Detroit Found Their Man
After a very long very thorough search for their next head coach the Detroit Lions have found their man. Today the Lions announced that they have signed the New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight end coach Dan Campbell. The Lions interviewed almost ten candidates and have decided on Campbell to be their leader for the future.
Why Dan Campbell?
Campbell has over 20 years of experience in the NFL between his playing days and his time spent as a coach. He is not a traditional X’s and O’s kind of coach but has been described as a leader of men. The Lions have said on a few occasions that they wanted a leader first, someone who can captivate a room and make any player do their best for that coach. Campbell fits that bill very well as multiple players, and former teammates of his have gone on Twitter in support of this move by the Lions.
They said they would run through a wall if he asked them to. That is exactly the type of guy Shiela Ford- Hamp was looking for in their search. If that is the best type of person for the job, only time will tell but with the criteria made public in their search they have their guy.
Rod Wood president and CEO of the Lions, mentioned in each GM and head coaching interview the search comity asked for a list of people they would like to work with and Campbell was on newly hired general manager Brad Holmes’ list and vice versa.
Campbell will have a say in the roster moves and cuts, according to Holmes. They want to work as one to build the best roster possible and not one work for the other. They both have the same goal in mind, bringing a Superbowl to the Motor City. In a brief video posted by Campbell today, he leaves fans with a simple but powerful message “We’re going to put Motown back on the map.” -Dan Campbell
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