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Despite the Air Raid approach used by Cal, Jared Goff was responsible for checking off at the line, changing protections and using his judgment in other ways some quarterbacks in similar systems don In his three seasons at Cal, Jared Goff worked exclusively out of the shotgun. Well, he took one snap under center, but that how he trained in preparation for the draft. Show CaptionOver the course of a three year career at Cal, in which he shattered school records with video game stats, carried an offense otherwise devoid of talent through a football renaissance, and rocketed to the top of the NFL draft, Jared Goff took exactly one snap under center. It was a third down pass, last season against Washington. It fell incomplete. Perhaps, in the grand scheme of what made Goff worthy of the draft No. 1 pick, this seems like an extraordinarily minor detail. Coaches rave about how he all the boxes, and in terms of natural tools, it hard to dispute their claims. His accuracy, especially on throws outside the hashmarks, looks effortless. With preternatural instincts, his calm navigation of the pocket is otherwise unheard of from prospects his wholesale cheap jerseys age. His poise and intangibles, forged through two difficult losing seasons in Berkeley, seem to foreshadow a franchise quarterback in the making. has a skill set that is special, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. sees things, has a quick release, understands the QB position and he gets rid of the football. When you look at his body at work, it impressive. about that one snap concepts, such as those in Goff collegiate offense, are hardly a new trend in college football. Over the past five years, the number of snaps collegiate quarterbacks have taken under center has plummeted by more than 40 percent. And at Cal, where Coach Sonny Dykes has NFL Store - Cheap Offers on Jerseys,Wholesale in USA installed his version of the Raid offense, quarterbacks operate pretty much exclusively out of a no huddle, up tempo, four wideout, shotgun look that relies heavily on the pass to spread out defenses. Pioneered by longtime Kentucky coach Hal Mumme and current Washington State coach Mike Leach, the Air Raid is known to produce high scoring games and head turning stats in order to disguise other inefficiencies, and that was certainly true at Cal during Goff tenure. Last season, Goff threw for 300 plus yards in 10 of Cal 13 games and three or more touchdowns in eight, in spite of a patchwork offensive line and serious lack of weapons. What the Air Raid isn known for is producing viable NFL quarterbacks. Among the reasons to question the Rams move to wager the future on Goff, this is perhaps the most alarming. Since 1999, when another Air Raid Cheap World Cup Jerseys | Wholesale Jerseys Store product, Kentucky Tim Couch, went No. 1 overall to the Browns, only two true Air Raid quarterbacks were selected in the first round, before this draft. Both Johnny Manziel and Brandon Weeden are now considered colossal busts. The rest of the Air Raid recent history in the NFL is, more or less, a graveyard of failed quarterbacks. Only Rams quarterback Nick Foles, who ran an Air Raid offense at Arizona, owns a career QB rating of better than 80. But when asked to play under center in St. Louis last season, even he devolved into arguably the NFL worst starting signal caller. The most encouraging recent example of an Air Raid transition to the NFL might actually be the guy who took Foles place, Case Keenum. But the reality with Air Raid quarterbacks has been bleak: None has lasted more than seven seasons in the NFL. Why this is the case is far less clear. Some argue that the progression based system on which the Air Raid is predicated makes the quarterback job easier than usual in college, setting them up for a rude awakening in the NFL. Others suggest navigating the adjustments that come from snapping under center with footwork, pre snap reads, and the like are drastic, sometimes insurmountable changes. Leach, however, rejects these premises. As one of the godfathers of the system, he takes issue with the NFL bemoaning of spread quarterbacks. entire idea is ridiculous and absurd, Leach said. best opportunity to succeed, I think, No. 1, is to throw as many balls as possible and read as many defenses as possible. on the other hand, understands the concern from an NFL standpoint. But while other quarterbacks put up eye popping stats because of the system, Dykes is certain that Goff skill set and measurables like Couch far surpass that of the usual Air Raid signal caller. Of the recent quarterbacks who went on to succeed in the Air Raid, only Couch, former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, and Jets quarterback Geno Smith were more touted as high school recruits. Rivals slotted Goff eighth among pro style quarterbacks in 2013, in spite of his then sinewy, 178 pound frame. The measurables, even then, were apparent. don know that many Air Raid guys in the past have fit that (NFL) mold as well as him, Dykes said. More than typical Air Raid quarterbacks, Goff was trusted with making pre snap reads, which, to Leach point, should prove valuable for his transition to the NFL. Depending on the defense alignment, Goff said he was firmly control, with the responsibility to shift protections, audible to a run or alternate pass play and call individual hot routes for his receivers. It what happens after the snap, though, that has the Rams brass convinced Goff can successfully transition to a pro style offense. Few were as poised in the face of a near constant rush as Goff, who was under pressure on 124 dropbacks last season. On those snaps, he was sacked 27 times and was intercepted three times, while completing an impressive 46 percent of his passes. Meanwhile, the other quarterback selected atop the draft, Carson Wentz, completed only 28 percent of his passes under pressure. In the red zone, Goff might actually be the most successful quarterback the Air Raid has seen. Last season, he threw 28 touchdowns with zero interceptions and completed nearly 60 percent of his attempts inside the 20 yard line. Of NFL quarterbacks who threw at least 70 passes inside the red zone in 2015, only Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins and Philip Rivers proved that accurate. On a third down play against Texas last September, both of these principles were put to the test. As soon as the ball was snapped from the Texas 7, the pocket collapsed and defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway nearly wrapped up Goff. But he evaded the tackle, rolled out to his left his weak side and delivered a laser past a defender and safely to his wideout at the edge of the end zone. It a scenario that played out again and again over Goff final season, often with the same jaw dropping result. a natural instinct to anticipate, to get the ball out quickly, read coverages quickly, get to the second and third reads quickly, Rams general manager Les Snead said. some DNA that just comes naturally. Whether you in an Air Raid offense or not, you notice that special quality in players. with that unique ability, the questions about Goff adjustment to a pro style offense, in light of recent history, are certainly founded. The Rams ran more plays under center than any team in the NFL last season, and there no indication they plan to change that. In 2013 and 2014, the Rams had the second fewest combined dropbacks in the league. Goff is well aware of this unseemly history and the fate that awaits him in Los Angeles. Since declaring for the draft, he has Cheap Probowl Jerseys practiced exclusively under center. He estimates it took him just few days to get used to it. just muscle memory, Goff said confidently.

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