Rams’ Sean McVay, Jared Goff putting trust in variety of pass-game targets
By Rich Hammond
THOUSAND OAKS — Sharing isn’t just polite; it’s effective. That’s a lesson from the Rams this season.
The Rams have the NFL’s highest-scoring offense, and its fifth-most prolific, because new coach Sean McVay’s pass attack has been unpredictable. The Rams are spreading the ball around and utilizing non-receivers at a higher rate, and quarterback Jared Goff has been making smart decisions.
It adds up to 35.5 points and 383.3 yards per game and a surprising 3-1 record going into Sunday’s game against Seattle, and it seems to be a product of a locker room that doesn’t care who receives the glory.
“The first four weeks of the season represent the confidence we have in a variety of skill players, to be able to distribute the ball and get a lot of people involved,” McVay said after Wednesday’s practice at Cal Lutheran.
Four weeks into this season, Goff has completed passes to 11 teammates, and five players have been targeted on at least 13 pass plays. The most-utilized Ram is not a receiver or tight end but running back Todd Gurley, who has been the target of 25 of Goff’s 118 passes.
Already this season, four Rams have caught touchdown passes, compared to five, total, last season. The Rams have managed to consistently move the ball while using a different set of targets in each game.
Two weeks ago against San Francisco, the Rams’ receivers dominated. Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Pharoh Cooper combined for 15 catches, 235 yards and two touchdowns.
Last Sunday at Dallas, the receivers combined for just nine catches and 92 yards. Meanwhile, the Rams’ running backs and tight ends combined for 12 catches and 163 yards.
Through four games this season, the Rams have targeted non-receivers on 43.2 percent of pass attempts, compared to 36.9 percent last season.
“When you do have the […]