Detroit Lions first-year head coach Dan Campbell didn't mince words about Jared Goff's performance in the team's 34-11 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals this past weekend. He told reporters that his quarterback "needs to step up more than he has" in order for the winless Lions to snap out of their funk.
Although Campbell never considered benching Goff mid-game, he noted that every player will be evaluated in practice this week. And Campbell's challenge couldn't have come at a better time, as the Lions are scheduled to face Goff's former team, the Los Angeles Rams, on Sunday afternoon at SoFi Stadium.
"The one thing that's a big strength of Campbell is understanding the makeup of a locker room and the way a team works," MMQB reporter Albert Breer told The DA Show on Wednesday. "And I think, to some degree, there's been a little bit of frustration with Goff on how he's seeing things right now. It's not Goff alone, his numbers, or how the first six weeks of the season have gone for him, personally. It's how it's affecting everybody else, too...
"In a certain way, what Campbell is doing is, serving the rest of his team. And trying to give Jared a kick in the ass and saying to him, 'Listen, bud, you need to make progress in these areas. Because if you don't make progress in these areas, you're affecting the way the other guys do their job.' So, I think that's where they're at with him right now, and they're hoping that he responds..."
Goff, who was acquired by Detroit in a blockbuster trade with the Rams back in January, completed 28 of 42 passes for 202 yards with no touchdowns and an interception against the Bengals. He heard some boos from a disgruntled Ford Field crowd, as their offense was shutout for the first three quarters.
Through six games with the Lions, Goff has completed 66.8-percent of his passes for 1,505 yards with seven touchdowns and four picks. He ranks 15th in the league in passing yards, 14th in completion percentage, tied for 20th in touchdown passes, 22nd in passer rating, and 31st in yards per attempt.
Detroit (0-6) and Los Angeles (5-1) are scheduled to kick off at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Lions are projected to finish the regular season with a league-worst record of 2-15.
The entire NFL conversation between Breer and DA can be accessed in the audio player above.