The Detroit Lions finally seem to be closing in on a replacement for former head coach Matt Patricia, reports are coming in that Dan Campbell seems to be the favorite to win the job.
While I do admit there is nowhere to go but up from Matt Patricia who was one of the worst head coaches in recent memory, but to me Campbell is not someone who instills me with a lot of confidence.
Campbell’s NFL career actually begins as a player, as a tight end he was selected by the New York Giants with the 79th overall pick in 1999.
Campbell spent his time playing for the Giants, Cowboys, Lions, and Saints primarily as a blocking tight end up until his retirement in 2009. He entered the coaching world in 2010 with the Miami Dolphins as an intern for a year, and then as the tight ends coach soon after.
Campbell worked in this position until 2015 when he took the interim head coaching job after Joe Philbin (who is also one of the worst head coaches in recent memory) retired.
Campbell was unimpressive as an interim head coach, going 5-7 in the regular season and leading one of the more boring operations in football. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by the New Orleans Saints as a tight ends coach and an assistant head coach, a position which he still occupies today.
Campbell does not instill me with confidence, and if I was a Lions fan I would be worried about the limited amount he will be able to do with this team.