Todd Gurley understands the challenges Jared Goff faces as he prepares for a new chapter with the Detroit Lions. Gurley was a two-time All-Pro with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 and 2018, but physical limitations, a steep decline in production, and money issues led to L.A. cutting ties with the star running back last April.
The Rams are now parting ties with Goff after an underwhelming two year stretch following a stellar 2018 season, including the former No. 1 overall pick in a package for Matthew Stafford.
But Gurley said Goff has a “lot of ball left,” adding change could be positive:
“It could be a good thing for him, you know? Just add an extra chip on your shoulder,” Gurley said, via Nick Shook of NFL.com. “A lot of players like to play with chips on their shoulder, but it's a lot different when you're a franchise quarterback and you take your team to the Super Bowl and two years later you're on a whole other team. Like I told him, man, love him, just want him to be happy and keep doing what you're doing.”
Goff suddenly finds himself on a team in the midst of a rebuild, but the Lions seem to feel comfortable making him the centerpiece of that rebuild.
New head coach Dan Campbell promised to change the culture in Detroit, and general manager Brad Holmes had actually been the scouting director for the Rams before he was hired by the Lions.
This will be a new challenge for Goff. But Gurley feels his former quarterback is capable of revitalizing his career in the Motor City.