Theismann: Goff "Performed Admirably" In Super Bowl

Jared Goff finished with one interception, four sacks and zero touchdowns Sunday

Reiter Than You
February 05, 2019 - 8:42 am

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Jared Goff didn’t have a great Super Bowl. He finished 19-of-38 for 229 yards, one interception, four sacks and failed to engineer a single touchdown drive.

The Rams lost, 13-3, to New England.

Is Goff the right quarterback for Sean McVay?

“I think he is,” Super Bowl champion Joe Theismann said on Reiter Than You. “I really do. I think he performed very admirably under an incredibly intense pass rush. They couldn’t find a rhythm. They weren’t going to get 10-, 11-, 12-play drives. They were basically a chunk football team anyway, and you control it by running the football – which they weren’t able to do.”

Indeed, the Rams rushed 18 times for 62 yards (3.4 yards per carry).

“I thought New England said, ‘Look, we’re not going to let you run the football,’” Theismann said. “‘We’ll take our chances with the young quarterback, we’ll throw a bunch of stuff up there that he hasn’t seen before, and then we’ll make tackles and we’ll count on our offense to get enough.’ That, to me, looked like the strategy.”

Still, Theismann believes that McVay will use this loss as a learning experience. He also thinks that the outcome easily could have been different.

“I think Sean is going to look at this game and say, ‘This is what we could have done better,’” Theismann said. “As tight a game as this was, Brandin Cooks is wide open in the middle of the football field. Jared releases the ball late. I’ve said it all year: I think he holds the ball just a beat too long. And then Brandin has a chance to make a great play – not an easy catch, a great play – and that one gets knocked away from him. In this kind of a game, it was going to be one or two plays that were going to make the difference in this football game – and it really did.”

Todd Gurley, meanwhile, was quiet yet again, finishing with 10 carries for 35 yards and one catch for minus-1 yards.

Gurley says he’s healthy. Should we believe him?

“I do at this point,” Theismann said. “First of all, they weren’t given a whole lot of snaps in the first half. But really, the guys out on the field did an unbelievable job.”