For the most part, if you ask a NFL player who is an MVP candidate what they think of winning the award, they are going to say it is an individual award and are only focused on team success and blah, blah, blah.
Winning the MVP does result in team success. From the last five MVP winners, four led their team to the Super Bowl in the same season (Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Tom Brady). Now none of them won the Super Bowl, but that is beside the point.
From the four players that won the MVP award and led their team to the Super Bowl, they combine to average 13 wins (52 wins total). Since 2013, 13 wins can get a team a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs. For Los Angeles Rams‘ quarterback Jared Goff, the NFL MVP award should something he wants in 2018.
His teammate Todd Gurley II placed second in the NFL MVP voting behind Brady last season, receiving eight votes. But now Gurley can be used as a stepping-stool to help his quarterback win the luxurious award along with the talented Rams’ offense.
In 2017, Goff threw for 3,804 yards, 28 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He was a big reason the Rams led the league in scoring (29.9 points per game) and placed 10th in total offense (361.5 yards per game).
The Rams did lose their 2017 deep threat in Sammy Watkins, but they upgraded by trading away a first-round pick to the New England Patriots for Brandin Cooks. With 16.6 yards per reception in 2017, placing him seventh in the NFL in such category, Cooks should be beneficial to the MVP award for Goff.
Cooks will join the receiving core of Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, two players who had great seasons in 2017. Woods had somewhat of a breakout season after achieving a career-high 781 receiving yards and tied his career touchdown mark with five. Kupp led all rookie receivers in catches (62), second in yards (869) and touchdowns (five).
An upgraded receiving core, one of the best running backs in Gurley, an offensive line that ranked sixth in the Pro Football Focus rankings and an elite offensive minded head coach in Sean McVay, Goff has all the proper tools to become league MVP. Who would think this would be considered to win MVP after a dreadful rookie season.
Goff looked like a gigantic bust his rookie year. He threw 1,089 yards, five touchdowns, seven interceptions and had a 63.6 quarterback rating while going 0-7 as the starting quarterback.
The Rams seem to be all in on winning a Super Bowl this season with the offseason moves they have made so far. And in winning the NFL MVP, Goff can lead his team to Atlanta to play in the Super Bowl next season.