In the fourth quarter, with the Rams facing a 3rd-and-10 near midfield, the pocket collapsed and Goff was forced to flee, dodging Miami defenders in the backfield before taking off for the sideline.
It’s a miserable first season in Los Angeles for the Rams, as the team’s losing record disappoints fans and a star cornerback’s DUI arrest disappoints the coach.
Suddenly, the Dolphins found life. “We get a stop or intercept a pass, one of the two or three we had our hands on, to win the game, and we’re talking about Jared right now and nothing else”.
However, the Los Angeles Rams’ rookie was grateful to get his feet wet despite a 14-10 loss on Sunday to the Miami Dolphins at the Memorial Coliseum.
Goff needed to complete a five-yard pass to Lance Kendricks on a fourth- and-three to keep the drive alive, but with five seconds left, there was only time left for one play. And this was by design: the Rams kept things extremely simple for Goff on a rainy Los Angeles day against a stingy Miami defense, meaning he mostly handed the ball off and threw short passes.
Goff went 17 of 31 for 134 yards in a quiet debut by the NFL’s No. 1 pick in the Rams’ 10th game of the season.
“We’re so far away still”, he said. “That’s been a common theme here, and we need to get better at that”. “We need to stay out of our own way”. After all, Kroenke never seemed to be all that concerned with the Rams’ record, and now that the team’s valuation jumped $2 billion just by relocating, who needs winning!
DeVante Parker caught a 9-yard touchdown pass with 36 seconds to play as Miami rallied for two late scores. But their offense was mostly bad until Tannehill got it moving in the final minutes with big plays from Parker, who had eight catches for 79 yards, and Jay Ajayi, who rushed for 77 yards.
Fisher might change his starters, but he said he won’t change his coaching staff this season.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill got his chance Sunday to match what the special teams and defence had done in a game where they were the only reason the Dolphins even had a chance to conjure more late-game magic.
Earlier this month, when the Rams had only lost four in a row, Fisher was asked about his status and said that he was “not uncomfortable” and not looking over his shoulder.
“I think we lost the momentum”, added Goff. “He made some plays”. All we had to do was shut them out and we win the game. On the next play, Rams running back Todd Gurley burst through right guard for the score. And his best throw came on the next play with a quick release to Kenny Britt for a 19-yard gain to the Dolphins’ 24-yard line.
In the game’s final minutes, the Rams could not make the big plays. “It was very impressive to watch those guys”. Defensively, they’ve given us some points and they’ve suffered through some injuries.
The first takeaways from Goff’s performance are the zero touchdowns and zero interceptions that he threw.
The Rams led 10-0 with 6:40 left in the game when the Dolphins took possession. Zuerlein missed a 48-yard attempt with less than seven minutes remaining in the contest. The Rams’ fast, aggressive defensive front made Tannehill look miserable and contained running back Jay Ajayi, who finished with 77 yards.
“I’m disappointed with penalties”, said Fisher, whose team was penalized eight times for 70 yards. “We have to be mentally strong in crunch time”.
Even within a conservative scheme, you’ve got to take a chance every now and then to win in the NFL. Other than the Dallas Cowboys on one extreme, and the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars on the other polarity, no one in the league is really THAT elite or poor. The Chargers, who must decide by January 15, are weighing their options after voters in San Diego rejected a stadium ballot measure earlier this month.
Gase had no updates on injured offensive linemen Mike Pouncey, Branden Albert and Laremy Tunsil. Both clubs resume play next Sunday.