Short-timer or staple? Analysts predict the future for Jared Goff in Detroit
There are two food for thought when the Detroit Lions took over quarterback Jared Goff.
The first group believes it is a temporary solution, a bridge to the future with an unknown franchise passerby chosen in an upcoming draft. The other, based on the fact that General Manager Brad Holmes played a major role in the Rams’ drafting of Goff’s # 1 when Homes was the team’s college scouting director, believes the Lions believe the 26 year old could see as the longtime. Term solution.
In reality, it’s likely both. Goff will have one more opportunity to prove he is a legitimate franchise quarterback. Lions have the draft selections and the financial flexibility to change direction in a year or two.
NFL Network analysts Brian Billick and David Carr both believe that Goff will get his career back on track in Detroit.
“Jared Goff, we know he can play,” said Billick, the former coach who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. “This guy was in a Super Bowl. It’ll be interesting to see what they wrap around him because Detroit has a lot to do of course.
“They only hinted at how difficult it is to evaluate a quarterback separately from what is going on around them, so they have to build some things around them,” continued Billick. “But it gives him the opportunity to start over with a team that is clearly – I can’t imagine that they acted for him and what they gave up without knowing, ‘OK, we’re going to wrap everything around this guy. ‘That must be exciting for him. “
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Carr, who was also # 1 overall, agrees that Goff has obvious talent. Carr specifically cited Goff’s ability to throw throws as an indicator of his ability. For the gamer turned analyst, the most important thing is whether Goff can find the consistency he lacked in 2020.
“I think that’s really what I see when I look at Jared that some days he would be excellent,” said Carr. “He’d be a close to 80% graduation guy. Just look at the history of last year, go back and see his degree of completion. It would be 45, 50, 80, you know, going back to 62 to 73 So it was kind of all over the map. “
Goff completed 70% or more of his passes in eight games last season, but also had four performances below 60%. He got off the bench after limited training the week before and hit a season low of 47.4% in a playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks.
He actually completed the best 67.1% of his throws for the season, but the average distance of his passes was a career low, finishing 32nd out of 35 qualified passers-by. He also finished in the lower half of the league in interception rate.
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Overall, Billick and Carr see trading as a win-win for the Lions and Rams, especially with the draft picks the Lions acquired as part of the swap. Both are also excited to see what MatStafford can do outside the shackles of Detroit.
“It gives him a new venue that Matthew Stafford clearly needs,” said Billick. “I’m excited to see what Matthew is doing to Sean McVay in LA because Matthew has – who has had to throw the ball more in the last 10 years than Matthew Stafford? Maybe Drew Brees and even that has changed and decreased. Because they ‘ I didn’t have a running game, they weren’t good, he had to carry this team on his back from day one. Now that he comes to a team where there is more balance in how Sean McVay will move him I could see that Stafford is one I think it’ll be fun to watch.
Carr threw a top player on Stafford’s position.
“I think the Rams are in a position where they can obviously be improved just because I think Matt is a top 10 quarterback,” said Carr. “If you just removed them all from everything, you removed them from their systems, you removed them from their jerseys, and you just tossed all those quarterbacks on the field and brought them to the boardroom, I would probably say he is a top 10 guy. “