The Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams pulled off one of the multiple quarterback trades this offseason. The Lions sent long-time starter Matthew Stafford out west in exchange for Jared Goff, a 2021 third-round pick, 2022 first-round pick and 2023 first-round pick.
While many people are commending the Rams for going for it with Stafford, the Lions come out of this deal in pretty good shape. It is rare when you trade away a franchise quarterback that you get one back that has a better playoff resume than him, but that is what the Lions accomplished.
The Rams essentially threw the towel in on Goff, who will turn only 27-years old in October. While the Lions are entering a rebuild, Goff has an excellent chance of turning things around in Detroit.
For starters, the offensive line being built looks like it will be one of the best in the NFL soon. Left tackle Taylor Decker and Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow were already in place with Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Jonah Jackson, two excellent guards, entrenched on the interior. They are adding Oregon standout tackle Penei Sewell to the mix after selecting him No. 7 overall.
While the Lions don’t have a player that would be considered a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver, Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams are two solid veterans. The crown jewel of the passing game is tight end T.J. Hockenson, who will look to continue building off of his Pro Bowl season in 2020.
While the wide receiver room might be lacking, the running back room is not. D’Andre Swift is an up-and-coming dual threat out of the backfield and Jamaal Williams provides a steady veteran presence after coming over from the Green Bay Packers.
Detroit also has a coaching staff that is 100 percent behind Goff. While things didn’t go well for Anthony Lynn as head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, he is one of the most highly respected offensive minds in the game. He did oversee Justin Herbert break numerous rookie passing records in 2020, so there is hope he will help turn Goff around.
Despite the Rams seemingly being down on him, Goff has had four straight winning seasons after going 0-7 as a rookie. He completed a career-high 67 percent of his passes in 2020 and recorded a QB rating of at least 90 for the third time in four seasons.
While the Lions have been football purgatory for many years, things are finally starting to look bright in the Motor City and Jared Goff could be at the center of their turnaround.