If Rams rookie quarterback Jared Goff learned anything from Thursday night’s 24-3 loss to the Seahawks, it is this: If Richard Sherman is bearing down on you, for the love of all that is holy, get out of bounds.
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The hit ended Goff’s night midway through the fourth quarter, and he’s now in the concussion protocol, a fact that didn’t seem to bother Sherman. He told the NFL Network crew after the game that “there was a little disrespect in [Goff’s] running style. He was acting like he was getting a freebie to the end zone.”
Rams interim coach John Fassel said Goff would be fine and has learned a valuable lesson.
“I admire his courage, but he’s got to get out of bounds,” Fassel said.
The play pretty much typified the night for the Rams in their first game without Jeff Fisher at the helm since Week 17 of the 2011 season. Not only did Goff get knocked out of the game, but his scramble to the Seahawks’ 2 was negated by a holding call on tackle Andrew Donnal. A couple of Case Keenum incompletions later, the drive ended without any points.
On the Rams’ second drive of the game, Goff found wideout Michael Thomas with acres of space around him in the end zone, but what should have been a 59-yard touchdown pass was instead dropped. Los Angeles kept moving the ball, however — at least until Goff completely missed a similarly wide-open Brian Quick in the end zone. The drive then came to a halt when Todd Gurley’s apparent conversion on fourth and one was overturned via a Pete Carroll challenge.