The initial sense after the Lions and Rams’ blockbuster quarterback swap earlier this year was that Los Angeles tossed in a second first-round pick to get Detroit to take QB Jared Goff and his onerous contract, making Goff just a temporary stopgap solution until the Lions could find their franchise guy. Lions GM Brad Holmes, who was a part of the Rams front office that was so high on Goff initially, pushed back on that characterization, however.
“He’s been successful. He has a lot of wins. He’s been to the playoffs,” Holmes said via Tim Twentyman of the team website. “I don’t know why he doesn’t have a chance to be successful. There’s nothing wrong with winning. The outside narrative has been like, ‘Oh, you got the guy for two years to bridge and then that’s it.’ Ok, I can name you some stop-gaps. I wouldn’t say (Goff is one).
“Before the trade, I remember (Rams GM) Les (Snead) asked me if I wanted Jared and I said, ‘Yes, I do want Jared.’ He said, ‘Ok, I’m just asking because I’m getting a lot of calls.’ Within that QB circle of teams that needed one, Jared was sought after, just as Carson Wentz was sought after, just as Sam Darnold was sought after. That Stafford (was sought after).
“I never viewed (Goff) as a bridge option. He’s been a winning quarterback. His resume speaks for itself.”
Holmes went on to say he thought Goff got a bad rap with the Rams and from what he can see so far, he’s approaching this season with a huge chip on his shoulder to prove his doubters wrong.
“He got a bad rap (in LA). He did,” Holmes said. “I didn’t think it was always fair, but everyone has their own opinion about that. But, end of the day, he’s in a great place right now. He’s got the chip on his shoulder, but it’s very subtle, because he’s so calm and collective and even keel, which I always thought elevated his game.
“That’s always been a plus for him. He isn’t walking around like, ‘I’m pissed off and angry,’ but you can kind of tell with some of the things he says and his mannerisms like, ‘Ok, he’s at that point.'”