Rams coach Sean McVay is confident Goff will continue to develop in 2018, despite losing former offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to the Titans and former quarterbacks coach Greg Olson to the Raiders, Myles Simmons of the team's official website reports.
Perhaps more important than the aforementioned coaching changes, the Chiefs outbid the Rams for Sammy Watkins, who accounted for eight of Goff's 28 passing touchdowns last year. It shouldn't be a crippling blow, considering Watkins had only 39 receptions for 593 yards on 70 targets, finishing far behind Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods in all three categories. The Rams may turn to 2017 fourth-round pick Josh Reynolds for the third spot in three-wide sets, though there's still plenty of time to secure a better option via free agency or the draft. Goff figures to benefit from continuity despite the ancillary changes, as he'll still be playing behind a strong line in a McVay-directed offense with Todd Gurley in the backfield.
Goff completed just 24 of 45 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 26-13 loss to Atlanta in the wild-card round.
Because of two special-teams turnovers in the first quarter, the Los Angeles offense was quickly behind the eight ball and unable to lean on its running game Saturday. As a result, Goff was in a negative game script early, and the sophomore quarterback struggled to overcome the uphill battle he faced. Still, he connected on a number of impressive throws and kept the Rams in the game until late in the fourth quarter. Goff's strides under center this season are encouraging for his long-term outlook, and his resiliency in a tough spot Saturday shouldn't go unrecognized. Looking ahead to the 2018 season, Goff should take another step forward with head coach Sean McVay further fine-tuning the Los Angeles offensive attack in his second year calling plays.
Since the Rams were locked in as either the No. 3 or 4 seed entering Week 17, head coach Sean McVay elected to rest Goff and several other key starters for the regular-season finale against the 49ers. Mannion ultimately garnered his first career start in the loss to San Francisco, completing 20 of 34 passes for 169 yards and losing a fumble. Goff will take back the reins of the Rams offense for his first career postseason appearance and aim to build on a breakthrough regular season in which he accrued a 28:7 TD:INT ratio and 8.0 yards per attempt in 15 outings.
Teams are limited to placing a maximum of seven players on inactive lists, so the Rams deactivated absolute certainties like Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald and Andrew Whitworth. Nonetheless, head coach Sean McVay will hand backup QB Sean Mannion the keys to the offense Week 17, meaning Goff will be toting a clipboard for the entirety of this contest.
Goff will be held out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the 49ers, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Rams head coach Sean McVay suggested as much Tuesday and confirmed it Wednesday, also ruling out RB Todd Gurley, LT Andrew Whitworth, C John Sullivan and DT Aaron Donald. The reality of 53-man rosters is that it's nearly impossible to rest each of the 22 starters, but it won't come as any surprise if others players are either held out or extremely limited. Prime candidates include wideouts Robert Woods, Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp (knee), along with linebackers Alec Ogletree, Mark Barron and Robert Quinn. Sean Mannion will start at quarterback, with Macolm Brown likely replacing Gurley as the lead runner.
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