Jared Goff's Play Has Declined Significantly Since Midway Through Last Season

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 03:  Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams watches from the bench during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 32-16.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jared Goff has had one of the strangest career arcs in recent memory. After being drafted No. 1 overall in 2016, he looked like an absolute bust as a rookie, playing in seven games and turning the ball over 12 times while throwing just five TDs.

Enter Sean McVay.

Once he took over, Goff looked like a different player in 2017, passing for 28 TDs to just seven INTs. That improvement seemed to hold true last season as well, with Goff passing for 4,688 yards and 32 TDs to 12 INTs.

However, Goff did most of his damage in the first half of the 2018 season, and his recent play has shown some worrying regression.

Over his last 11 games (including the postseason), Goff has thrown for just 2,591 yards with 11 TDs and 11 INTs.Those per game averages (235.5 passing yards, 1.0 TDs, 1.0 INTs) are much more in line with what he did as a rookie (155.6 yards, 0.7 TDs and 1.0 INTs) than they are with what he did at his best.

Of course, Goff has shown enough at the NFL level to earn a four-year, $134 million contract, so Los Angeles is stuck with him. Also, 11 games isn't exactly a small sample size and his performance in the Super Bowl was particularly concerning. The Patriots mixed up defensive looks at him and he didn't make on-the-fly adjustments. It appears, he didn't make many adjustments since then either, which could be why teams have had success defending him this year.

He's only played three games this season, so he has plenty of time to turn it around, but if this poor performance continues, it's certainly fair to wonder if Goff was worth the massive contract extension he signed.

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