Goff and Wentz: Joined at the hype

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

The Rams and Eagles are tied for the league lead in scoring, averaging 30.1 points a game. A major reason is quarterback play.

Second-year Eagles coach Doug Pederson has been impressed with Goff's development.

"It's fun to watch, quite honestly," Pederson said. "Just to see the growth in his play and all the things that we saw in him when we were scouting and working him out and evaluating all these quarterbacks a year ago, this is exactly what we saw."

As the Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator in 2016, Sean McVay saw Wentz play as a rookie. Now, as the Rams' coach, he and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips are game-planning against him.

"The growth has been extremely impressive to watch," McVay said of Wentz. "It's why he's in consideration -- he's talked about as one of the best in the league.

"He's getting a variety of playmakers involved. Then, he can create on-schedule or off-schedule and when things happen and break down ... it's a scary thing for most defenses and he's made a lot of big plays doing it that way."


Goff, 23, and Wentz, 24, became entwined during the run-up to the draft. They worked out together at times in Orange County, and became the focus of a media crush when the Rams traded to the top of the draft so they could select a quarterback.

The following week, the Eagles traded into the No. 2 spot.

Speculation mounted over whether the Rams would select Goff, who had played three seasons at California, or Wentz, who had completed his fifth season at North Dakota State.

The Rams worked out and interviewed both, ultimately choosing Goff on draft night in Chicago.


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