The Los Angeles Rams are off to a very slow start in the first quarter of the NFC Championship Game. Rams quarterback Jared Goff has been one of the primary culprits, but the issue Goff is having may be more than nerves or just an off-night.
Following the Rams’ first drive of the game, the team’s equipment managers were seen trying to adjust the headphones in his helmet.
Apparently, Goff is having a devil of a time hearing head coach Sean McVay’s playcalling even though the speakers are directly in his ears.
As Jeff Nowak pointed out, Goff’s hearing problems are likely impacting his ability to convey the plays to his teammates in the huddle.
It's so loud that I can't hear the radio broadcast from the speakers plugged directly into my ears (also known as headphones).
I can't imagine how Goff could possible be hearing the play calls, let alone communicating to the others players in the huddle. #Saints
— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) January 20, 2019
The crowd noise could certainly be a culprit for Goff’s poor hearing in the game.
Tens of thousands of screaming Saints fans in an enclosed dome can’t be good for the ears.
With Goff likely relying on head coach Sean McVay to guide him through the game, not being able to hear his coach might force him to start calling his own plays if things don’t improve.
It isn’t the first time that a second-year quarterback on the road suffered mysterious hearing difficulties during a conference title game though.
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez infamously struggled to hear the playcalling during the 2010 AFC Championship Game on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The game is being played on FOX.