INGLEWOOD, Calif .– Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay made no bones about his words after a 23-20 loss to the injury-injured San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
“Our quarterback needs to take better care of the football,” McVay said after the game.
Jared Goff produced three turnovers against the 49ers in what has become a growing trend for the fifth-year quarterback in the past four games.
“We don’t take enough care of football and that’s something that has to change, otherwise I’m going to keep sitting here and saying this week after week,” McVay said. “It just can’t keep happening. ”
The Rams had a total of four turnovers, including a fumble lost to running back Malcolm Brown in the Rams’ first practice.
“It’s up to us to run and ultimately myself to run and take care of the football and throw it where it needs to be pitched and be smart with it,” said Goff, who has four seasons. remaining on a $ 134 million extension including $ 110 million. guaranteed.
Goff has been in three games with several turnovers since a Week 8 28-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins, when he threw two interceptions and was sacked twice.
This season, Goff threw 10 interceptions and lost four fumbles. His 14 turnovers are second in the NFL, tied with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and behind Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who has 18 turnovers.
“They’re all different,” Goff said of his freebies. “Ultimately, they have to be eliminated. I don’t think there’s a thing to stop, you just need to be a little smarter with the ball and better decision making. ”
McVay was not shy about providing a variety of suggestions for remedying Goff’s ball safety issues.
“It can be keeping both hands on the ball, it might be that if someone is swarming around you you can’t throw it when you can’t see where you are going, being able to trust your guys to go their separate ways McVay said. “But overall, every time you flip him over as many times as we’ve done and he’s done it has to be better.” He can, but we just have to be able to do it. ”
The Rams defense produced three turnovers and a touchdown, but that wasn’t enough to overcome offensive issues as Goff completed 19 of 31 passes for 198 yards, with two interceptions. He had a 52.9 passer rating.
In the first quarter, Goff threw a pass straight to 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who easily managed the interception. Then with less than a minute to go in the half, with the Rams trailing 7-3, Goff scrambled 3 yards before defensive back Jimmie Ward tackled him and knocked the ball out. And Goff didn’t do better after halftime, as rookie defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw intercepted a pass and sent it back 27 yards to give the 49ers a 14-3 lead.
Goff recently had a particularly difficult time handling the pressure, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He’s thrown six interceptions under pressure this season – including Sunday’s third quarter pick, which is tied with Wentz for most in the NFL.
The loss drops the Rams to 7-4 and is their fourth straight loss to Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers, who improved to 5-6.
“We’re not going to win a lot of games when we deal with football like this, so give them credit,” McVay said. “But in a lot of cases we didn’t do enough to win the football game, I don’t care who you play. ”