Jared Goff: I feel empowered by Lions' coaches
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New Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff is already feeling empowered by the fresh start in Detroit. Goff, the No. 1 pick of the 2016 NFL draft, was traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Lions this offseason. "I think that's been a healthy relationship and something that's been fun for me to experience and be a part of guys that are really wanting to hear from me and wanting to hear what I like," Goff said.
Goff clarified that he wasn't taking a shot at his former team Rams. "I don't want this to turn into I'm saying this in regards to anything that's happened in my past, it's just been fun to be a part of that. There were times where it was like that in the past and there weren't times where it was like in the past, it's a little bit of both," Goff said.
"For this to start off on that foot, I think is the best thing I can say. It's been fun. It's been really cool and I've had a lot of fun having that ownership and being able to really use my strengths and use my knowledge and use what I know, and at the same time continue to learn from these guys."
Lions head coach Dan Campbell wants to see leadership from Goff
"I want him to feel comfortable enough to say what's on his mind, like, 'Why are we not converting these?' And either I'll tell you, 'This is why we're not,' or 'A-Lynn [says], this is why we're not converting these,' or, 'You know what, it's a good idea.
Let's do it,'" Campbell said. "I want him to have open dialogue with us, I want him to have feedback. There's things that if he feels like this is something he can do, and we feel good about putting it in his hands, that's what we want to do, because I think if you do that and you feel like he can handle it, he really does gain a lot more ownership into it and the guys will feel that, the guys around him.
"That's what we want. I don't want to just put him in a box and say, 'No, no, no. This is who you are. You have to stay in this confinement, and you cannot deviate out of this box whatsoever. No, no, no.' "I want him to be able to come out of that box at times.
You've got things that you feel like you can do, you can handle, we can handle as a team, then we'll put on him whatever we feel like we can put on him because I think that will help him grow and become better as our field general."