Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead on Tuesday sidestepped questions about the future of quarterback Jared Goff with the team.
“Jared Goff is a Ram at this moment,” Snead told reporters during the team’s season-ending press conference, adding that it’s too early to disclose the ways in which the team intends to “tweak their model.”
When asked a second time if Goff will remain the quarterback of the Rams, Snead again was noncommittal.
“He’s a Ram right now, what’s today? Jan. 26,” Snead said, calling the future “a beautiful mystery,” a phrase used by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers last week while discussing his own future.
“He’s No. 2 in wins since he and Sean (McVay) have partnered together,” Snead went on. “That’s been a heckuva partnership. What I do think is the real thing that should come out of this is, hey, we want to be a better offense. And that includes Jared.”
Goff completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,952 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while also losing four fumbles. Goff’s yards and touchdowns were his fewest under the leadership of McVay, whose first year was 2017.
The Rams gave Goff a four-year, $134 million extension less than two years ago, including $110 million in total guaranteed money. The first year of that extension takes effect in 2021 with Goff set to make a base salary of $25.3 million.
The Rams went 10-6 and finished second in the NFC West behind the Seattle Seahawks, whom the Rams defeated in the wild-card game. The Rams then lost to the Packers in the divisional round, 32-18.
Goff required surgery on a thumb injury in late December, giving undrafted rookie John Wolford the start for the Rams in Week 17 and against Seattle in the wild-card round. However, Wolford left that game with a neck injury, paving the way for Goff’s return.
–Field Level Media