Rank: Jared Goff Not Where Rams Want Him To Be

Goff committed four turnovers in a 55-40 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday

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September 30, 2019 - 11:56 am
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Jared Goff did not have a good day at the office Sunday. He threw for 517 yards and two touchdowns, yes, but he also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble, which essentially ended the game. 

The Rams trailed Tampa Bay 48-40 with just over a minute to go when Goff fumbled. Former Ram Ndamukong Suh recovered the ball and took it 37 yards to the house to give Tampa Bay a 55-40 win.

It was the Rams’ (3-1) first loss of the season, but Goff – who has thrown six touchdowns and six interceptions through four games – has been shaky.

“Jared Goff made some poor choices,” NFL Network analyst Adam Rank said on The DA Show. “That team is talented, but they have not looked the same ever since the end of last year. As much as people talk about quarterback play, what is up with Jared Goff? Is he going to be the guy going forward?”

Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, threw 60 touchdowns to just 19 interceptions in 2017-18. This year, however, has been a struggle. 

Not great timing given that Goff signed a four-year, $134 million deal in September.

“That guy’s already been paid,” Rank said. “The Rams have already invested in him. That’s a tough one. We’ll see how they bounce back on Thursday against the Seahawks, but this is not indicative of where I think the Rams wanted to be.”

The Buccaneers, meanwhile, finally had a breakout game under Bruce Arians. Jameis Winston had one of the best games of his career, going 28-of-41 for 385 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. 

“Has Bruce Arians figured out Jameis Winston?” Rank asked. “That’s one of the things that we thought. We’ve seen flashes previously. We’ve seen him go out and dominate for a stretch of time but never really quite bought in. And now, with Bruce Arians, there’s somebody who has a pedigree of turning quarterbacks around.”

Chris Godwin had 12 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns, while Mike Evans had four catches for 89 yards and a score.

“I was shocked,” Rank said. “Jameis Winston is out there throwing it all over the field. He’s got both guys going off.”

The Bucs (2-2) have won two of their last three games after a disastrous season-opening loss to the Niners in which Winston threw for 194 yards, one touchdown and thee picks.

“We were too quick to dismiss it,” Rank said of the Bucs’ offense. “Week 4 is really when these guys get a sense of where they’re going to be. I’ve gotten my hopes up before. I’m hopeful this is going to be the (game) that turns it around.”

The Bucs play the Saints (3-1) in New Orleans this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.