Lions QB coach Mark Brunell: I can identify with Jared Goff

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New Lions quarterbacks coach Mark Brunell believes his own playing career may show Jared Goff how a fresh start can help him.

Goff does not officially become a Lion until the start of the league year, when Detroit will ship Matthew Stafford to the Rams in exchange for Goff, a 2021 third-round pick, a 2022 first-round pick and a 2023 first-round pick. But Brunell is already thinking about how his own career, which included a trade from Green Bay to Jacksonville, then another trade to Washington and two late stops with the Saints and Jets, can be a model for Goff.

“But where I think this will really hit home for these guys is that listen, I’ve been traded, I’ve been cut, I’ve been benched, I’ve been booed, I’ve been told, ‘you’re just not what we want,’ I’ve been kicked to the curb. I’ve gone through just about anything an NFL quarterback can go through,” Brunell told the Lions’ website. “So sure, I can identify with Jared Goff, or whoever is our starter, but I can also identify with the kid who’s just new to the building, who’s young and nobody really expects to even make a team. I’ve been that guy, too. I think players can respect that. I hope they can at least.”

This will be Brunell’s first season as a coach, but what he lacks in coaching experience, he makes up for in playing experience — experience that he thinks is directly relevant to Goff.

20 responses to “Lions QB coach Mark Brunell: I can identify with Jared Goff

  1. Looks like Dan C put together a good staff hopefully they can turn things around sooner than later. Detroit fans definitely deserve better.

  2. Goff was ascending perfectly until Matt Patricia exposed him in a game during the 2018 season. After that his numbers fell, he couldn’t adjust. All they did was make a defensive adjustment at the snap, he couldn’t read it and make another adjustment. This really showed in the superbowl.

    Goff lacked focus and learning from 2018 on, why? Well I live in the same area a the Rams training facility is located and one of my coworkers husband’s works for the team and she tells me inside info. When Goff first got drafted he moved to upper class bedroom community in Oak Park and was focused. In 2018 he met his high maintenance Gf and moved to the party enclave of a gated Calabasas community. He lost focus, stopped learning. This is on Goff, he should have realized he was a started QB of an LA team that had just moved there.

  3. I’m not even sure Goff will ever play a snap for the Lions. Lions aren’t in the best cap shape either. He might still be shopped, especially if they pick a QB in the draft. As a Pats fan, I wouldn’t mind them taking that contract on if that 2023 Ram’s first rounder went with it.

  4. Just wait until he sees Goof play in games and realize what he’s in for. Goof will probably make this year than Brunell made in his entire career.

  5. itsamadmadmadmadworld says:
    February 13, 2021 at 12:07 pm
    Just wait until he sees Goof play in games and realize what he’s in for. Goof will probably make this year than Brunell made in his entire career.

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    Goof…?

    Grow up.

  6. i always thought brunel was a poor mans steve young. good but never quite great. perhaps he’ll be a good mentor to Goof!

  7. McVay is a great coach so this better be a wake up call to Goff. The WFT just cut a 1st round QB after less than 2 years because he didn’t put in the time it requires the be an NFL QB. Hopefully, Goff and Haskins can prove they are meant to be NFL QBs, because for Haskins this is most likely his last chance to play in the NFL and Goff relegated to back up QB.

  8. The Lions cold smoked the Rams on that trade. I’d take Goff over Stafford straight up, but you throw in a couple of 1st round picks and a 3rd round pick and I’d be laughing all the way to the bank.

  9. manywinz says:
    February 13, 2021 at 3:39 pm
    The Lions cold smoked the Rams on that trade. I’d take Goff over Stafford straight up, but you throw in a couple of 1st round picks and a 3rd round pick and I’d be laughing all the way to the bank

    I just love when people think a team fleeced anther team because they are receiving draft picks. Unless you’re some amazing psychic, how do you know those draft picks will pan out?

  10. schmitty1 says:
    February 13, 2021 at 4:21 pm
    I just love when people think a team fleeced anther team because they are receiving draft picks. Unless you’re some amazing psychic, how do you know those draft picks will pan out?

    Doesn’t take a psychic to figure out that draft picks > no draft picks.

  11. Brunell: “I was good for a hot minute and then before you know it, I was washed up.”
    Yep…Goff can relate.

  12. Id rather stafford than Kirk, but I think it’s pretty close. Vikings, Please send Kirk for this type of deal. I’d even take one less first rounder. I’m sorry but kirk and stafford cut from the same cloth. They can’t actually equate excellent throwing of said football into winning seasons.

  13. Brunell is a class act who knows how to prepare as a NFL QB. If Goff is coachable, he will play much better than his recent performances. If he doesn’t, he will be out of the league in two years.

  14. footballinla says:
    February 13, 2021 at 11:35 am
    Goff was ascending perfectly until Matt Patricia exposed him in a game during the 2018 season. After that his numbers fell, he couldn’t adjust. All they did was make a defensive adjustment at the snap, he couldn’t read it and make another adjustment. This really showed in the superbowl.
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    Matt Patricia was exposed by every offense in the League the last few seasons.

  15. If you guys really believe that the Lions will win more games than the Rams, please tell me what brand of crack you’re smoking. Great defense wins more games than lousy defense, all day, every day. Stafford has a gun for an arm and can air out the ball. Unlike Detroit, the Rams can actually run the ball.

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