home dates against the Chicago Bears, who still have one of the league’s most potent defenses, and the surging Baltimore Ravens. The San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and two games against the improving Arizona Cardinals round out the schedule.

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Jared Goff signed a 4 year extension with the Los Angeles Rams on September 6, 2019. The extension is worth $ 134 million in new money over 4 years. We are estimating Goff to receive ,042,682 fully guaranteed at signing. The full guarantee consists of a million signing bonus

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The way it’s trending, the Rams look like they could be the next example of the Super Bowl loser that comes back the next season and doesn’t even make the playoffs. Goff doesn’t sound worried, but maybe that’s the no-panic response mechanism at work. Regardless, this is a crisis.

“We’d like to be 9-0,” Goff countered. “Unfortunately, we’re not. We’ve got some things to battle through.”

Goff said he’s confident because they’ve rebounded before.

“We have the guys,” he said. “We’ve done it before. We’ve got the coaches. We’ve got the right guy calling the plays. It’s all there. We just need to execute and be who we know we are.”

They were NFC champs last year, when Goff and the system often ran like a well-oiled machine.

But that was then. And this is now. The machine needs to be fixed before it’s too late.

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