Sean McVay was asked a simple question regarding Jared Goff on Saturday following the Los Angeles Rams' playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.
"Is he your quarterback?"
“Yeah, he’s the quarterback right now," McVay said.
Those last two words could be quite telling. Goff completed 21 of 27 pass attempts for 174 yards and one touchdown in the loss as he continues to deal with lingering issues from a broken thumb. But his coach didn't exactly give him the stamp of approval after the loss.
Goff, a Novato native and Cal alum, continues to look like a product of an offense as opposed to an elite talent. He completed a career-high 67 percent of his passes this season, but his 3,952 were the second-lowest of his career since becoming a full-time starter and his 20 passing touchdowns were a career-low.
The simple fact is, McVay and the Rams likely are stuck with Goff on the roster.
Goff's 2021 base salary of $25.325 million already is fully guaranteed. The same goes with his 2021 roster bonus of $2.5 million and 2022 roster bonus of $15.5 million. Having $43.325 million in guarantees, with no offsets, makes it nearly impossible to move on from Goff.
The Rams seem stuck with Goff through at least 2022, and that could be a good thing for the 49ers. Goff and the Rams lost both their games against the 49ers this season. In those two games, Goff completed only 55 percent of his passes, threw two TDs and was intercepted three times.
Over his five-year career, the former No. 1 overall draft pick is just 3-5 against the team he grew up rooting for. In those eight games, Goff has 14 TDs and eight interceptions while completing 59.7 percent of his passes.
Perhaps McVay and the Rams will bring in competition for Goff through free agency or the NFL draft, but it sure won't be easy to move on from Goff in the near future.