Detroit Lions: Will Jared Goff be the long-term quarterback solution?

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Detroit Lions: Year one for Goff

Goff is taking over a Lions team that is coming off of one of the worst coaching regimes in franchise history, and for the Lions, that says a lot. Newly hired coach Dan Campbell will be a large factor in Goff’s first-year success in Detroit. From constructing a roster around Goff to developing schemes that fit Goff’s strengths, Campbell will play a large role in Goff’s future in professional football.

He played his best season in 2018, a year in which Goff’s Rams would win 15 games (including playoffs) and take home an NFC championship. However, in Super Bowl LII, opposing head coach Bill Belichick would uncover a weakness in Goff that would change the way opposing defenses game planned for the young quarterback: pressure.

Following an impressive 2018 campaign, the Rams would be plagued by injuries and poor performances in 2019. The 2019 season would end up being Sean McVay’s worst season at the helm in Los Angeles as the Rams would miss the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and post a 9-7 record.

2019 would also end up being Goff’s worst NFL season since McVay took over. Goff would post an 86.5 rating and pass for 4,638 yards with 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, completing 62% of his passes along the way.

To put this in perspective, the Lions went 11-5 in 2014 behind the gunslinging arm of Matthew Stafford. That same year Stafford would finish the season with an 85.7 rating and throw for 4,257 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions while only completing 60.3% of his passes—statistically worse than Goff’s worst year under McVay.