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Cal QB Jared Goff – The Man, The Machine
- Updated: April 8, 2016
Jared Goff was a four-star recruit coming out of Marin Catholic in California and was immediately heralded as a star. The moment he stepped onto the Cal-Berkeley campus, he was thrust into the lineup and handed the keys.
Goff put up respectable numbers (3,508 passing yards with 18 touchdowns to 10 interceptions). He completed 60% of his passes that year with an underwhelming supporting cast. They finished the season 1-11 in Coach Sonny Dykes first year with the Golden Bears. Goff set an NCAA record for completions in a season by a Freshmen (330).
Jared would go on to break almost every passing record at Cal in year two and three. He amassed 3,973 yards with 35 touchdowns to 7 interceptions with a 62.1 completion percentage in 2014 and 4,714 yards with 43 touchdowns to 13 interceptions with a 64.5 completion percentage in 2015.
Goff was the facilitator of Coach Sonny Dykes‘ uptempo spread offense, coined the “Bear Raid”. This offense is similar to the one famously ran by Texas Tech University, in which Dykes adopted in his time as Wide Receivers coach under Mike Leach. Sonny really learned and mastered this offense under Hall of Fame coach Hal Mumme during his time at University of Kentucky.
The Golden Bears would finish 5-7 and 7-5 in respective seasons. During his Junior campaign, he set a new Pac-12 single-season record for passing yardage and touchdowns. It was after this effort that he decided to make the jump to the NFL, where he’s projected as the top QB prospect. Many pundits deem him highly efficient and ready to fit into any QB needy team’s offense right away.
Some of his strengths are his impressive accuracy on in-cutting routes in the short, intermediate, and deep varieties. He has the courage to stand in the pocket under duress and has functional mobility to buy himself time to make an educated throw.
He’s almost surgical in picking apart defenses at will. He has a nice touch on deep balls down the sideline and up the middle (post, seam, slant, dig). He really does a decent job of recognizing blitz pickup and manipulating the pocket post-snap, while finding an oped read.
Goff has outstanding footwork, solid lower body mechanics, along with good balance and delivery of throws. His best trait is his awesome anticipation, which is a quality NFL GM’s and coaches covet.
Now, he doesn’t come with without his flaws. He tends to have happy feet at times and he’s not a true scrambling threat. In a few games that I’ve watched of Jared, he throws too often without his feet set, which loses velocity, zip, and accuracy.
The level of optimism surrounding Goff is extremely high, as he is set to improve those deficiencies and become a solid, pro-bowl caliber passer in the league. I compare him to a younger Matt Ryan or Hall of Famer Dan Fouts.