Detroit Lions conclude interview with Dan Campbell for coaching job


The Detroit Lions completed their fifth well-known interview for the position as head coach of the team on Monday, practically meeting with Dan Campbell, the New Orleans Saints coach.

Campbell, a 10-year NFL veteran, was selected by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1999 draft. The tight end, which was trading at 6-foot-5,265 pounds during its playing time, would continue to make stops in Dallas and Detroit. He last played in a game for the Lions in 2008 before sustaining a hamstring injury at the end of the season.

Campbell quickly switched to coaching and joined the Miami Dolphins as an intern in 2010. In 2011 he was assigned the close end of the team and he coached the position over the next five seasons.

In 2015, when the Dolphins sacked head coach Joe Philbin, the team named Campbell as an interim coach. He immediately installed more physically demanding practices, including the inclusion of the Oklahoma drill that made national headlines.

“For me, the best teams I’ve belonged to are the ones who strive for one another during the week,” Campbell said at the time. “Whether it’s a practice group against the defense. They look like a practice group against an offensive, but it gets hot. And it’s intense and it’s people fighting for victory. They want to be noticed or they want you Giving the best.” Job. It’s not just about the movements. “

That Dolphins roster took a 5-7 lead under Campbell’s tutelage and was given the opportunity to interview for the full-time position at the end of the season before the franchise finally settled on Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

Campbell would take a job with the Saints, where he would not only coach the narrow ends of the team, but also serve as the deputy head coach of Sean Payton.

“He’s a fantastic guy, a great worker, a great team-mate,” said Payton after the appointment. “He’s someone who is tough and strong. I can’t say enough good things.”

Over the past several years, Campbell has interviewed for four positions as head coach in Green Bay, Arizona, Cleveland and Indianapolis. He was a finalist for the Colts job that went to former Lions quarterback Frank Reich after Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels stepped down from an agreement with the franchise.

Along with Campbell, the Lions have announced four more interviews for the job previously held by Matt Patricia. The team spoke to ex-Bengals coach Marvin Lewis before the end of the season and last week met with the Chief’s offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and interim coach Darrell Bevell.

The team is also expected to interview the Titans Offensive Coordinator Arthur Smith and Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles this week.

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