This isn’t Jared Goff’s first rodeo.
The Rams’ starting quarterback checked into training camp at UC Irvine for the third time on Monday, comfortable with his surroundings and looking forward to the upcoming year.
“I’m very excited to get down here,” Goff said on Monday. "I love it down here in Irvine. I think all the guys are very excited to get going again.”
There’s certainly a difference with Goff entering 2018 than in years past. He’s no longer a rookie, or a young quarterback with a new coach and a new system. Instead, he’s a leader for a team that has high aspirations and expectations.
But that doesn’t mean he’s all of a sudden going to change his daily approach.
“I think you see every year there are teams that get that type of label and often fall short, and you wonder why. I think that’s something we can’t really focus on,” Goff said, adding L.A. must “[t]ake every day like we have the past year and build off of what we did in the spring.”
“We've got all the pieces we need, we just need to put it together and continue to work hard every day and put all the pieces together,” Goff added. “Like I said, every year there’s teams with talent, we have talent, but what are we going to do to separate ourselves from the other teams? Continue to prepare and be the best we can be throughout this training camp and this season.”
Similarly, he expects to see an unchanged Sean McVay in his second season as head coach.
“I think he’s going to continue to grow as a coach and as a play-caller and as a leader of our team,” Goff said. “But I think he’s going to be the same guy that he’s been.”
The 23-year-old quarterback described a fairly low-key summer break, spending a week at home in the Bay Area and a little time in Lake Tahoe. But he was around L.A. last week when the club signed wide receiver Brandin Cooks to a five-year contract extension, as Goff made his way to the organization’s business headquarters for the occasion.
“Excited for Brandin, excited for our team, and he deserves it,” Goff said. “He’s put a few 1,000-yard years together, and I know we’re excited about what he did in the spring for us. His addition with Robert [Woods] and Cooper [Kupp] — I feel good about where we’re at with the receiver position.”
While Cooks was slated to be the only new starter on Los Angeles’ offense, right guard Jamon Brown’s suspension means the club will have at least two new faces when Goff lines up behind center for Week 1. Goff addressed the news about Brown, saying it’s something the club has been preparing for.
“Not concerned. I think Jamon — that was a mistake he made years ago. Obviously, he publicly feels bad about it, but he’ll be OK,” Goff said. “He’s a big piece of our offense, a big piece for our success. And we’ll miss him for those first two games, but someone will step up and step in there just fine.”
As for Goff personally, the signal-caller mentioned getting the ball out quicker and taking fewer sacks as a pair of his objectives for training camp.
“Just to continue to grow, continue to get better,” Goff said. “Continue to get the ball in the playmakers' hands and let them run with it, distribute.”
And being more of a veteran means he does have a better idea of how to best use his time during camp.
“You can kind of figure that stuff out throughout the schedule,” Goff said. “Just time management. When it’s time for a nap and 30 minutes of film or something like that. You just figure out little pockets of time that you can use to your advantage.”
Goff and the rest of the Rams will take the field for the first time in camp on Thursday at 3 p.m.