First impressions last in the NFL, and Jared Goff may never be able to live down his first impression from HBO’s Hard Knocks.
Today in The Herd, Colin referenced an article from The Harvard Business Review that contends that first impressions are formed in a nanosecond, and once they’re formed, they’re next to impossible to change.
It’s not fair, it’s science. Tony Romo is statistically one of the top 4th quarter quarterbacks in the league, but people still say, ‘Same old Romo!’ every time he throws a pick. This is all because of a botched hold on an field goal from a 2007 playoff game that left a bad national impression.
Jared Goff’s first impression, courtesy of Hard Knocks, is that he’s over his skis.
While the other rookie quarterbacks surely made many of the same mistakes Goff did, theirs weren’t cut and edited by a production staff to further a narrative for a reality TV show.
“Hard Knocks was a massive mistake by the Rams,” said Colin. “He had trouble calling a play. So did Carson Wentz, so did Paxton Lynch. Totally confused. Everybody else, you just didn’t see it.”
Goff’s Hard Knocks critics have more ammunition to reinforce their negative perception this week, as #2 pick Carson Wentz comes off a Week 1 smashing of Cleveland. Goff needs time. Fans don’t want to hear that.
Colin says it’s not Goff’s fault he was put in the Hard Knocks predicament, but that doesn’t matter now. The real question is, can he change his negative perception?
According to The Harvard Business Journal, that’s unlikely.
“I feel bad for Jared Goff, I talked with an exec the other day, Hard Knocks killed him.”
Colin also talked about how the Rams set Goff up to fail on Speak for Yourself.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) September 2, 2016