Technically, Lions head coach Dan Campbell can’t talk about Jared Goff until the deal becomes official later this month. But like general manager Brad Holmes, he can talk about the quarterback acquisition.
During an interview Wednesday on The Pat McAfee Show, Campbell was asked what he was looking for in a starting quarterback and described a player who could absolutely be played as Goff.
“I would say that you are looking for a guy who is a winner. You’re looking for a guy who’s competitive, ”Campbell said. “I think you’re looking for a guy who knows how to calm the storm when things don’t go well or don’t go your way and it’s just you and the other 10 in the group. He’s someone who can keep everyone in balance, keep them aligned, keep them focused, empower them with confidence, and let them know when they look into his eyes that this guy is ready to go, and that he’s leaving. to do his job while I do my job.
“I think those are the most important things. I’m not worried about a boy who [would] We need to go out there and throw it 50 times to win the game. That’s not fair to me for a quarterback and there are very few who can do it in this league. So, I think the guy must be tough. And he doesn’t have to be a tough, rah-rah, runner-up guy. But there must be a quiet toughness in this guy. “
Goff has never been known as the most exuberant gamer, often described in the sense of “California cool.” But he has also shown toughness, most recently returning to the field after thumb surgery to help the Rams win a playoff game.
While Goff has won many games, compiling a 42-20 regular season record over the past four years, he has also been prone to turnover, committing 38 since the start of the 2019 season.
But the Lions could also select a quarterback, and Holmes said Tuesday that he likes the crop of quarterbacks in this year’s class.
Once the Lions can finally talk about Goff, there will likely be more clarity on how the team really feels about him.