Dan Campbell: We’ve got pieces that will help Jared Goff be the best he can be

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The Lions committed to rebuilding under head coach Dan Campbell and General Manager Brad Holmes when they traded quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Rams in 2021 for quarterback Jared Goff and a pair of first-round picks that they hope will be the foundation of a winning team in the future.

One of those picks was used to trade up for wide receiver Jameson Williams earlier this year and the fact that he’s coming off of a torn ACL shows that the team continues to use the long view for the timeline for that rebuild. That makes it very much an open question as to whether Goff will be the quarterback in Detroit when the Lions are thinking about contending for playoff spots and more.

Goff can be cut loose after the 2022 season without major damage to the salary cap, so he’s going to have to prove his worth this season in order to stick around for a third year with the team. In an interview with Peter King for Football Morning in America, Lions head coach Dan Campbell said that he thinks the Lions have provided Goff with a supporting cast that will allow him to do exactly that.

“I think Goff’s in a real good place,” Campbell said. “Finished strong last year. I like the fact that we’ve got pieces around him that I think are going to help pull the most out of him. We’ve got some pieces here that complement each other that really will help him be the best that he can be. Listen, he’s an accurate quarterback. That’s what he does well. He can throw the football and he can put it right on the money.”

Williams joins free agent acquisition DJ Chark and second-year wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown in a remade receiving corps that will complement tight end T.J. Hockenson in what the Lions hope is a more productive offense. If that hope is realized, Goff may be back for a third year in Detroit. If he can’t live up to expectations, however, the team has two first-round picks next year that will almost certainly be put toward acquiring a quarterback who can.

12 responses to “Dan Campbell: We’ve got pieces that will help Jared Goff be the best he can be

  1. Matthew Stafford had the same pieces Jared Goff had on the Rams and won the Superbowl his first year there. How can anyone say something like this with a straight face or confidence.

    The Lions have one (1) playoff victory in the early 90’s and have done anything else in the post season since 1957. Good Luck! Especially with Goff the proven failure!

  2. Would have been nice if they had kept the SB QB, and given him the pieces. However the Org. had backed themselves into a corner by making him their whipping boy, vs being accountable for their own poor decisions. That being said, the Lions will continue to disappoint as long as the hierarchy remains the same, and Stafford is the better for having left that miasma.

  3. Typical Lions off season chatter……They will be rebuilding in 2 years.

    Goff is worse than Derek Carr, lol.

  4. Lions are doing it the right way. This is just coaches speak.

    Jameson Williams won’t provide them with enough this season to impact Goff’s future. Jared is one of the top 25 QBs on the planet. That’s not good enough though. He will be a bridge QB the rest of his career.

    That division will be irrelevant for most of the year except for those that have Rodgers on their FF team. Packers will win the division by default and probably lose their first playoff game and call it a season. The NFCN won’t be talked about much in 2022 other than talking about draft prep.

    Justin Fields is the only other thing of interest in that division.

  5. The Lions and everyone else knows Goff isn’t the future. However, the Lions O-line is gonna be very, very good, so that should help.

  6. The best pieces to help a QB are studs on defense. There’s less pressure and you can stick with the game plan when the score is close. If you fall behind and the defense knows you’re throwing, you can have five HOF WR’s and it won’t help.

  7. jamkarat says:
    July 18, 2022 at 8:58 am
    Would have been nice if they had kept the SB QB, and given him the pieces. However the Org. had backed themselves into a corner by making him their whipping boy, vs being accountable for their own poor decisions. That being said, the Lions will continue to disappoint as long as the hierarchy remains the same, and Stafford is the better for having left that miasma.

    Not sure where this narrative is coming from..

    michigan native and lions fan here-

    Stafford was treated very well by the team, the fan base. and even overall by the local media.

    Stafford came to them and asked for a trade because the team was looking at another rebuild. thet did the right thing and moved him-

    it was a win win- Stafford was done right by the team, and it allowed the team to acquire significant draft capital and start the rebuild clean.

    also , the hierarchy of the team has totally flipped- new principal owner, new front office, and new coaching staff

    weather any of the above translates into wins is to seen, but the overwhelming opinion of the lions is that they are on the right path.

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