Rams' Jared Goff: I'm big boy, I can handle coach's criticism

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Rams' Jared Goff: I'm big boy, I can handle coach's criticism

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff insists he is absolutely OK with the criticism he received from Sean McVay after a Week 12 loss as the former No. 1 overall pick said his coach was on point with his commenrs. This past Sunday, the Rams suffered a surprise loss as the injury-plagued San Francisco 49ers claimed a 23-20 win to hand the Rams their first loss on the newly-built SoFi Stadium.

Goff went 19-of-31 for 198 yards, zero touchdowns, two interceptions and also had one fumble against the 49ers. "If he was lying I'd feel differently about it -- he's absolutely right," Goff said, per ESPN.

"I'm a big boy, I can handle it." Goff, who was selected at No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, is now in his fourth season with coach McVay. "We have a great relationship and I'm accountable for myself," Goff claimed.

Six days before the 49ers loss, the Rams put up one of their best performances of the season to stun the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road. The Rams were hoping to claim another win on Sunday but Goff had a disappointing performance and he now has 16 touchdowns against 10 interceptions on the season.

"Our quarterback has got to take better care of the football," McVay said tersely after the game. "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.

It just can't continue to happen."

Goff admits he has got to be better

"I need to be better than that, I need to take care of the football, and he's absolutely right, and I will," Goff acknowledged.

"I have done that for the majority of my football career and will continue to take care of the football better." Goff admitted that he wasn't in a food place 24 hours after the 49ers game. "For the 24 hours after it, I was not in a happy place, for sure, really was disappointed in myself," Goff said.

"But you move on." This Sunday, the Rams will take on the Arizona Cardinals on the road and Goff is hoping to have a good bounce back performance. "I've always been confident, been able to overcome mistakes, but at the same time, I don't want to keep sitting here and saying that I need to take care of the ball better," Goff said. "I'll just be smarter with it, make better decisions."