Nobody in their right mnd thought the Detroit Lions would be any good after losing a QB like Matt Stafford. After trading him for Jared Goff, the team remains winless on the year as the Rams continue to surge.
After a disastrous Week 6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals — Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell didn’t mince words when it came to assessing his team’s offensive play, specifically calling on quarterback Jared Goff to improve his play:
“I’ll tell you this… (full 10-second pause), I feel like he needs to step up more than he has.”
“He’s going to need to put a little bit of weight on his shoulders here,” Campbell said. “It’s time to step up, make some throws, and do some things. But he needs help. He needs help.”
However, he made sure to not put everything on Goff as he used the phrase “collective effort” in describing his offense’s poor performance.
“I don’t put this all on Jared Goff,” Campbell said. “This is a collective offensive (effort). From how can w help schematically, to — are we in man at the proper time? Are our guys getting open? Is he making the throw he should? Is he making the right read? So this is a collective effort offensively that we are digging ourselves into a ditch with.”
Goff finished Sunday’s game 28-of-42 for 202 yards and an interception and posted his second-lowest passer rating of the season. He has not thrown a touchdown pass in back-to-back games.
Their 23-point beat-down was the largest of the Lions’ season.
Goff has thrown for 1,505 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions this season.
The Lions are set to face the Rams in Week 7.