The Facts: After leading Detroit (9-8) to its first winning season since 2017, which included a 20-16 win over the Packers on the road in the finale, GM Brad Holmes said he feels Goff has proved to be the franchise's quarterback moving forward. "I think it's a lot easier to get worse at quarterback than to get better in this league," Holmes said Tuesday.
Diehards Line: Holmes continued: "So, I think what Jared has done this year, he captained the ship of a top-3 offense, and he was top-10 statistically in most of the passing categories. And again, you know how we approach the draft. ... I do think that Jared has proven to everybody that he is the starting quarterback for us." After returning to Detroit on Monday, Goff and teammates cleaned out their lockers and he reiterated, "I've loved my time here." He said he hasn't been approached by the front office about his future in Detroit, but added, "We'll see." Goff is signed through 2024, but the Lions will incur $10 million of dead money on their cap if they release him after this season, meaning they could do so without much financial consequence if they wanted to go in another direction. But Holmes said the team never viewed Goff as a bridge quarterback. While on the Los Angeles Rams staff, Holmes was integral in drafting Goff as the first overall pick in 2016 and stood by him even through the low moments.