Last week, an emotion Dan Campbell shed tears after the team’s heartbreaking loss to the Vikings. But on Sunday in Detroit, the first-year head coach was visibly angry when the team fell at home to the Bengals, 34-11.
Detroit’s energy and effort is what upset him the most, as they were never in a position to win. Campbell also issued a challenge to his starting quarterback Jared Goff.
“I will say this,” Campbell said. “I feel like he has to step up more than he has and I think he needs to help us, just like everybody else. He’s gonna need to put a little bit of weight on his shoulders here and it’s time to step up, make some throws and do some things, but he needs help.”
Goff had a rough game vs Bengals, passing for just 38 yards in the first half. he finished the game completing 28 of 42 passes for 202 yards and no touchdowns and an interception.
“I feel their frustration,” Goff said. “These fans here deserve a lot better than what we’ve been giving them. It’s our job to do that and there’s frustrated people everywhere right now.”
The Lions are the last winless team in the league. It’s their first 0-6 start since the infamous 2008 season, when they finished 0-16. With the Jacksonville Jaguars winning Sunday, Detroit now has the longest active losing streak in the NFL at 10 games dating to last season. They’re desperately seeking a victory and are willing to make the necessary changes to do so, including shuffling the roster.