Eight months is a long time. If Jared Goff and the Rams lose on Sunday, those eight months may as well be eight years. Should Los Angeles lose its season finale on New Year’s Day, Goff will have gone 0-7 to start his career.
You could add that to the Rams overall record of 4-12.
How’s that for starting an NFL career?
For the rookie quarterback, the top overall pick, and the guy the Rams effectively traded the foreseeable future for, going winless for his share of the season would be a disaster not soon forgotten over a long, long offseason of contemplation.
The time between NFL seasons can grow very long if your last game was a loss. For the number #1 overall pick to have to sit and stew on a losing streak sans ANY win, well, just imagine the mental jumping jacks he’ll likely put himself through beginning January 2nd, 2017.
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It’s also an organizational disaster, because that’s what 2016 has been for the Rams; a disaster of significant proportion.
In the wake of this season, win or lose on Sunday, the postmortems from every corner of the NFL world won’t note any moral victories. Even in Los Angeles, where the “good feelz” in the immediacy of the Fisher firing were felt most (except for maybe also St. Louis), it merely is another of many unknowns heading into a long offseason of unknowns.
Goff WILL BE the main talking point in any discussions of the new Rams head coach. He has to be given, his scattered and mostly underwhelming performance over his first six games. Coaching staff aside, enough is there to give a long pause on Goff. He just hasn’t been very good on a team that is very bad. Neither has helped each other, but in the NFL perception IS reality.
For Jared Goff and Rams fans, it is what it is.
And in Los Angeles that’s bad enough.