Ever since Jared Goff entered the NFL in 2016, he has dealt with lofty expectations. For the first time in his pro career though, the former No. 1 pick isn’t expected to lead his team to a Super Bowl.
Goff was traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Detroit Lions earlier this year. It was an abrupt ending to his career with the Rams, which was unfortunate considering how well he played in 2017 and 2018.
Since the Lions are somewhat entering a rebuilding phase, the franchise won’t be expected to make the playoffs this fall.
Although it must have been tough to leave Los Angeles, Goff appears to be embracing his new situation in Detroit.
“It’s the challenge that’s so fun for me,” Goff told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “The outside expectation is low. That’s fine. We don’t pay attention to it. But the challenge that I have and we all have is to build this thing from the ground up.”
Jared Goff on restarting with the Lions: “The outside expectation is low. That’s fine. We don’t pay attention to it. But the challenge that I have and we all have is to build this thing from the ground up.”https://t.co/yzqVKDVjtJ
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) August 12, 2021
Goff is just 26 years old, but he’s already entering his sixth season in the NFL. He told Farmer that he looks forward to being a veteran in the locker room for the Lions.
“I’ve obviously matured,” Goff said. “I’ve learned a lot. I’ve seen the game from a new perspective and appreciate it more than I ever have. … This gives me the ability to be that veteran guy and be that leader for a lot of these young guys and transition into that part of my career.”
Last season, Goff had 3,952 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He’ll need to be much better this fall if he wants to lead the Lions to success.