Why do bad things happen to good people? I have been asking myself this since the day I was born.
I spent most of this year proclaiming that “The Greatest Show on Turf” had returned, in my weekly update articles as well as the SKA comments section. Does the Mercedes-Benz Dome in Atlanta have a grass field? Because that is the only cause I can come up with for the disaster that was last night.
It all seemed so promising early. The Brady pick, the Gostkowski missed field goal. We had all the momentum in the world. But we somehow got shut out in the first half?
3 points. In 60 minutes of football. The New England Patriots held a top 5 quarterback, the best running back in football, a superb offensive line, the most talented receiving corps in the country, and the most gifted offensive mind the league has ever seen to 3 MOTHERFUCKING points. The best defense in football, the Bears, held us to 6 in the regular season. What the fuck McVay? What the fuck Goff? Come on guys, do better.
Goff has shown flashes of greatness in his career. I’ve said it many times in the last couple weeks — Goff outplayed Brees in the Super Dome. But last night he showed that sometimes he just cannot handle the bright lights.
19/38 for 229 yards. Four sacks for 31 yards. One interception. A 57.9 passer rating and a 13.4 QB rating. Bad, but not the absolute worst Super Bowl ever played by a quarterback. At least on paper. The eye test may have suggested otherwise, because he looked like a deer in the headlights out there.
I refuse to post his first half stat line, because it is disgusting. The most infuriating number in all of this, though, is the number zero.
Zero touchdowns for Goff.
Goff took us to the Super Bowl, yes. But in three playoff games he had one single touchdown. ONE. In his last 8 games Goff has 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Does he just not have it? I’m not opposed to signing Tannehill or Flacco and drafting a QB in the third round. After all, that is how the Seahawks found Russell Wilson. Goff has become complacent, maybe some competition will get him to snap out of it.
Maybe I am placing too much blame on Goff. Maybe I should be mad at McVay. I was worried he was going to get too fancy in an attempt to outcoach Belichick. But no, he decided to roll out one of the most vanilla offenses I have ever seen. What the FUCK! This is the Super Bowl. The Falcons scored 3 points during their second half collapse against the Patriots two years ago, and that’s all we could manage all game?
The Rams were just 3/13 on third down. And in the first three quarters, we had just six first downs. For being an “offensive genius”, McVay got embarrassed last night. I would not be surprised if coaches who are part of the McVay coaching tree see their job offers rescinded in the next week.
Sometimes I find it really hard to relate to people. Actually, a lot of the time. But today, I can really relate to Andrew Whitworth.
Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth on the Super Bowl: “At the end of the day we’re all gonna die”
— Nate Scott (@aNateScott) February 4, 2019
Enough about the offense. Lets talk about the insanely talented Rams defense, which has, for the most part, underachieved all season. But last night they showed up, and they looked great. They held the greatest QB and the greatest head coach of all time to 13 points on the biggest stage. And none of them get a ring.
Our window is closed. And it will only close more when we sign Goff to a mega-contract. This was our all-in year, and we fucking blew it. I cannot believe this.
I want to apologize to Halos, who had to sit through that pathetic display of football in person. I also want to apologize to all of you who had to watch it at home. You all have been telling me that the Saints deserved to be in the Super Bowl. Maybe you were right, because they probably would have put up more than 3 points —and made the game at least watchable.
On the bright side, Hekker looked good.