Jared Goff has “proved to everyone” that he deserves the starting QB role

Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes told reporters Tuesday that he is confident Jared Goff will be able to be the team’s starting point guard in the future.

Goff arrived in Detroit ahead of the 2021 season when the Los Angeles Rams assigned him two first-round draft picks and a third-round quarterback swap, bringing Matthew Stafford to the Rams where he led them to a Super Bowl victory in his first season.

The Rams essentially dumped Goff – who has a Super Bowl appearance of his own – but he reinvigorated his career with a stunning rebound campaign.

Starting all 17 games, Goff threw for 4,438 yards with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions, setting new franchise records for lowest interception rate (1.2 percent) and highest touchdown-to-interception ratio (4.14).

League-wide, Goff ranked fifth in QBR (61.2), fifth in passing touchdowns, sixth in passing yards, tied for sixth in yards per completion and 27th in sacks taken.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Holmes hinted that the Lions would not be looking for a new point guard in the off-season.

“I think it’s much easier to get worse as a quarterback than to improve in this league,” he said.

“So I think what Jared did this year was captain a ship in the top three in offenses and statistically he was in the top ten on most passes.

“Again, you know how we approach the draft, we’ll never turn away a good player, so if it’s a player we love, we’ll make sure every stone is turned. But I think Jared has proven to everyone that he is the starting quarterback for us.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell made a similar comment after defeating the Green Bay Packers in the season finale on Sunday.

“[Goff has] played great,” he said. “It really fits perfectly with what we’re doing and what we’re asking for.

“I think the true mark of a professional is someone who can take coaching. He can look at himself in the mirror, he knows where he needs to improve, he listens to what recommendations you have to get better, and he’s going to it now.

“He’s not afraid of it; does not become sensitive. He just wants to be good. He’s our quarterback.”

On Monday’s locker-cleaning day, Goff told reporters “I love spending time here,” and while he hasn’t been contacted at the front desk about his future in the franchise as he enters the final two years of his contract, he knows he’s internally appreciated .

“It’s a great feeling because I was on the other side of it,” he said. “It feels good to be in a place where you are appreciated. Again, these people here, it’s just a special place and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

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