Jared Goff and Mitch Trubisky will soon have more in common than just being the last two quarterbacks to come off the board first in their respective draft classes.
They’re going to be roommates (Michael: the most sacred bond).
“I’ll be down in Newport. I’m staying with Mitchell Trubisky,” Goff said in an appearance on Barstool Sports Radio. “I’m excited to spend some time with him, get down to Newport, hang out at the beach a little bit.”
California dreaming with a pair of up-and-coming quarterbacks in the NFL playing in two of the league’s largest media markets? Now, that’s a buddy comedy I can fully get behind.
The Trubisky-Goff bromance looks to be off to a good start with Trubisky posting a picture of the two spending time together in Minneapolis during Super Bowl Week. All things considered, Trubisky is keeping good company with Goff, who like Trubisky, had his fair share of struggles as a rookie under a conservative, defensive-leaning head coach.
Of course, things changed for the better in 2017 when the Rams hired Sean McVay to replace Jeff Fisher as head coach. McVay brought in Matt LaFluer (who was Matt Ryan’s Quarterbacks Coach during his MVP season in Atlanta) to be the offensive coordinator, and Greg Olson (an experienced offensive assistant with a background in grooming quarterbacks) as the team’s QBs Coach. It resulted in Goff taking a huge step forward in his development, erasing concerns he would be a first-round bust. Goff threw for 3,804 yards and 28 touchdowns, earning a Pro Bowl appearance and leading the Rams to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
That’s the kind of leap the Bears have in mind for Trubisky in Year 2. And as we know, the team took a page from the Rams’ playbook an invested in their young signal caller by hiring a quarterback-friendly head coach (Matt Nagy), an offensive coordinator schooled in quarterback development (Mark Helfrich), while retaining Trubisky’s rookie season position coach (Dave Ragone).
If Trubisky can learn anything from Goff and apply it to his own craft, 2018 in Chicago could look a little like Los Angeles in 2017.