Dan Campbell says Jared Goff needs to ‘go one step further’ for winless Detroit Lions

October 17, 2021

DETROIT – An emotional Dan Campbell shed tears after last week’s heartbreaking loss at Minnesota. But on Sunday in Detroit, the Lions freshman coach was visibly upset when they lost at home to Cincinnati, 34-11.

Detroit’s energy and effort is what bothered him the most, as they were never in a position to win. Campbell also issued a challenge to his starting quarterback Jared Goff.

“I’ll say this,” Campbell said. “I feel like you have to take a step further than you have and I think you need to help us, like everyone else. You will need to put a little weight on your shoulders here and it’s time to step up, do something.” throws and does some things, but needs help. “

Goff certainly didn’t have his best game against the Bengals, passing just 38 yards in the first half. They have now gone four straight games without posting a touchdown in the first half, which last happened in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers.

Goff finished 28 of 42 for 202 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. There were slight boos coming from Lions fans inside Ford Field, directed at Goff and the offense while they were shut out for three quarters.

“I feel your frustration,” Goff said. “These fans here deserve much better than what we’ve been giving them. It’s our job to do that and there are frustrated people everywhere right now.”

The Lions are the last winless team in the league. It’s their first 0-6 start since the infamous 2008 season, when they finished 0-16. With the Jacksonville Jaguars winning Sunday, Detroit now has the longest active losing streak in the NFL with 10 games dating back to last season. They are desperately seeking a victory and are willing to make the necessary changes to do so, including reshuffling the roster.

“I mean, this is a fierce league. It happens all over the league, whatever happens. People get traded. People get knocked out. People get benched,” Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone said. “That’s up to the top, [Lions executive vice president and general manager] Lace [Holmes] and Dan to make those decisions.

“All you can do is focus on yourself, what you can do, like I said, look in the mirror and get better every day,” he added. “As a team, we don’t listen to outside noise. Whoever we go out onto the pitch with, that’s what we’re riding with, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

“Up and down” is Goff’s assessment of himself in describing his game in six games.

“I mean, there have been good things, bad things, things to work on,” Goff said. “It’s always like this when you look at yourself and when you are critical of yourself. Like I said, everyone has their things that they are working on and I am no different.”

Entering next week’s game against former Lions star Matthew Stafford and the fiery Los Angeles Rams, Campbell says he will look at himself in the mirror to make changes. However, those changes will not involve benching Goff, at least for now.

“No. Now, that doesn’t mean something will never happen,” Campbell said of considering a quarterback change. “I’m going to look at everything, but, look, this was an offensive collective effort. You can’t blame one person there. I know maybe you think it’s easy to just throw it away and for me to blame myself, but look, they heard a lot of me there, but the bottom line is the truth. I didn’t help them prepare for this game properly nor did I help our coaches help them prepare properly. “