Jared Goff rejected plan to sit out preseason opener

NFL: AUG 12 Preseason - Falcons at Lions
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The Lions offense took the field for their preseason opener against the Falcons with quarterback Jared Goff in the lineup, but that wasn’t the original plan.

After the game, Lions head coach Dan Campbell said that he planned for Goff to sit out on Friday night but changed directions after a conversation with the quarterback. Goff learned that the starting offensive linemen would be playing and told reporters that he “didn’t want those guys out there without me” after Campbell recounted their chat.

“He came to my office and said, ‘I want to play,'” Campbell said, via the team’s website. “I said, ‘You’re not playing’ and he said, ‘If they are playing, I’m playing.’ So, I said, ‘Ok, you’re playing.’ I appreciate that about him. He went out there and ran that offense. I think it’s about trust. He trusts them, I trust him, and I trust that o-line, and I trust [offensive coordinator] Ben [Johnson] is going to put them in the right situation.”

The Lions never had all five members of their preferred starting line in the lineup at the same time last season because of injuries, so the hope is that Friday night will be the first of many games that Goff plays behind the same unit.

Goff left the game after 10 snaps. He went 3-of-4 for 47 yards.

20 responses to “Jared Goff rejected plan to sit out preseason opener

  1. I like that MCDC is letting Ben call plays. Dan has his own stuff to work on as a head coach without the extra responsibility of figuring out the next play, so I hope this is the way the regular season will go.

  2. Not a Detroit fan, but they looked energized and ready to go last night. Easy to root for these guys.

  3. Starters looked good. If Goff goes down they have no other QB’s. I guess that’s the plan, though. Go for it and if something happens, you get a low pick for a QB next draft.

  4. It’s the first preseason game of the year and you’re excited about “energy and ready to play”

    as if you’re not a Detroit pretending to be the opposite.

    One Playoff win is 68 years for Detroit, but they look energized and ready to play guys….LOL!

  5. It’s the first preseason game of the year and you’re excited about “energy and ready to play” as if you’re NOT a Detroit fan pretending to be the opposite.

    One Playoff win in 68 years for Detroit, but they look energized and ready to play guys….LOL!

  6. Jared Goff is not going to take this team anywhere, they will have a new QB and HC/GM before the Lions are relevant again……I’m for the first time since the city was run by competent politicians.

  7. The Lions won their Superbowl last night.

    Even though they lost, they still won their Superbowl. See you next season.

  8. The Lions won their Superbowl last night.

    Even though they lost, they still won their Superbowl. See you next season.

    You sound like Antonio Brown.

  9. That Rodriguez LB kid looks great I really hope he develops into a solid LB for the Lions who haven’t had a good LB in decades

  10. Lions have LOTS of problems that Tom Brady, Joe Montana and Dan Marino all rolled into one can’t solve

  11. Unless a QB is injured or the OL is beat up, I think every starting QB should play at least one series with the projected starting offense in preseason simply to get timing down and a get that feel for the live game. The red jerseys of practice football create a false sense of timing. Goff is a decent starting QB, but he needs to get the timing down.

  12. Goff is a good dude and is easy to root for. Best of luck to him and the Lions in turning that franchise around and finding success.

  13. Anyone thinks Goff is a good QB after getting traded from a Superbowl ready team to the Lions and the Lions old QB went to Goff’s team and won the Superbowl —- is a special kinda stup!d.

  14. Yeah sure, it was the OL for Stafford’s struggles…….keep telling your self that.

    If only….. they had more than one playoff win in the past 70 years!

  15. Those Lions fans wanting to tank for next draft’s shiney QB, careful what you wish for.

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