The Detroit Lions are telling us how they really feel about David Blough

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Over the past week, the Detroit Lions have told us how they feel about David Blough without really telling us anything at all.

It’s still a mystery to me why Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell elected to stay with starting quarterback Jared Goff knowing he was injured and could not throw the football rather than insert backup David Blough.

Campbell’s power run play-calling worked great in the first half against Pittsburgh, but once the Steelers recognized that Goff was unable to throw the football, they began to stack the line of scrimmage, focusing on stopping D’Andre Swift and challenging Goff to throw the ball.  We all know how that worked out; Goff averaged a mere 4.6 yards per pass attempt.  Not completion, per attempt, and totaled just 144 yards on 14 completions.

The Detroit Lions are telling us how they really feel about David Blough.

Goff suffered a strained oblique on a deep pass he missed on badly intended for Kalif Raymond in the first quarter.  During his postgame interview, Campbell mentioned he continued to ask the teams’ medical staff, Anthony Lynn and Goff, himself, if he was ok to continue playing.

Campbell also mentioned that he felt Goff gave the Lions the best chance to win the overtime contest in Pittsburgh.  That is something in itself that needs to be questioned.  Is Blough that bad?  When both players are completely healthy, Goff is a better quarterback than Blough, but Goff at even 75% or worse is not a better option than a 100% healthy Blough.

Campbell also reiterated that Goff did enough to remain in the game, which begs the question; was he watching the same game that we all were?

The Detroit Lions are preparing to turn things over to Tim Boyle if Jared Goff is unable to start in Cleveland.

Goff was in street clothes during Wednesday practice resting his injury, and it was Tim Boyle taking all of the first-team reps for the Detroit Lions.

Boyle technically is still on the injured reserve list but was designated to return last week but has not yet been activated.  Boyle suffered a thumb injury before the start of the regular season but appears to be in line to start this coming Sunday in Cleveland if Goff cannot go rather than Blough, who has backed up Goff over the first nine games.

The 27-year old Boyle has thrown for 15 yards on three completions during his career and has never made an NFL start.

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Blough started five games for the Detroit Lions back in 2019, filling in for the injured Matthew Stafford, throwing for 984 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions.