THOUSAND OAKS, CA – Jared Goff had never played three straight football games in his adult life without throwing a touchdown pass before he got blanked in November with the Los Angeles Rams.
The quarterback with the biggest contract in NFL history didn’t throw a scoring pass against Pittsburgh, Chicago or Baltimore while the Rams (6-5) went 1-2. He did throw five interceptions, and Los Angeles’ struggles in the passing game contributed greatly to a month in which the Rams scored only two offensive touchdowns and saw their playoff chances whittled to a sliver.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow, and definitely something that made you sick,” Goff said Wednesday of the Rams’ 45-6 home loss to the Ravens in which he passed for 212 yards — 111 in the fourth quarter of the blowout. “Something you never want to relive or have to go through.”
The Rams’ franchise quarterback and the coach responsible for his rise insist the former No. 1 pick’s drought is just a blip. They’re publicly confident the Rams can recover from the 39-point pasting they took from the Ravens on Monday night, which damaged their postseason hopes and increased the unflattering nature of the spotlight on Goff when he plays alongside an elite quarterback like Lamar Jackson.
“As we’ve now gone into our third year working together, there’s a lot of things that both he and I ... can continue to learn from and make sure that we use,” coach Sean McVay said Wednesday.
So the 25-year-old quarterback who got the most guaranteed money in NFL history — $110 million — earlier this year when he signed an extension that doesn’t even kick in until 2021 is still learning, the Rams say.
But no amount of study has changed the fact Goff isn’t producing at the elite level mandated by his contract and pedigree — or even the solid levels of the last two seasons, in which he threw 60 touchdown passes and led Los Angeles to two NFC West titles and a Super Bowl.
Goff claims he feels no additional pressure from his massive contract and the accompanying responsibilities.