Ruey Yen: Jared Goff really did not look sharp on this Saturday night. While he still did complete a respectable 63% of his passes (26 for 41), I can hear the call for Zach Kline getting louder and louder. One thing to remember, though, is that this was only Goff's 2nd career road start. His first road start was, of course, in that monsoon up in Eugene when he had all kind of fumbling problems. So if you're really grasping for some positives, then you can say that Goff's 2nd career start is miles above his first one.
I thought Goff missed a lot of his targets in the UCLA games. The sharp passing in the short and mid-range game was simply not there on a consistent basis. While he only had 1 interception, Goff gave the Bruins few other opportunities to pick the ball. As the QB of the team, perhaps the pressure to win games is getting to Goff?
After a brilliant start to his collegiate career, Goff hasn't been quite at the same level. I don't know think this is due to the oppositions having figured out how to defend the Bear Raid. Instead, Goff is simply not executing at a high level. Maybe he has some nagging injuries or something else, but it might be time to give Kline another look.
Berkelium97: Against UCLA Goff's struggles were mostly his own. The first-half pass rush could be blamed for disrupting his rhythm, but he's been feeling a heavy pass rush all season and he hadn't performed like this. Yesterday he was missing many of the passes that he usually makes. The interception was particularly frustrating--he didn't expect that defender to drop back into coverage and threw the ball right to him. He looked like a true freshman in this game.
It was a bad performance, but it will take a few more like this before I start wondering if Kline is a better option.