Jared Goff got lit up by Richard Sherman in the fourth quarter trying to score and was promptly put into concussion protocol.
As I tweeted last night: Welcome to the NFL, Jared. Next time, step out of bounds. Or as his teammate Todd Gurley said, “leave the running to me.”
I get that dude was trying to make a play. But he wasn’t going to make that play. Not with Sherman bearing down on him like a heat sinking missile. Also, after taking that shot and one a couple of weeks back in another blowout against the Falcons, he has to know, time and place. That wasn’t exactly John Elway leaving it all out there and getting helicoptered in the Super Bowl. It’s at the end of the game that you had already lost in the first half, at the end of a truly embarrassing season.
After that shot, I’m guessing he knows that. That was the ultimate for who, for what? He had no chance to score in a game that had ended much earlier. Now he’s in concussion protocol; and the last thing this guy can afford now is to miss any time or any reps. He has to know better. And I’m sure he will next time.
His willingness to take that shot speaks to toughness, but not his intelligence. And you really don’t want to take that particular guy on: as Sherman explained it: “he looked like he was setting up to take a dive into the end zone for a touchdown. And we don’t give free meals so he had to feel it.”