Bob Wojnowski: For Lions to finally win a game, Jared Goff must deliver more

Bob Wojnowski, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT — Bad is bad. Boring is worse. Bad, boring and bumbling is the worst of all.

No broken hearts for the Lions this time, just broken spirit, broken plays and a broken record of misery. Unofficially, the clock starts now. At 0-6, the Lions are the NFL's last winless team, and it's getting harder and harder to find an opponent on the schedule they can beat. It's also getting harder to find a deep pass that Jared Goff can complete.

Goff wasn't the entire problem as the Bengals stomped the Lions 34-11 Sunday at Ford Field, a performance that had the crowd booing early. But as an experienced quarterback amid a constant shuffle of young receivers and linemen, Goff isn't doing nearly enough to find solutions.

Nobody did on this day, pushing Dan Campbell to deliver his first blast of befuddlement and anger. Whatever sympathetic slack the Lions earned by losing twice on last-play field goals, they tossed it away.

"I'll state the obvious, we got whipped," Campbell said. "That was brutal. More importantly, the focus wasn't there. I told the team this, I'm going to look at everything, that's my job. But when you get whipped like that, that's on me."

Last week it was tears, as Campbell despaired over another loss on a long field goal. This time is was fears, all the Lions' worst fears as they dropped their 10th straight game. That's the NFL's new reigning run, after Jacksonville broke its 20-game losing streak by beating Miami.


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The quarterback rightly will receive a big chunk of criticism. That's always the case, but the concern is, it's almost as if Goff is resigned to his fate in a total rebuild. The offensive line is missing its two best blockers and the depleted receiving corps is a hodge-podge of unknowns. Goff looks more confused and less effective each week, dumping the ball on short routes that do little but kill time and aggravate the customers.

Campbell said he never considered going to backup David Blough, but when pressed on Goff, he paused for several seconds before answering.

"I don't feel like we can accurately judge him one way or another, I don't feel that way yet," Campbell said. "Now, I will say this — I feel he needs to step up more than he has. I think he's going to need to put a little bit of weight on his shoulders here, make some throws and do some things. He needs help, but I want to see him step up, because I think he can do it."


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