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Jared Goff Reveals Why He Didn't Challenge Dan Campbell on Fourth-Down Call

Larry Rupp
Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff revealed why he didn't challenge Dan Campbell on the fourth-down call.
Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff revealed why he didn't challenge Dan Campbell on the fourth-down call. / AP Photos/Paul Sancya

A controversial fourth-down decision from head coach Dan Campbell ended up biting the Detroit Lions in the butt against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3. It led to another heartbreaking loss and Campbell was quick to shoulder the blame, although quarterback Jared Goff recently revealed why he didn't fight to stay on the field.

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In an appearance on the Karsch & Anderson Show, Goff explained that Campbell's willingness to go for it on fourth down multiple times earlier in the game made it seem as if he had another play call ready to go. Campbell opted for a field goal attempt from Austin Seibert instead, which was missed.

"I wish I just would have had a better idea of what I wanted to run and had a play call ready for myself and maybe suggested something and we could have gone with it."

Jared Goff on the fourth-down decision

If the Lions had gone for it and gotten the first down, they could've ran out the clock and secured a winning record for the first time in three years. Instead, the Vikings needed just three plays to march down the field and score the game-winning touchdown after the missed kick.

Campbell was adamant that calls like that will still be his decision moving forward, but he likes that his quarterback "wants it in his hands." Meanwhile, Goff backed up his coaching staff by mentioning that if the kick was made and the defense made a stop, this topic of conversation wouldn't even exist.

No matter what, the Lions seem content on living and dying by Campbell's aggressiveness. Detroit has a chance to get back to the .500 mark in a Week 4 home matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, where the Lions are favored by 4.5 points on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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