The Detroit Lions are winless through five weeks of the NFL season, but head coach Matt Patricia said he still has not seen enough from quarterback Jared Goff. “I think you guys would say that’s up to me,” Patricia told reporters on Wednesday. “So I’m going to keep coaching him and leading him in the right direction until we get there.”
Dan Campbell said in his press conference that Jared Goff, and the rest of the Detroit Lions’ offense need to “step up more” for them to have a successful season.
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ESPN’s Eric Woodyard
DETROIT (AP) — After last week’s tragic defeat in Minnesota, an emotional Dan Campbell cried. However, when the Lions lost 34-11 at home to Cincinnati on Sunday, the first-year coach was obviously enraged.
He was most offended by Detroit’s intensity and effort, considering they were never in a position to win. Campbell also issued a challenge to Jared Goff, his starting quarterback.
“This is what I’m going to say,” Campbell said. “I believe he needs to step up more than he has, and I believe he, like everyone else, needs to assist us. He’ll have to put some weight on his shoulders here, and it’s time for him to step up, make some throws, and do some things, but he’ll need some assistance.”
In the first half, Goff had a poor performance against the Bengals, throwing for just 38 yards. They have now gone four games without scoring a touchdown in the first half, the latest time being against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2.
Goff threw an interception and completed 28 of 42 passes for 202 yards and no touchdowns. Inside Ford Field, there were a few mild boos thrown towards Goff and the offense after they were shut out for three quarters.
“I understand their dissatisfaction,” Goff added. “These supporters deserve a lot more than what we’ve been providing them up to this point. It is our responsibility to do it, and there are many individuals that are frustrated right now.”
The Lions are the league’s last winless team. It’s the first time they’ve started 0-6 since the terrible 2008 season, when they went 0-16. With the Jaguars’ victory on Sunday, Detroit now owns the NFL’s longest active losing streak at ten games, going back to last season. They’re desperate for a win and are prepared to make any necessary adjustments, even rearranging the squad.
“This is a competitive league, after all.” That occurs all throughout the league, regardless of the circumstances. People are swapped. People are fired. Linebacker Alex Anzalone of the Lions stated, “People get benched.” “Those choices are up to [Lions executive vice president and general manager] Brad [Holmes] and Dan upstairs.”
“All you can do is concentrate on yourself,” he continued. “All you can do is look in the mirror and grow better every day.” “We don’t pay attention to the outside world as a group. Whoever we ride with on the field, that’s who we’ll be with, and that’s what we’ll do.”
When asked how he felt about his performance through six games, Goff described it as “up and down.”
“I mean, there’s been good, terrible, and there’s been something to work on,” Goff said. “When you look at yourself and are critical of yourself, it’s almost always like that. As I previously said, everyone has something they’re working on, and I’m no exception.”
Campbell said he’ll be looking in the mirror to make improvements before next week’s game against former Lions star Matthew Stafford and the red-hot Los Angeles Rams. However, at least for the time being, those modifications will not include benching Goff.
“No. That isn’t to say that something won’t come up in the future “When asked whether he was thinking about switching quarterbacks, Campbell responded yes. “I’m going to look at everything, but, look, offensively, this was a team effort. There isn’t a single individual to blame. Maybe you think it’s easier for me to simply toss it out and blame it on myself, but look, they heard a lot from me in there, and the bottom line is that’s the truth. I didn’t assist them in adequately preparing for this game, nor did our coaches assist them in properly preparing for this game.”
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