Jared Goff took a lot of slack the first year that he came onboard the Detroit Lions, after getting traded from the LA Rams. But now, he’s proving all the naysayers wrong. While so many Detroit Lions fans and commentators didn’t think he would be the guy to lead the team to a winning season, that’s just what he did in 2022. In the end, the Lions ended the season with a winning record and beating the Green Bay Packers twice. The Lions almost made the playoffs, to boot.
Goff’s stats say it all. He was ranked in the top five of all NFL quarterbacks for the month of December 2022.
Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes says he always knew Goff was not a bridge quarterback. Holmes brought him on for the long-haul. Speaking during his season-ending press conference, Holmes had made it clear to everyone, including Goff, that’s he plans on making Goff the franchise’s permanent quarterback.
“He stayed the course,” Holmes said. “Knowing what he’s made of, that’s why I just kept faith, I kept confidence. I respect the hell out of him, because I told him, ‘We’ll hold up our end of the bargain.'”
Holmes added, “We were being held accountable, we’ve got to put you in the right situation, with the right pieces around you, stability on offense. And, I felt like we did that, and he held up his end of the bargain.” He added, “I just think it worked out. I didn’t have any doubt or waver, I never really deemed him as a bridge. I think everybody else did, but I think it’s a little bit of the recency bias from what he had to deal with last year.”
There you have it. All you Goff haters will have to start getting on the bandwagon, because Goff is here to stay.