The Detroit Lions said goodbye to longtime starting quarterback Matthew Stafford this past offseason and acquired Jared Goff to be the team's starter. Quarterback coach Mark Brunell seems to be a fan of the former Los Angeles Ram and even compared him to a projected Hall-of-Famer.
This is a surprising comparison given Goff's struggles to start his career. While the 26-year-old owns a 42-27 record in his career as a starter, he has thrown at least 12 interceptions in each of the last three seasons. Goff passed for just 3,952 yards and 20 touchdowns in 15 games played in 2020.
Being compared to Drew Brees has to feel like a confidence boost, though. The Super Bowl champion passed for over 80,000 yards in his career and was named to the Pro Bowl 13 times. Detroit would be fortunate if Goff is able to emulate even half of the skills Brees brought to the table in his prime.
Seeing success from Goff would be a welcomed sight as Lions fans desperately need something positive to cheer about. Detroit has to wake up on offense after averaging just 350.2 yards and 23.6 points per game last season, which both ranked as the 13th-lowest marks in the NFL.
It'll be interesting to see if Goff can live up to the hype of his position coach and shock some people in the NFL this year. The Lions remain long shots to make any kind of noise this season and have odds set at +620 to reach the playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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