New Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff has already said he appreciates that he’ll now be playing somewhere where he’s being appreciated and wanted. But he also got some reassurances from someone who has been around these parts for quite some time.
During his virtual press conference for Super Bowl week, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said that he gave Goff a call after he had heard about the landmark trade which saw the Lions send Matthew Stafford to Los Angeles for two first-round picks, third-round pick and Goff in return.
“Just wanted to wish him the best and let him know if he needs anything in Detroit, cause it’s a city that I love and I’ve got a lot of quality relationships there, that I’m happy to pass on to him to make sure he’s comfortable and gets a fresh start there,” Suh said per the Detroit Free Press.
That kind of praise may sound surprising coming from Suh. When offered a chance to re-sign in Detroit after five years on his rookie deal, Suh instead chose to sign a lucrative deal with the Miami Dolphins in 2015. Then, a few years later when paired with Goff during the Rams’ 2018 Super Bowl run, Suh caught some ire from Lions fans. In an Instagram post, he called Goff “the best QB I’ve ever had,” indirectly letting the world know what he thought of Stafford.
But Suh has had rich connections in Detroit ever since his time there. He still does business in the local area, investing in many real estate ventures including a Birmingham condo he purchased back in 2019.
Suh also gave high praise to new Lions head coach Dan Campbell, who served as Suh’s interim head coach for 12 games back in 2015 with the Dolphins.
“Dan’s a great guy,” Suh said. “Had an amazing time with him being our interim head coach at the Dolphins. Without question a player’s coach and been able to stay in touch with him when he was at New Orleans, obviously playing them twice these last two years.”
And while Goff may no longer be the best quarterback Suh has ever had—I suppose Tom Brady belongs in that conversation now—the Bucs defensive tackle believes Detroit is still getting a good one.
“(Campbell) just got a great quarterback in Jared Goff, who I was in the Super Bowl with two years ago. So I’m excited to see what they’re going to be able to do up there in Detroit.”