For the past four seasons and counting, L.A. Rams quarterback, Jared Goff, has been touted as the man who will lead the franchise to their first title in nearly two decades and this assertion is with good reason. After overcoming a horrendous 2016 rookie season, the player has shown remarkable improvement and has received several honors.
In week 4 of the 2018 NFL season, he earned a perfect QB rating of 158.3, completing 26 of 33 passes for 465 yards five touchdowns and no interception, in a 38-31 win over the Minnesota Vikings. This was the 49th time such had been achieved in NFL history and it has rekindled the hopes of fans of the franchise. Many experienced analysts, however, remain cautiously optimistic.
A Look At His Championship Winning Days at Marin Catholic High School
Jared Thomas Goff was born on the 10th of October 1994 in San Rafael, Marin County, California. He had his high school education at Marin Catholic High School Kentfield where he played football for three years from 2010 to 2012. In three seasons, he completed 477 of 762 passes for a combined 7687 yards, 93 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions.
In doing this, Goff led his school to one North Coast Section crown, three North Coast Section playoff appearances, and three Marin County championships. He thus finished his high school career on an impressive note and was a highly-prized prized recruit going into college football.
He Set Numerous Records in the Pac-12 Conference
Jared Goff fended off advances from several colleges who were interested in him and chose the University of California, Berkeley. He spent three seasons at Cal; starting all 37 games possible and shattering several school records in the process. In his rookie season, he was named the starter for the season opener becoming the only true freshman quarterback in the school history to achieve such a feat.
As a junior in 2015, he led his school to victory in the armed forces bowl. Overall, in 37 games for the Golden Bears, Goff completed 977 of 1569 passing attempts for 12,220 yards and 96 touchdown passes. His passing yards, passing touchdowns, passing attempts, and completions are all school records. He also set several records in the Pac-12 conference. His 4719 yards and 44 touchdowns in his senior season are both single-season Pac-12 records and he was named a first-team All-Pac-12 that season.
Overcoming his Dismal Rookie Season in the NFL
Jared Goff forwent his final year of college football in favor of the 2016 NFL draft. He was selected by the Los Angeles Rams who signed him to a handsome (by rookie standards) four-year deal worth a fully guaranteed sum of $27.9 million. Goff’s first season with the Rams was mostly average, completing 112 of 205 passes for 1089 yards and six touchdowns. His team lost all the 7 games that he started and many declared him a fluke. The QB, however, shut his critics up with a stellar second season.
He started all 15 games; completing 296 of 477 pass attempts for 3804 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. The Rams won 11 of 16 matches on their way to clinching the NFC West divisional title and making it to the playoffs. Such impressive feat fetched the player several accolades including the award for the PFWA’s most improved player of the year as well as prestigious selection to the Pro Bowl.
Since that breakout year, Jared Goff has continued to consolidate on his performance and this has seen him take his team to their first Super Bowl berth since 2001. This was Super Bowl LIII where they took on the New England Patriots. They, however, lost as their offense was stifled by the defensively disciplined and more experienced Patriots.
Unraveling The Close Bond He Shares with his Family
Jared Goff comes from a tight-knit family of four which includes his dad, Jerry Goff, and mom, Nancy. His parents are both alumni of the University of California Berkeley. Goff’s dad is a former professional baseball player. He played college baseball at Berkeley where his 29 home-runs is the 9th highest in the school’s history. He was drafted into the MLB in 1986 and played for teams such as the Seattle Mariners, Montreal Expos, Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros. Jerry retired in 2000 and now works as a firefighter in his native California.
Nancy, on the other hand, works in the mortgage banking sector. She is quite proud of her son and is also close to him. She even served as his date to the NFL draft where he was picked seventh overall. Finally, Goff has a beloved elder sister named Lauren. She attended UCLA and holds a degree in International Development. She also has a master’s in Social Welfare from the same institution. Goff is quite close to everyone in his family and often celebrates them on Instagram. For instance, the star quarterback took to his Instagram page in 2017 to congratulate his sister on her nuptials. The UCLA alum tied the knot with her boyfriend, a high school teacher named Mason Butts.
A Breakdown of the Quarterback’s Playing Technique
Jared Goff is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 222lbs or 100kg. Additionally, he has an arm length of 32 inches and a hand size of 9 inches. Both measurements constitute ideal sizes for an NFL quarterback but Goff still experienced some hiccups before his draft as some argued that his hands were too small for the NFL.
The player, therefore, knew that he had to work extra hard on his playing technique and he focused on improving his throwing. He is now one of the best throwers in the NFL and isn’t afraid to take advantage of the easy opportunities that come his way in that regard.
Goff has also been described as a system quarterback and the reason is not farfetched. The player has greatly fed off the brilliant system put in place by his dynamic coach, Sean McVay. McVay radically transformed the Rams’ offensive and defensive line upon his arrival in 2017 and one of the biggest beneficiaries was none other than Goff. It helped him achieve his phenomenal comeback in his sophomore season.