These 15 Star Athletes Had Nightmare Rookie Seasons

First impressions can be deceiving. These 15 legends overcame truly terrible rookie seasons to have stellar pro careers.

Jared Goff

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Jared Goff

He's currently the quarterback of one of the most explosive offenses in football, but Jared Goff had a brutal rookie campaign.

Goff was selected by the Los Angeles Rams with the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Right off the bat, he had serious difficulties learning the team's playbook and mastering the complex verbiage that came along with it.

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He's currently the quarterback of one of the most explosive offenses in football, but Jared Goff had a brutal rookie campaign.

Goff was selected by the Los Angeles Rams with the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Right off the bat, he had serious difficulties learning the team's playbook and mastering the complex verbiage that came along with it.

That fact contributed to him staying on the bench for the first half of the season, but by mid-November, the team was ready to give him a shot.

The Rams proceeded to lose all seven of Goff's starts to conclude the season, as the former Cal Golden Bear completed just 54.6 percent of his passes and tossed more interceptions than touchdowns.

His Approximate Value (think of it like WAR for football players) of -2 that season was even lower than the 1 Bradshaw posted in his dreadful rookie year.

Enter Sean McVay.

The Rams fired Jeff Fisher shortly after the conclusion of Goff's rookie season, calling on McVay to become the team's new head coach. McVay was just 30 years old at the time of his hiring, making him the youngest head coach in league history.

McVay helped revive Goff's downtrodden confidence and instilled an offensive system that catered to his strengths.

Goff made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and has emerged as one of the best young quarterbacks in the game today.

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