Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay was straight honest after a Week 12 loss to the injury-plagued San Francisco 49ers as the Rams coach underlined that his quarterback Jared Goff has got to take a better care of the football.
Goff, who has four seasons remaining on his current $134 million deal, went 19-of-31 for 198 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions as the 49ers stunned the Rams 23-20. "Our quarterback has got to take better care of the football," McVay said tersely after the game, as quoted on ESPN.
On the season, 2016 No. 1 overall pick Goff has thrown 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The Rams, who put up a great performance to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Monday Night Football, failed to build on their big win over the Buccaneers.
The Rams now own a 7-4 record this season. "We're not taking good enough care of the football and that's something that's got to change, otherwise I'm going to continue to sit up here and say this week in and week out," McVay said.
"It just can't continue to happen."
Goff knows he has got to make smarter decisions
"It comes down to us executing and ultimately myself executing and taking care of the football and throwing it where it needs to be thrown and being smart with it," Goff noted.
Goff has had lots of issues with turnovers this season but McVay is hoping that his quarterback can turn it around and he has also offered some advice on what could be done in order to help the former No. 1 pick. "It might be keeping two hands on the ball, it might be that if somebody is swarming around you that you can't just throw it away when you don't see where you're going, being able to trust your guys to separate," McVay said.
"But overall, any time that you turn it over as many times as we did and he did, it's just got to be better. He's capable of it, but we just got to be able to get it done." The Rams will be hoping to bounce back in Week 13 when they meet the Arizona Cardinals on the road.
"We're not going to win many games when we take care of the football like that, so give them credit," McVay said. "But in a lot of instances we didn't do enough to win the football game, I don't care who you're playing."