The Los Angels Rams were ready to give up. There was a point last season where fans were calling not only for the head of Jeff Fisher but Jared Goff’s, as noted by SBNation. When the Rams selected Goff with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Rams thought they finally had their franchise signal caller. However, it never panned out that way during practices and preseason, and just like that, Jared Goff was handed a clipboard.
To start the season, Fisher elected to go with Case Keenum, who would go on to pass for 2,201 yards, nine touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a 4-5 record to go with a 60.9 completion percentage. Fisher decided to make the switch to Goff as the losing continued, but he fared no better in his first seven weeks.
Goff would go on to finish his rookie season with 1,089 passing yards, five touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a 0-7 record to go along with a 54.6 completion percentage. Needless to say, the Rams were in trouble heading into the 2017-18 season. But a new year brings a new opportunity, and it’s safe to say that Goff has taken advantage of the coaching change and freedom.
Why Jared Goff is The Comeback Player Of The Year In The NFL
Goff has put that dreadful rookie year behind him and has led the Los Angeles Rams back to respectability. Entering Week 16, the Rams are 10-4 and tied for the third-best record in the NFC. The once-forgotten quarterback of his rookie class has managed to turn his career around drastically by passing for 3,503 yards, 24 touchdowns, and seven interceptions to go with a 62.4 completion percentage.
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While comparing stats from his two seasons in the NFL, it’s worth noting that Goff has a better command of the intangibles. In 2016, Goff only passed for over 150 yards just three times in seven starts. However, this season, Goff has reached that mark an astounding 12 times. His growth is apparent, his team is winning, and he’s the leader. What player in the NFL has had a more productive turnaround than Goff?
Goff clearly deserves the Comeback Player of the Year award in the NFL, and it would be a shame if voters thought otherwise.