Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay ruled out John Wolford for the divisional round and announced that will Jared Goff will start against the Green Bay Packers. Wolford, who started in Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals after Goff underwent a thumb surgery earlier in the week, led the Rams to a key win over the Cardinals and a playoff spot.
As Goff wasn't fully recovered from his thumb surgery, Wolford started last week's wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks. In the first quarter, Wolford suffered a neck injury and he exited the game as he was taken to a nearby hospital.
Goff took over and led the Rams to a 30-20 win over the Seahawks. "When you watch him throw last week to this week, it is definitely trending in the right direction," McVay said of Goff. "It looks like the Jared that we're accustomed to who has always been a natural thrower of the football."
Goff continues to get better
"It continues to get better. I think it feels good. I'm in a good place with it. Over time, just over and over hitting it, there is a slight soreness, but nothing that's hindering me in any way.
I think overall it's progressing in the right way," Goff said. Goff wore gloves in practices this week. "We'll see when I get there on game day and just wanted to get some reps with it," Goff said. "At times, it can help with grip.
Just grip on the ball if it's cold or windy or something." Meanwhile, Packers head coach Matt LeFleur said that Goff being named the starter doesn't change much for his gameplan. "I think there may be a few things," said LaFleur, who was Goff's offensive coordinator in L.A.
in 2017. ".. I think we were pretty much preparing for Jared all week, so it doesn't change too much." Goff admitted it wasn't easy when he was told that Wolford would start against the Seahawks. "As a competitor, of course I wanted to be out there and I wanted to play and felt like I could make a difference," Goff said.
"He's the coach. He had to make a decision that he needed to make early in the week to get out in front of some stuff. I get it. But as a competitor, of course I wanted to play and I was ready to play."