Dan Campbell has a tall task in Detroit
There were reports over the past week that New Orleans Saints’ assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell was going to likely become the Detroit Lions’ next head coach.
Well, it is now official. Campbell got a six-year deal on Wednesday, which is unheard of. Coaches typically get 4-5 year deals, not a contract for six years.
Campbell has been an impressive coach during his time with the Miami Dolphins and most recently the Saints and certainly deserves this job with the Lions.
Campbell of course played for the New York Giants from 1999-2002, where he played under Saints’ head coach Sean Payton at the time who was an assistant coach for Big Blue. He was a third round pick of the Giants out of Texas A&M and finished his playing career in 2009 with the Saints having recorded 91 receptions for 934 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Lions are really the last dead franchise left in the NFL with both the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns turning the corner over the past couple of years. Hopefully Campbell can help them finally turn things around. His biggest challenge will be finding a quarterback to replace Matthew Stafford, who may not be around much longer.