NFL quarterback power rankings: NFC West edition

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 29: Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams calls a play during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

4. Jared Goff

It has been one heck of a fall from grace for a quarterback who flourished in 2018 under Sean McVay as the Rams surged to a Super Bowl appearance.

In 2019 Goff looked every inch a quarterback who had not recovered from coming up small on the Super Bowl LIII stage.

Not helped by an offensive line that struggled mightily last season, Goff’s completion percentage regressed from 64.9 in 2018 to 62.9 in 2019. According to the NFL’s NextGen Stats, he significantly underperformed on his expected completion percentage, which was 66.5.

Goff did not deal with pressure effectively and grew increasingly careless with the football, throwing 16 interceptions to just 22 touchdowns. He threw for 32 scores in 2019.

His decline was reflective of a Rams offense that suffered from the quintessential Super Bowl hangover and served to raise doubts about a quarterback who has split opinion since Los Angeles traded up to take him first overall in 2016.

The Rams put more weapons around Goff in the draft by selecting running back Cam Akers and wide receiver Van Jefferson. Los Angeles also re-signed center Austin Blythe and veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth.

It is debatable whether another disappointing year would affect Goff’s status as the starting quarterback. The Rams do not have anything even resembling an out until 2022, when they would still have to eat over $30million in dead money for cutting him, according to Spotrac.

But if underperforms again, it will only strengthen a widely held belief that his $134m extension was an onerous mistake by the Rams.

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