Cold weather football is the great equalizer. Quarterbacks like Alex Smith, Andy Dalton, and Kirk Cousins may fool you in September but when the cold hits, those guys never win. You know who else fits that category? Jared Goff and he
The 2016 NFL Draft is one that will go down in history. Two quarterbacks sat at the top of the draft board. The Titans and Browns held the first and second pick and both teams decided to move down passing on those quarterbacks. The Rams gave up a package of picks to move up for the first overall pick. The Eagles gave up slightly less to move up for the second overall pick. The Eagles were going to get whoever was left between Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. Luckily for them, the Rams were stupid enough to draft Jared Goff.
Flashback to 2016. Here are my draft notes on Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. I called Wentz a franchise quarterback. He reminded me of Andrew Luck. Wentz already has a Super Bowl ring (don’t kid yourself, the Eagles don’t win last year without Wentz clinching home field). I called Goff a bust. His best case scenario was a worse version of Matt Ryan. His more likely version was Kyle Boller. A west coast quarterback who has a noodle arm and gets jittery in the pocket any time he gets hit. December football is starting to reveal the latter version of Goff.
Over the last three weeks of the season, no quarterback has been worse than Jared Goff. His passer rating of 51.3 over the last three weeks is the worst in the NFL (other than Mark Sanchez who has been benched). The last three games, Goff has thrown 1 touchdown and 7 interceptions. That includes games in a dome against the Lions, at Chicago, and at home against the banged-up Eagles.
This issue goes much further than just the stats. Watch the games. He has a noodle arm. Goff couldn’t even throw the ball Sunday night against the Bears. In five games that Goff has played where the kickoff weather was below 40 degrees, the numbers don’t lie. Goff’s completion percentage in those five games is 49.7 percent. In all of Goff’s other career games, his completion percentage is well above 60 percent.
You can’t take the West coast out of Goff. He’s a California kid that grew up on the beach. You saw it against the Eagles. Hit him a couple times and he looks like he’s trying to throw the ball while juggling with quicksand underneath his feet. Things will only get worse because it’s only going to get colder. There’s no heart. No toughness. No grit. No grind.
It’s hard to even root for Jared Goff. He looked like an idiot on Hard Knocks. Goff is one of the few quarterbacks in the league that can rival Eli Manning for
Jared Goff will never win a Super Bowl. His chances of winning a road playoff game in cold weather seems almost impossible. Here’s the worst issue the Rams are facing. The Rams are winning! What happens when Goff commands a mega contract extension and the roster loses 5-6 good players? I am right about Jared Goff. He’s Kyle Boller with an unbelievable supporting coach and roster.