QB Jared Goff: "We were getting everything we wanted in the run and the pass."
Los Angeles Rams
#LARams LIVE Jared Goff Postgame Press Conference
(On if tonight felt like a career night on the field)
"It felt pretty good all night. I thought we did a great job protecting, as we've done most of the season this year and, really, all of the season this year. Just keeping me upright and anytime that happens, we've got such good guys on the outside and try to get the ball in their hands and let them make plays. Tonight, we were able to do that."
(On what he saw on the touchdown pass to WR Cooper Kupp in the back corner of the end zone)
"You know, kind of taking a little bit of a chance there and got away with it, but that's what happens when you've got good players. I trust (WR) Cooper (Kupp) and he ran right through it. Wasn't sure if he was in bounds or not, but he made a good catch on it. I think that just shows kind of my trust in him."
(On if this was one of those games where he felt he could take those chances and everything was working)
"Not at that point. I felt like I got into a pretty good rhythm towards the end of the first half and felt like we were rolling. It was kind of – we were getting everything we wanted in the run and the pass. They're such a good defense and when you are able to get the right look and exactly what you want, it kind of is just going your way sometimes. That tended to happen tonight. But again, you see how good they are and how good their defense is, how good their offense is and it was a battle all the way up to the last snap."
(On how much confidence he has in his receivers)
"Yeah, I think that's just speaking to the confidence I have in them and the trust I have in them. Those three guys, I think all went for 100 (yards) tonight. It just shows the work that we've been putting in together and I feel comfortable with all of them. Really at a good level right now."
(On what happened on the 31-yard touchdown pass to WR Robert Woods)
"Yeah, just like you said, we were in 13 (personnel) and shifted out into an empty formation and got a good matchup. We had their linebacker on (WR) Robert Woods and had Robert up the seam. It was a great matchup and great designed play there."
(On what it was like to run to the sideline and chest bump Head Coach Sean McVay)
"(Laughs) I was fired up about that one because that was one we kind of had tweaked with during the week and it came out again, like I said, kind of just how we pictured it and wanted it to. So, I was fired up for him as far as getting that thing off. Told him after, 'I didn't mean to knock you over there.' I was just fired up a little bit."
(On the decision to rely on the pass game more than the run game tonight)
"Yeah, I don't know. I think we were just rolling. (RB) Todd (Gurley II) ran really well as well. I don't know what he averaged, but it had to be at least five (yards per carry) I think. We were kind of getting everything we wanted in the run and the pass. Just the way the game was going, I think we knew with the way their offense was moving the ball, we had to score a lot of points. Sometimes that's the way it goes, but either way, we put up points sometimes, we go down there and Todd scores a bunch of touchdowns and sometimes we throw them. So, it's just the way our offense is."
(On what it feels like when you're in a zone and everything is working offensively)
"It feels good. It feels really good. I think you work for that. It's what you strive for. When we got into that rhythm, into that zone early on in that first half it felt really good. Then, I think in the second half it took us a minute to get back into it, but we're really clicking right now and I feel good about where we're at and we have a lot of season ahead of us."
(On if it means anything to him personally to put together this type of performance on a nationally televised stage on Thursday Night Football)
"It feels good to play well. I don't know if I would have done this and (Vikings QB) Kirk (Cousins) would've drove down and scored and gone for two (points) and won, it wouldn't be feeling very good right now. It feels good to ultimately win and I think the way that game ended, the way we had to really – it was a battle all the way to the end. I mean, we were playing well offensively, but they were as well. Our defense did everything they could there at the end to stop them. Proud of them for fighting back and really making a play when we needed it. They had a lot of time left and we left a lot of time on the clock unfortunately for Kirk there. He had a chance to go down there and our defense made some plays."
(On how it feels to be in a shootout with a quarterback like Cousins)
"Yeah, it's fun. It's fun for us personally. I don't know if it's fun for the whole team. It's cool. Kirk's a guy that we watched on film forever last year. I've got a lot of respect for him and the way he plays. I just think he's such a great quarterback and getting a chance to go against him like that and kind of duke it out. I told him after the game how much I appreciated the battle with him kind of and he's a hell of a player."
(On how much facing the Vikings last year helped him tonight)
"Yeah, it helped a lot. I think just understanding what they do defensively and understanding what their philosophy is and getting beat by it last year. Understanding what not to do against it. They really did a good job against us last year on it and coming away with some stuff this week on a short week – dialing up some stuff – I think it's a credit to (Head Coach) Sean (McVay) and everything he does and all the study he does and all of our offensive coaches on just dialing up a really good scheme this week, getting some of these plays in premiere looks."
(On if he thought he would get the type of matchups that they did tonight)
"That's what you hope for. Yeah, that's what I think I was kind of referring to. You hope to get that and tonight we did. You don't ever really know exactly what you're going to end up getting, but you know if your film study stays true and you dial it up the right way like Sean tends to do, you hope for that and we got that a few times tonight. We were able to execute on it and make plays, protected really well. I think that's something that we can talk about a little bit more is how well the offensive line is playing right now. They're playing the best in the league right now and I don't think it's really close. The last three or four games, I don't know what the numbers are, but I've hit the ground maybe three or four times. I mean even just hits, pressures – not even sacks. Just all that stuff is incredible and they're doing such a great job."
(On how seriously he takes the numbers he put up tonight)
"Yeah, it's what we needed to win tonight. We had to score 38 points to win and I'm just trying to be the best player I can be every play. Tonight, we made some plays and like I talked about, we protected really well and our receivers made great plays and I was able to throw it to them in the right spots. But, you always hope for that and tonight we got it a lot of the time."
(On how it feels to get to 4-0 at the quarter season mark)
"It feels good. The first quarter of the season is over now and being undefeated it feels good. It's where we want to be. We expect to win every game, but you don't really look this far ahead. But, being 4-0 through four games against four quality opponents – every week is tough. This week is no different. We're lucky to be 4-0 – I don't know if lucky is the right word. We're happy to be 4-0 and we've really worked for it."
(On conceptual football and how it feels to create an overall understanding of the plays they run and the intent behind them)
"Yeah, I think this week you could really get a feel for that being on a short week and understanding how quickly we had to come up with some of these ideas, and really, how quickly Sean had to come up with a lot of these ideas. I think it's a testament to how well we're coached and how well they teach us and how well they game plan. The play is called and I say it to the huddle and we go out there and we try to execute to the best of our ability and ultimately it worked tonight. Hopefully it continues to keep working."
(On if it feels like he has elevated his game to a different level this year)
"No, I feel like I'm playing well in the last couple games, but it can flip like that if you don't stay on top of it. Just continuing to try to be the best I can on every play, like I said. You want to try to stay in a rhythm and keep momentum going and we have a nice little 10-day break right here coming up. But, you can't forecast and of that. I think just try to keep working and be the best I can be at practice and just continue to improve and hope for the best."
(On if this team has a Showtime Lakers feel to it)
"I don't know. I wasn't alive (laughs). Yeah, it feels good. It feels good. The crowd was amazing tonight too. I think that's something we talked about as well, how amazing they were. For myself personally, seeing that grow from my first year until now at this place. Seeing a Thursday night when there is so much traffic and everyone is here and waving those towels and it's loud and it's a true home field advantage. It feels good."