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Today’s Take: The Los Angeles Rams wasted their money on Jared Goff.
The Argument: That was soooo clearly on display Sunday against the 49ers. While Goff has been the model of inconsistency throughout his NFL career, the trend lines peaked early in the 2018 season. The lines have been trending down ever since, and the regression has been clear since he banked that $110 million guaranteed contract extension before this season. There were three things which happened Sunday in Los Angeles that should have Rams’ management guzzling Maalox by the quart over the direction their $110 million quarterback looks to be heading.
First of all, the Los Angeles Rams only managed 165 yards of total offense. That marks the first time the Rams notched under 200 total yards since Sean McVay became the head coach. That includes the disappearing act the Rams’ offense pulled in the Super Bowl against New England. Sunday against San Francisco certainly wasn’t the Super Bowl, but it was a big game in terms of determining who wins the NFC West. Like the Super Bowl, it was another big game in which Jared Goff didn’t show up.
Secondly, don’t even try to tell me that lack of offensive production was due to the absence of Todd Gurley. Part of the reason you pay a quarterback is to come up with more than 78 yards passing when your bell-cow running back is hurt. But Goff didn’t look like a guy who just got paid; he looked more like the in-over-his-head rookie he was in 2016.
Lastly, there’s an old saying about quarterbacks get paid to convert on 3rd down. Sunday against the 49ers, the Rams went 0-13 on conversion attempts on 3rd and 4th down. If that old saying is true, then the Rams need to find a way to get their money back.
Change my mind.
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