Detroit Lions: 5 Reasons for fans to love Jared Goff this Valentine’s Day

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Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day! So to honor the holiday, let’s talk about five reasons for Detroit Lions fans to start falling for Jared Goff. Or at least to give the guy a chance…

The Detroit Lions parted ways with longtime quarterback Matthew Stafford this offseason, which ended an era in the organization. Newly hired General Manager Brad Holmes opted to get the quarterback of the organization from which he came here from (Los Angeles Rams) for the Lions.

The two sides worked out a trade, and now Goff is the signal-caller here in Detroit ahead of the 2021 season. He is the first time the Lions have seen a new starter, not by way of injury, in quite some time. But, do not write off Jared Goff yet.

Take a look at five reasons why Detroit Lions fans should love Jared Goff!

1. Jared Goff was the first overall pick for a reason

In the three years that Goff spent at Cal, he threw for 12,195 yards, 96 touchdowns, and 30 interceptions. He completed over 62% of his passes. In fact, according to ESPN, “In three seasons as the starter at Cal, Goff had more completions, passing yards, and touchdowns than any quarterback in school history.”

As the Rams front office watched Goff’s college film, it was his natural instinct and ability that won them over. An ability that I would guess has not disappeared but could benefit from a change of scenery. Enter the Detroit Lions.

2. Jared Goff can win (and hopefully even here in Detroit, too!)

Fun fact via Rams Digest: “…in his fifth NFL season, only Brady (47) has more wins than 26-year-old Goff (42) since 2017”. And yes, it doesn’t hurt that the Rams have had such a solid defense to help get the job done.

But, let’s not discredit his efforts based on that. Goff hasn’t finished the season with a completion percentage below 62.05% since 2017. He hasn’t thrown for less than 3,804 yards on a season since then either, even in his more recent “down seasons.”