On paper, the Rams have a 7-4 record which puts them in the race for both a playoff spot as well as the division title. However, take a deeper look and you could discover that the Rams could have easily been 9-2 and in first place in the NFC West if it were not for two disastrous performances from Jared Goff.
In a Week 8 matchup against the Miami Dolphins, Goff was absolutely horrendous. While he compiled 355 passing yards on the day, he only managed to throw one touchdown and was picked off twice. They ultimately lost the game 28-17 while facing a rookie in his first career start. In last week’s game against the 49ers, Goff threw for 198 yards with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Final thought for tonight from Rams loss today: They've lost four straight to Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers, who today were without their starting quarterback and several key players. Sean McVay and Jared Goff need to figure it out.
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) November 30, 2020
When asked if McVay considered benching Goff in either contest, he had a bit to say.
“If I thought it was going to be the best thing to just take a deep breath and step away, then I’d say, maybe. But not in either of those situations, because both of those reflected kind of having an opportunity where there was enough plays made to get back in it. The Dolphins game, maybe a little bit different, but I thought it was important to be able to play through some of those things, learn from it, especially just based on some of the things that they were activating defensively.”
To be fair, part of the blame for the Miami loss could be pointed at McVay himself. The Rams didn’t run the ball enough, even when it had more success than the passing game. Goff also faced a lot of pressure in both scenarios, but instead of throwing the ball away or dumping it off to one of the running backs, he’s made some questionable throws that have cost the Rams.
10 turnovers in the last 4 games for Jared Goff. How concerned are you about the QB struggles?
— ESPN Los Angeles (@ESPNLosAngeles) November 30, 2020
Is it all Goff’s fault? Of course not. McVay’s play calling along with issues on the offensive line have cost the offense on the field as well. However, Goff needs to get his act together because the Rams can’t afford any more subpar performances.