The noise blasting from the vast, dark reaches of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome didn’t rattle
"It was loud," Goff said Sunday, but he managed to block out the tumult and keep himself and his teammates focused.
“I think we were good with the noise,” tight end
If any sound they heard continues to ring in the Rams’ ears for the next few days, it will be the jaunty notes of “When the
Talk of Goff and his undeniable progress and increasing poise couldn't and shouldn't outweigh all that the Rams did wrong in their 49-21 loss, their sixth defeat in their last seven games and a surprisingly weak defensive performance by a team whose defense had been its great strength.
Goff, seemingly restricted last week against the Miami Dolphins in his regular-season
Goff recorded a number of firsts on Sunday in his second regular-season NFL game and start. He threw his first touchdown, a 24-yard pass to
"He came out spitting it that first half," running back Todd Gurley said. "But as far as running backs, line, everybody, we didn't do our part to make him have a successful second half. We have to look back at this game and make sure that we correct what we need to correct to give him an opportunity to do what he did in the first half."
Goff recorded a few other firsts that were less pleasant. There was his first fumble, which resulted when he was sacked by Sheldon Rankins at the Rams’ 17-yard line and put the Saints in position for a short touchdown drive that ended with a one-yard leap by
He’s still looking for another first — his first win — but did win praise from teammates who saw him growing more assured and commanding as a starter. Given his current rate of progress, imagine how much further along Goff might have been if the Rams had made him the starter sooner, for instance after their loss to the
"He doesn't seem like a rookie," said Andrew Donnal, who entered the game as a substitute left tackle late in the first half. "He's confident, he demands everyone's attention, and everyone respects him, so he's doing a great job. He's really leading the offense."
Kendricks saw the same leadership potential in Goff.
"I thought he did good managing the offense. I think he's improving," Kendricks said. "I think he did really good, especially in the first half. We were able to put up three touchdown passes so I think he's getting better. That's all you can ask from a young quarterback."
Goff, though, is asking more of himself.
"I don't think there are any moral victories," he said. "For me, I felt a lot more comfortable in my second game. From my experience, I just felt better out there and was able to see it a lot better. The game slowed down for me a lot more today.
"But at the same time, I want to win. I don't want to be out here saying I'm happy with what we did, or what I did, or anything in between, because I'm really not if we don't win. And that's the bottom line."
The real bottom line was that the Saints marched in and all over the Rams on Sunday, pushing them closer to another lost season.