3 reasons Jared Goff is the Lions starting quarterback

Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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Jared Goff, Detroit Lions
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2. Goff is still young

The Detroit Lions went from a solid quarterback with an experienced 33-year-old Stafford to a younger quarterback with more playoff experience in 26-year-old Goff. While Goff fell out of favor with Rams head coach Sean McVay, that doesn’t mean he can’t learn and grow under Lions head coach Dan Campbell.

While pundits have pointed out Goff’s faults and errant passes, they are doing so in the lens of the trade that sent him to Detroit. It’s also not lost on people that Detroit isn’t viewed as the best destination due to the team’s history and lack of winning. This doesn’t mean Goff can’t play and hasn’t done good things on the football field.

Take system and coaching into account and shifting out of McVay’s offense could actually be a good thing for Goff if was struggling. The system in Detroit might cater better to his skills and the change of scenery could boost his performance.

We don’t know what his receiving corps will look like yet outside of tight end T.J. Hockenson and wide receiver Quintez Cephus. But he’ll get his shot in 2021.