Lions believe in Jared Goff, but may still draft a quarterback high

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)
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Jared Goff, Detroit Lions
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Jared Goff has won in the NFL

When Brad Holmes granted Matthew Stafford his wish to be traded by sending him to the Rams, Holmes acquired two future first-round draft picks and a third-round selection this year as part of the deal.

Then of course there was the throw-in of quarterback Jared Goff since the Rams no longer felt confident they could win with him. It has been speculated that Goff is the reason that Holmes was able to get that second first-round pick.

Yet Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell have both stated they want Goff. They have also both said they believe they can win with Jared.

If we’re being honest, there is a legitimate reason that the Rams selected Goff with the first pick in the 2016 NFL draft. He is not without talent and it’s not like he’s been a failure so far in his NFL career.

All the NFL insiders will tell you that the Rams got the better quarterback in the Stafford-Goff trade. But the numbers say that the Lions did indeed get an asset back. Unlike Matthew Stafford who hasn’t won on a consistent basis or at all in the playoffs, Jared Goff has led the Rams to victory consistently.

Goff has also won in the playoffs and helped guide the Rams to the Super Bowl.

Now in all fairness, that is a little bit like comparing apples to pickup trucks. Stafford has had to carry a clueless franchise that more often than not didn’t supply the roster with enough talent or coaching leadership to win.

Meanwhile, Goff was part of a talented team that hired an innovative head coach just one season into his career giving him all the advantages that Matthew didn’t enjoy until now.

However, what shouldn’t be overlooked is the fact that Goff won. There have been many quarterbacks on talented teams that didn’t win because they as quarterbacks simply weren’t good enough.

While part of Goff’s success can obviously be tied to the talent and coaching that surrounded him in Los Angeles, he does deserve credit for what he has accomplished as well. Despite the last two seasons being subpar for him, Jared Goff has been a capable and winning quarterback in the NFL.

The next step will be to see if he can win games in Detroit with a team in transition. A team in need of a lot of rebuilding.