Goff on difference at this year’s camp: ‘Night and day’

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Last season as a rookie, Jared Goff didn’t have the ideal coaching staff to help his transition into the league.

His head coach, Jeff Fisher, was known for his defensive background. Offensive coordinator Rob Boras was a former tight ends/offensive line coach. Quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke was making his debut on the sidelines.

The Rams completely revamped their staff this offseason, and have new coaches in place at the three aforementioned positions. The triumvirate of Sean McVay, Matt LaFleur and Greg Olson is now tasked with turning Goff into the franchise quarterback Los Angeles dreamt of when the team took him No. 1 overall in last year’s draft.

So far, Goff has been a big believer in the early returns with his new coaching staff at the helm.

“Night and day,” Goff told reporters Saturday regarding the difference from last year’s camp. “I feel good. Feel comfortable.”

The quarterback added: “Anyone going from Year 1 to Year 2 has that natural jump. But I think [McVay has] done a great job so far of implementing the offense with myself and the rest of the team.”

In 2016, Goff looked uncomfortable under center to say the least. He averaged a mere 5.3 yards per throw, and sported a 5:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Heading into his sophomore campaign, however, Goff appears to be in good hands.

At previous stops, McVay, LaFleur and Olson have worked their magic to transform signal-callers such as Kirk Cousins, Derek Carr and Drew Brees.

Besides working on his craft on the field, Goff is also embracing his new role within the locker room. A two-time captain at Cal, the 22-year-old gunslinger is taking on a different challenge at the next level: Leading some teammates who are several years older than him.

“That’s a big deal,” Goff said. “Just knowing I’m the guy that they’re going to look to. It is my team to lead and my team to direct and control and command.

“I don’t take that lightly.”

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