Jared Goff is ready to transform back into the All-Pro quarterback who threw for 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with new offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell.
According to Stu Jackson of Rams, O’Connell spoke about how he plans to design an offense that will give Goff more freedom for the upcoming 2020 NFL season.
“There’s a layer going into his fifth year — his fourth year in the offense — of ownership where you feel strongly about presenting him with a plan where he could truly have some ownership while also understanding at the end of the day, it’s just about being great with the details of doing his job,” O’Connell said about Goff.
The quality that separates the elite quarterbacks from the rest is their ability to modify plays at the line of scrimmage based on what they see from the defense.
Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees have all been given the liberty to do so in their offenses and that will be the next challenge for Goff in his fifth season.
If Goff can master it, he will take the offense to a new level by allowing them to make adjustments on the fly and better take advantage of opposing defenses.
This will be especially important since the Rams will be implementing new players on offense, which is something they have not had to deal with recently.
With Todd Gurley gone, O’Connell and head coach Sean McVay will be utilizing a running back committee, each with different strengths and weaknesses.
Since McVay arrived in 2017, Goff has been able to rely on defenses keying in on Gurley in the backfield, therefore making his job as a quarterback much easier.
However, defenses will most likely not show that same respect to Cam Akers, Malcolm Brown, and Darrell Henderson to at least start the new season.
Goff will be tasked with shouldering the offense more than ever before and employing a system that allows him to improvise can only help his development.
With O’Connell and McVay firmly in his corner, Goff looks primed to vault himself into the elite tier of quarterbacks and lead the Rams to the 2021 NFL playoffs.