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Where Would Rams Be with Prescott at QB, Instead of Goff?

November 25th, 2020 · No Comments · Football, NFL, Rams

Why aren’t more people talking about this?

Is it just me? “Stuck” over here in France, getting a limited amount of NFL in my TV diet?

The Los Angeles Rams moved heaven and earth (and six high draft picks, to Tennessee) so that they could make Cal quarterback Jared Goff the first pick of the 2016 draft. I well-remember that part of this. Goff, the guy to lead the Rams back to celebrity status in the nation’s No. 2 media market.

How did that turn out?

Four-and-a-half seasons later, we have to concede “not particularly well”. Given what might have been.

The Rams played in a Super Bowl at the end of the 2018 season, and that usually would be considered a coup … but they lost that game 13-3 to the New England Patriots, and Goff had a lousy game.

The one field goal the Rams managed, as Goff was daunted by Patriots defenders, accounted for the fewest points scored by any team in 54 editions of the Super Bowl. The kind of dreadfully dull defeat fans should want to forget.

Maybe that explains why I did not remember, until 10 minutes ago, that Dak Prescott went to the Dallas Cowboys with the 135th pick in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft. That is, 134 picks after the Rams went all in by drafting Jared Goff.

Goff can run an offense. His accuracy is pretty good. His arm strength is OK.

But, overall, his talent ceiling is not high enough for the Rams to be champions on his watch.

Prescott’s, however, is good enough.

Goff’s biggest problem is his lack of poise in the pocket. He holds the ball too long, he too often stares at the man he is going to pass to, and he has no “escape dimension” — the ability to get out of a collapsing pocket and make a play with his legs. Never mind the ability to call his own number and take off.

Goff? Stay in the pocket, and get rid of the ball muy pronto. Because a rusher he doesn’t see or “feel” (skills some QBs have) may be about to slam into him.

Remember the game at Miami a few weeks ago? Goff was unable to adjust to the pressure the Dolphins brought, and he threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles. He was discombobulated. Panicked. That was the game during which I decided the Rams will not win a Super Bowl with Goff running the offense.

But they could have won one with Dak Prescott, who can do everything Goff can do … and then we add his running talents to the package, and we can only imagine how many more games the Rams would have won since 2016. For starters, I like the chances of them winning that Super Bowl over New England, with Prescott under center.

The Cowboys went 13-3 in Prescott’s rookie year, 2016, when he was named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year. The same season in which the Rams didn’t allow rookie Goff to play until the final seven games, none of which the Rams won. Meanwhile, Prescott, playing nearly every snap, helped the Cowboys get the No. 1 playoffs seed in the NFC.

The following season, the Rams hired Sean McVay as coach, and even Goff could look OK in McVay’s system, which also was helped along by peak-value Todd Gurley at running back.

When Gurley went down the following season, and the Rams running game struggled, Goff was exposed. He could not carry a team. He can punch a clock and put in a solid shift, but it is impossible to imagine him ever lifting the Lombardi Trophy.

Prescott? Oh, yeah, I definitely can see that — even as he sits out the rest of this season recuperating from a badly injured ankle, in Week 5.

To expand on his big edge, running the football … In his career Prescott has run for 1,314 yards on 259 carries and scored 24 rushing touchdowns. Goff? 142 carries for 259 yards and eight TDs.

So, yeah. Imagine the Rams with Dak Prescott at quarterback. What might he and Gurley and McVay have done? Or Prescott and McVay and the 2020 Rams defense, currently No. 1 in yards allowed per game, and No. 2 in points allowed.

The Rams are bumping along, atop the NFC West (at 7-3) with a tough home stretch: San Francisco, at Arizona, New England, the N.Y. Jets, at Seattle, home versus Arizona.

Maybe they make the playoffs, maybe they don’t. One way or another, they are not winning the Super Bowl, not as long as Jared Goff is playing quarterback for them.


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