Jared Goff: Rams ‘a lot closer than people may think’

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The Los Angeles Rams are a work in progress, to say the least, after finishing 2016 with a dismal 4-12 record. Taking the glass half-full approach is second-year quarterback Jared Goff, who shared his opinion of the team looking ahead.

This is a fabulous approach to have starting out fresh in 2017. Although, expectations must be tempered considering the Rams haven’t participated in a postseason since 2004. That was six head coaches and six starting quarterbacks ago, unfortunately.

But under new leadership in head coach Sean McVay, the team will hopefully experience some positive change.

As for Goff, he is still facing quite the steep learning curve after sitting half of his rookie season on the bench. He finished 2016 with a 0-7 record, completing just 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,089 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. That puts the ceiling for growth very high, at least.

But in order for Goff’s Rams to have a shot at being a contender in 2017, they are going to have to keep competitive with against the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals dominating the NFC West. The San Francisco 49ers should not be counted out, either.