Rams QB Jared Goff: 'You can learn from the bad'

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Rams QB Jared Goff: 'You can learn from the bad'

By Alden Gonzalez

LOS ANGELES -- Moments following a 44-6 loss to the division-rival Arizona Cardinals late Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles Rams rookie quarterback Jared Goff went around the room, shaking hands and patting teammates on the back for a lost season that was now finished. He made sure to seek out the younger players that will remain part of the core, and he told them: "Just remember what this feels like. It's going to drive you through the offseason. It's going to drive you into next year. It's going to maybe even carry with you for the rest of your life."

Goff is only 22, just seven starts into his NFL career, but he speaks from experience, specifically the 1-11 season he absorbed as a teenage freshman at Cal.

Goff believes this season was "pretty identical" to that. "And I think the best part about it," he said, "was that we weeded out the people we needed to weed out. We changed the culture in the building, and then we won in the coming years with the same guys that were 1-11 the year before, and that's kind of what I expect to happen here, as well."

Forget his 0-7 mark as the Rams' starter. Jared Goff's teammates aren't lacking faith in him, especially defensive end William Hayes. "I've seen him grow. ... He'll be one of the best to ever play the game. That's my opinion," Hayes said. Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports
Before that happens, Goff needs to take a major step forward.

In his seven starts, the Rams lost seven games. And though Goff was hindered by a receiving corps that dropped too many passes and an offensive line that allowed too much pressure, Goff himself didn't play well, either. From his debut in Week 11 to the finale in Week 17, the 2016 No. 1 overall draft pick had the fewest yards per attempt (5.31), the second-worst Total QBR (22.2), the fourth-lowest completion percentage (54.6) and the fourth-worst touchdown-to-interception ratio (0.71).

Is it fair to judge him by that sample size?

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