Dan Campbell went on Jared Goff.
The Lions fell to the Bengals 34-11 on Sunday in a total defeat by all accounts. Black quarterback Jared Gauff, though, bears the bulk of the responsibility thanks to another below-average performance: Gauff completed 28 of 42 passes for 202 yards and an interception in the losing effort.
Goff (and two first-round picks) traded from the Rams to The Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford and some others, and the returns have been less than inspiring for the previous No. 1 overall pick so far this season.
Very uninspiring, in fact, this led to the Lions’ head coach lying at the starting linebacker afterwards.
Will the Lions be on the bench, Jared Goff?
As of now, it appears Jared Goff will remain the Detroit quarterback, Dan Campbell said after his week six game with the Bengals.
Campbell, while apparently disappointed with Goff, said there was no consideration for his seats to have David Plouffe back up. Blow has captured footage of the Lions over the course of six games in 2019 and 2020.
The Lions coach, however, announced that he expects more from the quarterback going forward:
# black HC Dan Campbell on QB Jared Goff today:
“I don’t feel like we can judge him accurately one way or the other. … Now, I’m going to say this: I feel he needs to come forward more than he did. I think he needs our help just like everyone else. …
DougKyed October 17 2021
More from Campbell on Goof:
“I think he’s going to need to put a little weight on his shoulders, and it’s time to step up, do some throws and do some things.”
– DougKyed October 17 2021
“I don’t feel like we can judge him accurately one way or the other,” Campbell said. “Now, I will say this: I feel like he needs to step up more than he did. I think he needs our help, just like everyone else. I think he’s going to need to put a little weight on his shoulders here.”
The Lions remain the only team to not have a win in the NFL after the Jaguars took the W in London on Sunday morning.
In Gauff’s defense, the team doesn’t exactly feature the one receiving goals this season: The top two goalscorers on Sunday were TJ Hockenson and running back DeAndre Swift, with Kalif Raymond and Amon-Ra St. Drive broad goals.
Black also doesn’t have a real plan in the QB outside of Goff: Blough and Tim Doyle (currently on IR) are the two QBs behind Goff on the depth chart.
Many expect the team to make a change to the passersby in the coming seasons, but if the lions continue to stink with the current QB, expect them to hit the Goff switch at some point in the near future.