Goff starts QB for now – CBS Detroit

Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell is not considering a change at quarterback.

That does not mean he is happy.

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 17: Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell reacts during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field on October 17, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio / Getty Images)

“I do not put all this on Jared Goff, for it is a collective achievement by our offense,” Campbell said after the Lions fell to 0-6 with a skewed 34-11 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. “But I would say he needs to step up more than he has. He’s going to have to put a little bit of weight on his shoulders here, do some throws and do some things. ”

Until the Bengals played a soft defense in the fourth quarter, Goff struggled to get the ball off the field. His first nine halftime finishes went to 48 yards, and 41 of them came after the catch.

Even after leading two scoring drives in the fourth quarter, he finished 28th of 42 for 202 yards and one interception. Hans 4.8 yards pr. Attempts and 7.2 yards per. Completion was both low in season. Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow threw four touchdown passes and averaged 13.9 yards per carry. Completion.

“I don’t think defense is doing anything special to take away our ability to get the ball off the field,” Goff said. “We just have to start making plays, and it starts with me. We have to get the guys open and I have to get the ball in position to play. “

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 17: TJ Hockenson # 88 of the Detroit Lions arrives for an incomplete pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter at Ford Field on October 17, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya / Getty Images)

The most obvious example of Detroit’s downfield matches came early in the second quarter. With the Bengals leading 7-0, the Lions faced a 3rd-and-4 from Cincinnati 38. A windy cover left the close end TJ Hockenson wide open on the left side, but Goff’s pass sailed high and behind him. An accurate throw would probably have led to a touchdown.

“We were on different sides about where the ball should be, but I have to do a better job there,” Goff said. “I have to lead him and give him a chance for that game.”

Campbell acknowledged that his young offensive line missed a lot of tasks, as did the defense and special teams.

“Our focus was not there,” he said. “Give the Bengals the credit for playing well, but that team is not 30 points better than us. We were not even in the fight. It’s brutal. ”

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 17: Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell reacts during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field on October 17, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio / Getty Images)

The problems started early as the Lions took two penalties before running their second game of the game.

“We talked this week about having a good pace in attack, and then we came out and went penalty kicks,” Campbell said. “I mean, what the hell? We shot ourselves in the foot, we did not perform, and when we had a chance to make a game, we did not reach it.”

Campbell said Goff will be the starter on Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams – the team that traded him to the Lions in the offseason – but he plans other changes.

“I have a million ideas about things we could do to get started, but first I have to sit down and watch this movie,” he said. “I know we have a lot to clean up.”

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 17: Matthew Stafford # 9 of the Los Angeles Rams looks set to pass against the New York Giants in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier / Getty Images)

So far, the trade with Goff for Stafford is working much better for the rams. Goff has seven touchdown passes and eight turnovers for the winnerless Lions, while Stafford has thrown 16 TDs and four interceptions to Los Angeles (5-1).

However, Goff is not ready to talk about these comparisons. When asked on Sunday if he had thoughts of flipping the rams, his answer was as short as most of his endings.

“No,” he said, concluding his press conference.

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