Detroit Lions GM: Jared Goff has ´proven to everybody´ he deserves the starting QB role

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Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes told reporters on Tuesday he is confident in Jared Goff’s ability to be the team’s starting quarterback going forward.

Goff arrived in Detroit prior to the 2021 season as the Los Angeles Rams attached him to two first-round draft picks and a third-rounder to swap quarterbacks, bringing Matthew Stafford to the Rams where he guided them to a Super Bowl win in his first season.

The Rams were essentially dumping Goff – who has a Super Bowl appearance himself – but he has reinvigorated his career with a stunning bounceback campaign.

Starting all 17 games, Goff threw for 4,438 yards with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions, setting new franchise-records for lowest interception rate (1.2 per cent) and highest touchdown-to-interception ratio (4.14).

League-wide, Goff finished fifth in QBR (61.2), fifth in touchdown passes, sixth in passing yards, tied for sixth in yards-per-completion, and 27th in sacks taken.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Holmes indicated the Lions will not look for a new starting quarterback in the offseason.

“I think it’s a lot easier to get worse at quarterback than to get better in this league,” he said.

“So, I think what Jared has done this year, he captained the ship of a top-three offense, and he was top-10 statistically in most of the passing categories.

“Again, you know how we approach the draft, we’re never going to turn down a good football player, so if it’s a football player we love, we’re going to make sure every stone is turned. But I do think that Jared has proven to everybody that he is the starting quarterback for us.”

Lions head coach Dan Campbell provided similar commentary after defeating the Green Bay Packers in their season finale on Sunday.

“[Goff has] played great,” he said. “He’s really a perfect fit for what we do and what we ask.

“I think the true sign of a pro is somebody who can take the coaching. He can look at himself in the mirror, he knows where he needs to improve, he listens to what recommendations you have to get better, and he goes at it now.

“He doesn’t shy from it; he doesn’t get sensitive. He just wants to be good. That’s our quarterback.”

On locker clean-out day Monday, Goff told reporters “I’ve loved my time here” and that while he has not been approached by the front office about his future with the franchise as he enters the final two years of his deal, he knows he is appreciated internally.

“It feels great, because I’ve been on the flip side of that,” he said. “To be in a place where you are appreciated, it feels good. And again, these people here, it’s just a special place and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

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