Jared Goff and Ben Johnson have been a match made in football heaven.

Goff Responds, “It’s Not about the Money,” to Ben Johnson’s Comeback

Since Johnson was elevated to offensive coordinator for the 2022 season, Detroit Lions signal-caller Jared Goff and Johnson have been a match made in football heaven.

Goff, who was released by the Los Angeles Rams, has since had a remarkable comeback.
The 2016 No. 1 overall pick has completed 66.2 percent of his passes while throwing for 9,013 yards and 59 touchdowns over the past two seasons. In addition, he was chosen for the Pro Bowl and guided the Lions to a 21-13 record, which included the team’s first division title in thirty years.

Goff has established a solid relationship with Johnson along the way, which has undoubtedly contributed to his affirmation as Detroit’s franchise quarterback going forward.

But Goff and the Lions nearly lost their best offensive playmaker for the second straight summer. Johnson was courted by multiple teams with head coaching openings. He is now thought to be one of the top offensive brains in the game. Nevertheless, the highly sought-after coordinator made the decision to come back to Detroit in order to try again with Goff and the rest of the club to win a Super Bowl.

The most recent episode of Willbo’s podcast, “Trading Cards,” included Goff telling Robbie and Will McInerny that Johnson “had plenty of opportunities to leave, and for two years, he really did and could’ve left.” He doesn’t care about the money, therefore we’re lucky. He is an avid coach. He enjoys spending time with us. In that sense, he’s a pretty unique kind of person. I’m so appreciative of him.
Lions are not an anomaly.

In 2023, Detroit had a stellar season and made it to the NFC Championship Game for the first time in thirty-two years.

But before the NFC championship game against the NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers, many national and local experts talked about how talented and worthy the 49ers were. The Lions, meanwhile, had a strong roster and had achieved a memorable season. However, the perception held by these people in the media was that Dan Campbell’s team had somewhat—or significantly, depending on your perspective—overachieved by going all the way to the NFC championship round of the playoffs.

That didn’t sit well with Goff, particularly after he heard the same story from a beat reporter covering the Lions before Detroit’s game against the 49ers.

“You know, that beat reporter has been with us for three years and is one of our own. You’ve never visited San Francisco. You are aware of the makeup of our group. Why must we always be discussing how excellent their players are? Talk about our players’ excellence. I felt that way,” Goff remarked. “Because they have so many talented players, do we feel fortunate to be able to play this game? Do you mean to say that? First-team All-Pros (Amon-Ra) St. Brown, Penei Sewell, Frank Ragnow, and Sam LaPorta are among us. Do you want me to continue, like,? We both have a ton of talented players, as far as I’m aware. I am aware of their exceptional talent, as are we.

Goff is tired of the Lions always being referred to as “the underdog.” He also intends to demonstrate (again) to the NFL’s top clubs that he and his colleagues are worthy competitors with San Francisco and the other top teams in the league.
“I am aware that the 49ers have talented players. I am aware that they have Nick Bosa, the Defensive Player of the Year, and everything else. Look at our roster, though. Each of us has talented players. The idea was, I suppose, that we were here to stay. This isn’t a fluke season where everything worked out perfectly. Instead, our squad consists of excellent coaches and players.

“No simple road” leads to greatness

Goff made it to the Super Bowl once before, with the Rams in 2018. He hopes to accomplish both a victory and a repeat performance with the Lions.
The seasoned quarterback is aware that there are challenges along the road and that there are no short cuts to the NFL’s highest level of accomplishment. After signing with the Lions and playing in a 3-13-1 season in 2021, he went through exactly that.

In the summer after his trade from Los Angeles to Detroit, he read the book “The Obstacle is the Way,” which taught him an important lesson of persevering through difficult times.

“The challenge is that you want to be great and you want your team to be great. For example, I aim to win a Super Bowl and advance our club from this humble beginnings to a higher level. How are you going to get there? Straight through the center,” Goff remarked. “There is just one path to take. There’s no short cut. There’s no miracle drug. “Hey, maybe we can cut the corner here,” is not present. Not at all; instead, you must face the difficult situations head-on, persevere through them daily, and find a way to be present each and every day.

 

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