Don't blame the big men up front if you see some shoulders shaking Sunday along the Rams offensive line. The audibles of Jared Goff are pretty funny. A video compilation of Goff’s line-of-scrimmage calls went viral this week after the second-year quarterback was mic’d up for the Rams’ victory over Houston last Sunday. This wasn’t your everyday “Omaha!” stuff. Goff variously barked “Elvis,” “Tupac,” “Obama” and “Ric Flair.” It's standard for offenses to come up with cryptic words or names to signal plays, formations or snap counts. Common practice is to use words containing an L or R to indicate left or right, so that conceivably could explain Elvis and Ric. Of course, the Rams aren't saying. "I can't tell you everything because that would certainly be an advantage," coach Sean McVay said. "A lot of those words are from the players, from the coaching staff. You try to have fun with some of those code words and the communication." When Miami coach Adam Gase was offensive coordinator in Denver, he used to peruse Scrabble.com to find words to entertain quarterback Peyton Manning. In Cincinnati, the audible "Bruce" meant the running back was supposed to block the strong safety. Why? Because the acronym for "back on strong safety" is BOSS, and Bruce Springsteen goes by "The Boss." "You try to keep it relevant and make sure that whatever it is, there's at least some association and you try to be intentional with those things," McVay said. A lot of those directions at the line of scrimmage are merely gibberish aimed at fooling the defense. There’s an art to those dummy calls, as former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck told The Times in 2014.
Rams' Jared Goff offers comic relief with audibles
Los Angeles Times | Nov 19