Isaac Bruce was an absolute legend not for the LA Rams but the St. Louis Rams. The different city, though, doesn’t mean that the Hall of Fame wide receiver doesn’t pay attention to his former team. In fact, he has a pretty strong opinion about who should play quarterback for the Rams, as it appears that he doesn’t think it should be Jared Goff anymore.
Isaac Bruce is a Rams legend
Isaac Bruce was a second-round pick with the LA Rams in 1994, and after playing in LA in 1994, Bruce played for the St. Louis Rams from 1995 through 2007.
He only caught 21 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns in 1994, but in 1995, Bruce became a star. He caught 119 passes for 1,781 yards and 13 touchdowns. Then, in 1996, he earned his first Pro Bowl selection, as he caught 84 passes for a league-leading 1,338 receiving yards and seven TDs.
Bruce then only played in 12 and then five games in 1997 and 1998. However, in 1999, he helped the Rams become the best team in the NFL. Bruce earned his first of three consecutive Pro Bowl selections that season, as he caught 77 passes for 1,165 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also helped them ultimately win the Super Bowl that year. During their three games in the playoffs, Bruce caught 13 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns.
Bruce then ultimately gained 1,000 receiving yards or more in four consecutive seasons from 1999 through 2002, and six times in eight seasons from 1999 through 2006. He also helped the Rams get back to the Super Bowl during the 2001 season.
Bruce’s final year with the Rams was in 2007, and he then played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2008 and 2009. The 2009 season was then his last in the NFL.
Bruce ultimately earned four Pro Bowl selections in his career, and caught 1,024 passes, which is No. 13 all-time. He also gained 15,208 receiving yards, which is fifth all-time, and he recorded 91 receiving touchdowns, which is 12th.
Jared Goff has had an up-and-down career with the LA Rams
Jared Goff went to the LA Rams with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. He only played in seven games in 2016, but in 2017, he earned a Pro Bowl selection. Goff ultimately threw for 3,804 yards, 28 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
During 2018, though, Goff was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and the Rams were one of the best teams. He threw for 4,688 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. The Rams also went 13-3 and reached the Super Bowl. His play then helped him sign a four-year, $134 million contract with the Rams, per Spotrac, but he hasn’t played as well in the last two seasons.
Goff only threw 22 touchdowns in 2019 to go with a career-high 16 interceptions. Then, in 15 games in 2020, Goff threw for 3,952 yards, his lowest total since 2017. He also only threw 20 touchdowns, his fewest since his rookie year, and 13 interceptions.
Goff’s inconsistency has led to Bruce not being too high on his former team’s QB.
Isaac Bruce is ready for the Rams to move on from Goff
“I kind of called one of my friends that’s behind that curtain in that draft room for the Rams,” Bruce said. “Those type players, they give defenses fits.”
This means that if Deshaun Watson were to become available with the Houston Texans, Bruce would love for the Rams to go after him.
“I’d love to see it, I’m just going to be honest,” Bruce said. “I think Deshaun Watson is a great talent. He can throw the football well. He’s a competitor. You don’t have to worry about if this guy is going to show up this Sunday. At all.”
That isn’t all, though. Bruce would actually start John Wolford over Goff in LA’s upcoming playoff game. Goff couldn’t play in the Rams’ Week 17 game against the Cardinals, so Wolford started and threw for 231 yards and an interception but also ran for 56 yards on six attempts.
“I would play Wolford,” Bruce said. “Just because the Seahawks are coming in with the unknown, they haven’t seen Wolford up close and personal; they have one game of film on him. He’s serviceable as far as throwing the ball. … He adds that extra ability with his legs. Hey, man, that’s what the league is turning into right now.”
Well, that’s interesting. Jared Goff apparently has a lot to prove if he wants the support of some former Rams players.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference