As I could not be more excited for the upcoming NFL season, I have been listening to many NFL podcasts, just to absorb as much NFL preview information as possible. One of the podcasts that I have been listening to is Bill Simmons’ The Ringer NFL Show, which is hosted by pretentious snob NFL writers, who are obsessed with stats like DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) and have never played a snap of football in their lives.
One thing I have noticed on podcasts like this, is that the stat nerds who host them continuously make fun of Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft) and are already convinced he is a bust and the Rams are a terribly run organization because they drafted Goff ahead of Carson Wentz. Or Dak Prescott. Who the whole league missed on. Twice. Before he was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round and fell into an incredible situation which was pure luck. Tony Romo gets hurt. Kellen Moore gets hurt. Dak Prescott forced to start behind the league’s best offensive line with weapons all over the field.
Jared Goff started just seven games as a rookie. Seven. Goff was battered behind what may have been one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, an offensive line so bad that the most physically gifted running back in the NFL Todd Gurley was held to 3.2 yards per carry and 6 touchdowns, down from 4.8 yards per carry and 10 touchdowns in 2015.
Jared Goff’s top receivers as a rookie were Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Lance Kendricks and Tavon Austin. Of these four players, only one is still with the Rams a year later, Tavon Austin and he is sliding down the depth chart.
So Jared Goff was not Dak Prescott as a rookie, he did not immediately turn the franchise around, is that really what we should expect from a young quarterback going to an awful team?
Goff is 22-years-old. He has a terrible supporting cast. Can you give him a minute before you label him a Jamarcus Russell level bust?
This offseason the Rams added weapons for Jared Goff, they now have a potential superstar in Sammy “if he can stay healthy” Watkins, they drafted Cooper Kupp who is drawing rave reviews, they added Robert Woods along with young tight ends Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee. Goff’s weapons are much better. While Goff’s protection is not going to be the best in the NFL, the offensive line should be improved with the addition of grizzled veterans Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan.
Give Goff a chance.
As a rookie in 1998 Peyton Manning led the NFL with 28 interceptions, and now he is unanimously considered a top three quarterback of all-time
I am not saying Jared Goff is going to be Peyton Manning. I am not saying Goff is going to be an all-time great. He might be a bust. All I am saying is, give the kid a chance! Goff played seven games behind an awful offensive line with no weapons, let’s give him more than seven games before laughing when his name comes up, and talking about what a mistake the Rams made by drafting him first overall.
I am not a Rams fan, I am not a Goff fan, but I hope that he realizes his potential this during the 2017 NFL season and plays well.
Then shoves it down the throats of his hipster blogger critics at The Ringer.
NOTE: On The Ringer’s NFL Show, Bill Simmons cronies Robert Mays and Kevin Clark discussed why they expect the New York Giants to regress in 2017, and one of them mentioned that they jumped from 30th in defense in 2015 to 2nd in defense in 2016, but they could not figure out why this happened. During the 2016 offseason, the Giants added defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison, pass rusher Olivier Vernon, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins in free agency. Then they traded up to draft safety Landon Collins in the second round of the NFL Draft. That’s four All Pro caliber starting defenders added to the defense in one offseason. Could that have something to do with the Giants meteoric rise in defensive ranking?
Then the podcast took a turn, and they spent the rest of the show talking about why the Jets should not play a quarterback at all this season. Seriously. They said the Jets should play three running backs, direct snap the ball to them, and never run a passing play. They were serious about this. I think the major reasons that the Jets will not employ the brilliant offend strategy of The Ringer’s NFL writers are 1) they would never gain a yard and 2) the head coach and offensive coordinator would immediately be fired for running such a poor offensive scheme.
The Ringer’s NFL writers are brutal, I need this season to start, so I can stop listening to pointless preview podcasts by writers who do not know anything about football other than where teams were ranked in DVOA by FootballOutsiders.com.
So if you want to know which Game Of Thrones character your favorite team’s quarterback compares to, The Ringer is for you, but if you want to read about football go somewhere else.