New Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff does not believe the team is in a "rebuild," after meeting with Detroit's front office and hearing about what principal owner Sheila Ford Hamp has accomplished since last May.
“It’s not a rebuild at all, to be honest. I know you guys are going to throw that word around. I don’t see it as that at all," Goff told reporters.
"I think it takes the right pieces to win, but it can happen in one offseason. It’s going to take a lot of hard work, and that’s the challenge that I think I’m most excited for -- this challenge of bringing this team and bringing this city and bringing this culture back to what it should be. I know it won’t happen overnight. I know it won’t happen in a week, (and) it won’t happen in a month. But, it can happen very quickly, if it’s the right people and they’re doing it the right way," Goff commented further. "I think from all I’ve heard about Sheila (Ford Hamp) and everything she’s done since she got to take over in May, it’s really been a special thing so far.”
After the first week of NFL free agency, Detroit has addressed needs on the defensive line and at wide receiver.
As expected, Detroit decided to move on from several members of last year's team, including linebacker Jarrad Davis and special teams ace Miles Killebrew.
The Lions have also added several veterans who fit the desired culture that is trying to be established.
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Goff expressed that he has already been in contact with new wideouts Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman.
Like many other NFL players, he is waiting to learn about the NFL protocols for workouts this offseason, prior to getting together with his new teammates.
“I’ve texted with both of them, excited about both of them. I think they’re both great pieces," Goff commented. "I’ve seen them from afar around this league making plays, and I’m excited about both of them -- for sure. I will be working out with them at some point. We’re still waiting to hear what the NFL will do for offseason programming. But, whenever that may be, we’ll get together, and we’ll get some work in. I know they’re excited for it, as well as I am.”
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