Patrick Mahomes throws sidearmed 8-yard completion: Fox broadcast climaxes in unison.
Jared Goff throws behind his target: Troy Aikman projectile vomits into Joe Buck’s mouth.
The NFL is a fickle beast, folks. Seems like just yesterday Jared Goff punched his ticket to two straight Pro Bowls, the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance in 17 years, all on the back of a four-year, $134 million contract extension he inked in 2016.
Now, Troy Aikman can’t even utter Goff’s name without calling for him to be publicly flogged for his poor play.
After a Week 16 interception against the Seahawks:
“It just doesn’t get any uglier than that.”
– Troy Aikman on that last Goff interception
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) December 27, 2020
Ok, maybe Troy wasn’t being hyperbolic. This was bad.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 27, 2020
Michael Silver of NFL.com published a story detailing the nuances of the Goff’s unceremonious departure from Los Angeles, citing Aikman’s ongoing criticism of Goff as a potential reflection of Sean McVay’s opinions of the former number one pick.
Routinely trashed this season on FOX telecasts, specifically those with Troy Aikman as the lead analyst, Goff could reasonably assume that McVay’s words about his quarterback’s play in network production meetings were far from glowing.
Before a Week 12 game against New England:
"You know that Bill Belichick wants the game in Jared Goff's hands."
–Troy Aikman, pregame
— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) December 11, 2020
There is no shortage of ass quarterbacks in the NFL, and while Goff is no Uncle Rico, Aikman’s constant naked criticism of Goff leads me to believe that he forgot Sam Darnold was in the league.
Aikman feels almost uncomfortable giving credit to Jared Goff for literally not missing a snap after popping his thumb back into place. Can’t understand his disdain for him. So bizarre.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) December 27, 2020
*Brady throws a bad pass that Evans has to come back for*
Aikman: That was a perfect pass,
Aikman: That was a terrible pass
— Charles Carter (@carter2985) January 24, 2021
always love hearing the excitement in Aikman's voice when he's not calling a Jared Goff quarterbacked game
— Dustyn W (@CallMeDBlock) January 24, 2021
Regardless of whether McVay was backing over his starting quarterback with a proverbial Ford F-150 in production meetings, the 26-year-old has found a team that won’t treat him like the kid with the cold sore in the blunt circle when he has a bad stretch. That’s a win, despite what Troy has to say about it.
UPDATE: Aikman responded to NFL.com’s Michael Silver’s claim in an interview with Sports Illustrated:
“Unlike Michael Silver, I strive to be fair and balanced and do not have an agenda when doing my job. The record will show that I have been a strong supporter of Jared Goff’s over the years. Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Rams and Jared Goff, he did not perform at his best in the games that I broadcasted this season and I’m confident Jared would be the first to agree.”