Jared Goff, showered and smiling, slowly bent down and pulled on his left sneaker. He slowly stood back up and gingerly wriggled into his right.
“I feel,” he said, “like a 55-year-old man.”
The Rams quarterback wasn’t creaking around in Sunday’s 35-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, but he was certainly playing beyond his years. He didn’t look like a guy making the 11th start of his NFL career.
The decibel count kept climbing, but Goff’s blood pressure never seemed to. He was unflappable, even when his in-helmet radio went on the fritz in the fourth quarter. For a series, he had to run to the sideline to get the play call, meaning the Rams couldn’t run their no-huddle for a stretch.
“There was no noise in my ear, zero,” he said. “Just for that three-and-out.”
He used a generic helmet on the next series, one without a radio. That gave the equipment crew time to fix the earpiece in his original helmet.
All the while, it was the same sleepy-eyed Goff, relaxed as a Texas twang.
“He was running on and off the field like high school football,” left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “And he just never flinched. That’s a great characteristic of him and who he is as a quarterback. There’s a stubbornness to good quarterbacks, guys who don’t listen
Article source: http://www.latimes.com/sports/nfl/la-sp-rams-cowboys-farmer-20171001-story.html
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