Jared Goff insisted on taking the field with Lions' starting O-line


At first, Jared Goff was fine with sitting out the Lions' preseason opener. He sees the bigger picture. Then he learned the starting offensive line was taking the field.

"Didn’t want those guys out there without me," Goff said after leading the Lions on a game-opening touchdown drive in a 27-23 loss to the Falcons Friday night.

So Goff went right to Dan Campbell and demanded to play -- and Campbell eventually had no choice but to say yes.

"He was the one who came to my office and said, 'I want to play.' I said, 'Well, you’re not playing.' And he said, 'If they’re playing, I’m playing.' I said, 'OK, you’re playing.' I appreciate that about him," said Campbell. "And he went out there and ran that offense."

With the protection of a healthy offensive line that never got to play together last season, Goff led the Lions 79 yards in 10 plays. He went 3-4 for 47 yards, including a 20-yard shot to Amon-Ra St. Brown that set up a touchdown run by D'Andre Swift. The only pass he didn't complete bounced off Jamaal Williams' hands.

Left tackle Taylor Decker said he and the rest of the offensive line were "fired up" when they learned that Goff had forced his way onto the field.

"I love that," Decker said. "You want your quarterback to go out there and he’s like, 'If my guys are out there, I’m going to go out there and compete, we’re going to go right down the field and score.' And that’s what we did."

Campbell said his decision to let Goff play boiled down to mutual "trust."

"He trusts (the offensive line), I trust him and I trust that O-line and I trusted that (offensive coordinator) Ben (Johnson) was going to put him in the right situations," Campbell said. "We did what we needed to do.

"And that’s really what you’re looking for out of your 1’s. You want to see them play fast, efficient, move it down the field and score a touchdown to finish out the drive."

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