Loyal fans, and those followers that may stay true to a team for no apparent reason, will often support their quarterback under any circumstances. Painting one’s face blue and cheering shirtless in 20 degree weather is quite a noble act. This, however, does not change a team’s facts and statistics, nor does it define their quarterback. Take the LA Rams, for example. They made it to the playoffs in January 2019 and there are some that would say it was the quarterback, Jared Goff that got them there. When they made it to the Superbowl, this gave those loyal fans even more bragging rights, but it is clear that Jared Goff is the worst NFC quarterback to make it to a Super Bowl.
In Super Bowl 53, the Rams tied up the record for fewest points earned in a Super Bowl (Schlager 2019). They share this title with the Miami Dolphins from Super Bowl 6. It takes a pretty weak quarterback to make that happen. It was Jared Goff’s myriad of mistakes during the Super Bowl that caused such an embarrassing low score. For example, when Cooks was wide open, Goff throws the ball half a second too late and the pass is incomplete (McAtee 2019). Then there was the time he did some sort of head bob that landed him a false start. There were so many mistakes made in that game, that even the biggest and most loyal Rams fan must succumb to the facts and admit that Goff is the worst NFC quarterback to make it to a Super Bowl.
Some loyal fans may use Jared Goff’s young age to defend his underwhelming and embarrassing Super Bowl performance. He is 24 years old, which is a prime age for an athlete. This past Super Bowl was his chance to shine, and he failed miserably. There have been many quarterbacks in their mid twenties to make it to the Super Bowl and complete passes without making crucial mistakes. Take a look at Ben Roethlisberger’s Super Bowl win in 2006. He was only 23 years old when he led to Steelers to a victory against the Seattle Seahawks. Tom Brady was only 24 years old in 2002 when the Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams.
Although his college career was amazing, leading him to become a first round draft pick, this did not carry through to his Super Bowl performance. Ryan Leaf, Vince Young, Matt Leineart, and Johnny Manzel were other great college quarterbacks who failed to transition their talent at the NFL level. (Stine 2012) Goff is still young, and may have a good career ahead of him, but the odds are that he will be less successful than most people believe.
50 Top College Football Quarterbacks Who Didn’t Pan out as Pros Stine, Carl http://Bleacher Report.com
McAtee, Riley February 2019 Jared Goff had the Worse Game of his Life on the Biggest Stagehttps://www.theringer.com/nfl/2019/2/4/18210099/jared-goff-los-angeles-rams-super-bowl-liii
Schlager, Brandon Lowest Scoring Super Bowl
Schlager, Brandon February 4, 2019 http://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/lowest-scoring-super-bowls-list-fewest-points-scored-nfl-history/chs9xd44ctd1vkj3fs2qa7ra