Following the New Orleans Saints’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Detroit Lions are expected and rumored to be bringing in Dan Campbell to be the new head coach. The Lions and their fanbase can take a deep breath as it seems very likely that the coaching search is over.
Campbell is the Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach who also has ties to the Lions. Campbell was a ten-year veteran of the National Football League (NFL), having spent three of those seasons with the Lions, including the horrifying 0-16 season.
Campbell is not an “X’s and O’s guy,” but someone that people feel can bring some character. Buy-in from the players is something that former head coach Matt Patricia did not have, and the feeling with Campbell is that he can provide it.
While Campbell does not have experience as a coordinator, he was once an interim head coach. On top of that, the buzz and excitement around Campbell are not for his resume and accolades as a coordinator or coach; it is the intangibles.
The Detroit Lions are likely to be bringing in Dan Campbell to be their new head coach putting his lack of coordinator experience aside.
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The love of his ability to get buy-in from his players, the favor towards being a high-energy presence around his players, and finding ways to unite the players and coaching staff towards the common goal is what is being labeled as the important qualities.
No official deal is in place, but the Lions are likely to work something out with Campbell sooner than later.
The offseason already saw the Lions organization bring in a new general manager, Brad Holmes, who is taking over his duties.
Holmes has a five-year deal with the Lions and should be allowed to have some input on who the team brings in to be the Lions’ new head coach.
Hopefully, with Campbell, the favorite, Holmes got the chance to share his thoughts with Rod Wood, Sheila Ford Hamp, and consultants Chris Spielman and Barry Sanders.
Besides Holmes and (presumably) Campbell, the Saints’ loss will allow him to start working to fill out the rest of his coaching staff. He can scoop up the personnel he wants before other organizations pluck candidates that Campbell wants to bring in.
No deal is official yet, but expect the Detroit Lions to be heavily in pursuit of New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach Dan Campbell as the day/week progresses.