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ESPN’s Ryan Clark Boldly Predicts Rams QB Jared Goff’s Future in the NFL

The LA Rams drafted Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft out of California and were confident he would become the team’s franchise quarterback for the next decade. However, after Goff went 0-7 during his rookie season, some Rams fans began to think the organization drafted a bust.

Goff, though, turned things around in Year 2 and 3. He threw for 3,804 yards in 2017 while going 11-4 and racked up 32 passing touchdowns in 2018. The Rams made the Super Bowl in 2018 behind Goff’s stellar play on offense, but the club lost to the New England Patriots.

Before his fourth year in the NFL, Jared Goff signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension with the Rams. Since signing that deal, the gunslinger has looked like a below-average QB in the NFL. As a result, former Pittsburgh Steelers star and current ESPN analyst Ryan Clark believes Goff could endure a big change this offseason.

Jared Goff is 18-13 as a starter since going to the Super Bowl

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Jared Goff has started 31 games since taking the Rams to the Super Bowl and signing his $134 million extension. LA is 18-13 with Goff under center over the last two years, and his relationship with head coach Sean McVay has come into question.

The Rams missed the playoffs in 2019, becoming the latest team to struggle following a Super Bowl loss. Goff threw for 22 touchdowns and 4,638 yards, but he had a career-high 16 interceptions and a total quarterback rating of 50.6.

Although Goff and the Rams made the playoffs in 2020 and upset the Seattle Seahawks on the road in the Wild Card Round, the former No. 1 overall pick wasn’t all that impressive. He threw for 3,952 yards and 20 touchdowns in the regular season and was picked off 13 times. Goff suffered a thumb injury and went under the knife, so he didn’t start the final game of the season or the playoff game vs. Seattle.

John Wolford started in Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals and played a little bit versus the Seahawks before suffering an injury. Despite undergoing surgery on his thumb, Goff came in for Wolford and went 9-of-19 for 155 yards and one touchdown in the Rams’ 30-20 win over the Seahawks. The former Pro Bowler then completed 21-of-27 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers, a game the Rams lost 32-18.

Many wondered why Sean McVay started John Wolford over Jared Goff in the Seahawks game since the latter could play. ESPN’s Ryan Clark, one of the smartest football analysts in sports media, understands why McVay did what he did.

Ryan Clark says the Rams have ‘had enough’ of Jared Goff

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Ryan Clark says the Rams have “had enough” of Jared Goff’s inconsistent play and wouldn’t be opposed to having a new starting quarterback in 2021. Multiple reports around the NFL have stated that Sean McVay and Goff are no longer on the same page.

“I think they just had enough with Jared Goff,” Clark said on ESPN’s Get Up. “I think they understand it and now they’ve gotten to a point where they don’t care. They’re done cuddling him. They’re done trying to push him along. He’s not doing the things he did in his Super Bowl run. Listen, he was healthy and could play in Seattle because he played in Seattle. They chose the other dude.”

Jared Goff has a base salary of $25.3 million in 2021. The Rams will have a hard time finding a trade partner for him if they name John Wolford the starter. It will be interesting to see what happens with Goff, but Ryan Clark wouldn’t be surprised if the righty has played his last game with the Rams.

The Rams are non-committal on the former No. 1 overall pick

Rams general manager Les Snead is non-committal on Jared Goff’s future with the club. Snead’s comments to the media make it seem like LA will have a new QB in 2021.

“Not going to get into specifics on those. That’s the beautiful mystery of the future,” Snead said. “Jared Goff is a Ram at this moment. It’s way too early to speculate.”

Stats courtesy of Football Reference.