Lions GM: Jared Goff ‘proven’ to be starting QB going forward

Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes gave quarterback Jared Goff a strong vote of confidence in his end-of-season press conference Tuesday.Holmes told reporters the Lions never viewed Goff as a “bridge” to a rookie and credited him for a rejuvenated Detroit offense in 2022.The Lions missed the playoffs but finished 9-8 for their first winning season since 2017. They ended it on a high note, beating the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in a primetime season finale to block them from the playoffs.”I think it’s a lot easier to get worse at quarterback than to get better in this league,” Holmes said Tuesday. “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.”Goff finished sixth in the NFL in passing yardage (4,438), tied for fifth in passing touchdowns (29) and 18th in completion rate (65.1 percent) with the second-lowest interception rate (1.2 percent). That was good for the seventh-best passer rating in the league at 99.3.”And again, you know how we approach the draft. We’re never going to turn down a good football player, so if it’s a football player we love, we’re going to make sure every stone is turned,” Holmes said.”But I do think that Jared has proven to everybody that he is the starting quarterback for us.”