Mays: Rams Fans Need To Be Patient With Jared Goff

Goff didn't have a great Super Bowl, but Robert Mays isn't willing to write off the 24-year-old just yet

Reiter Than You
February 06, 2019 - 9:19 am

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After Jared Goff’s subpar Super Bowl performance, many fans and analysts are questioning whether the 24-year-old has what it takes to lead Sean McVay’s offense and be a championship quarterback.

The Ringer’s Robert Mays is not one of those people.

“Jared Goff has started something like 40 games in the NFL, and the first year doesn’t count whatsoever,” Mays said on Reiter Than You. “That may seem like it’s a long time – two straight seasons under Sean McVay. It’s not. The reason that guys like Drew Brees and Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are who they are is because they’ve seen everything. They understand how to process information. I’m not saying Jared Goff has the capacity to become those guys mentally, but the timing is important. And if he does have that capacity, it’s going to be a little bit more time before we see it.

“Guys like Mahomes, guys like Deshaun Watson, guys like Baker Mayfield, there’s a chance that these guys are just absolute unicorns,” Mays continued. “But for the most part, we have not seen young quarterbacks succeed. Outside of this current crop in the last two seasons, its really Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck post-2011. Cam Newton, you could throw him him in there. There aren’t that many guys. It takes a long time for this to happen.”

Which is why Mays would rather be patient with Goff than throw in the towel. Goff, by the way, has 60 touchdowns to just 19 interceptions over the last two seasons. 

That ain’t bad.

“That’s why you’ll never get me to write off Jared Goff just yet,” Mays said. “They won 13 games this year. This is a terrible game for him and McVay, but we all need to sit down and take a deep breath about this stuff.”