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Rams QB coach: Jared Goff has 'really high' ceiling

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Jared Goff's puzzling rookie season doesn't concern his new quarterback coach.

Greg Olson spent plenty of time watching Goff play at Cal and still sees a "really high" ceiling for the second-year pro.

"Nothing that I've watched so far has deterred me from that same evaluation," Olson said, per ESPN's Alden Gonzalez. "I'm just real excited to get a chance to get with him and have a chance to work with him."

Olson cited Goff's "tremendous arm talent" as a departure point for guiding last year's first-overall pick back into the light after a troubling rookie campaign that saw Goff compile an 0-7 record while completing just 54.6 percent of his throws.

"That's the start, in my opinion," Olson said Friday. "When you look at evaluating the position, it's, 'What kind of arm talent does that player have?' Certainly a very intelligent player when you look at his test scores and what he was able to do as a student. I just think there's a lot of intangibles that we've all heard about him growing up, from high school through college and the NFL. Tremendous work ethic. So, there's a lot of things there."

The hope is that this new Rams coaching staff can do what Jeff Fisher's underwhelming crew could not: develop talent on offense. Coordinator Matt LaFleur and 31-year-old head coach Sean McVay certainly accomplished that last season with Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins, respectively.

The first order of business is finding a collection of weapons for Goff to grow with. The Rams -- for years -- have done very little in terms of finding game-changing pass-catchers, something that better change in a hurry.

"With these young players," Olson said, "the quicker they get in and get assimilated to an offensive scheme, and have a chance to get with their coordinator and get with their head coach, and really learn the offense, the better chance they'll have for success."

That's what plenty of Rams fans expected to see last year with Goff, a highly touted prospect who showed less progress than a host of fellow rookie passers. His new coaches will be judged directly on his growth in Year 2.

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