Detroit Lions: Dan Campbell understands this is a marathon not a sprint

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Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell seems to understand this will be a marathon and not a sprint.

The Detroit Lions brass refuses to use the term rebuild because the phrase has such a negative implication when applied to sports, but that is exactly what the organization will endure in 2021.  Campbell seems to know the task at hand will take time and has low expectations in year one.  I like it, the ole under-promise and hopefully over-deliver mentality.

I am thrilled that this new regime doesn’t want to place any blame on the previous group. Instead, it wants to hold itself accountable.  It would be very easy to blame Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia for the dumpster fire they inherited.

Surely Dan Campbell, Anthony Lynn, and Aaron Glenn would prefer to take over a team with the likes of Matthew Stafford, Darius Slay, Quandre Diggs, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones on the roster, but I admire Holmes and this coaching staff understanding the current state of the organization and seem committed to finally get this Detroit Lions franchise pointed in the right direction.

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One thing, if you are mocking me for mentioning Stafford, Golladay, and Jones, saying the organization wasn’t forced to trade Stafford and had the ability to negotiate new contracts with Golladay and Jones, I don’t know what to tell you.  All three of those players wanted out of Detroit or were simply seeking the best financial deal possible.

Campbell recently joined Stoney & Jansen with Heather on 97.1 The Ticket and seemed to understand this will be a work in progress.  Campbell’s biggest fear entering Week One is that his club isn’t prepared, stating he hopes he and the Detroit Lions coaching staff has had enough time to implement everything they wanted to.

Some good news, Campbell mentioned that Michael Brockers and D’Andre Swift should be ready to go come Sunday when the Detroit Lions host the San Francisco 49ers in Week One of the regular season.

The Detroit Lions head coach also mentioned that he’s not concerned with the teams’ no. 7 overall pick, Penei Sewell heading into the regular season.  Campbell says Sewell is exactly where he should be, understanding he sat out last season due to the coronavirus pandemic, plus learning a new position on the fly at the NFL level.

Detroit Lions Odds.

The Detroit Lions open the season as the largest underdogs in Week One.  According to WynnBET, the 49ers are -7.5 favorites.  The Lions are +275 on the Moneyline.  The total points sit at 45 (OVER -115/UNDER -105).

Next. Previewing the week 1 matchup against the 49ers. dark

With the Lions’ offense expected to sputter in 2021 with Jared Goff, T.J. Hockenson, and D’Andre Swift having yet to work together in a game scenario, the best bet of the weekend might be the under.