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Dan Campbell had funny answer to question about Lions quarterback situation

Dan Campbell

New Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell had a funny answer to a question about his team’s quarterback situation.

Campbell joined “The Dan Patrick Show” for an interview on Thursday. Campbell isn’t allowed to talk about Jared Goff publicly yet until the trade with the Los Angeles Rams becomes official when the new league year begins on March 17.

So when Patrick wanted to ask Campbell about Goff, the two had to get creative. Patrick asked Campbell what traits he would hypothetically be looking for. Campbell began to describe Goff without actually naming the player.

“You’d love the guy to be blond. You’d love the guy to have a 1 and 6 on his jersey,” Campbell began, jokingly.

Campbell then began to share some serious characteristics about Goff he likes.

“You’re looking for a guy who is a winner, he’s competitive, he’s got a quiet confidence about him. He’s durable.”

Well, nobody can say that Campbell doesn’t have a sense of humor. He’s also showing lately that he’s pretty adept at talking with the media.

The Lions will have Goff as their starting quarterback now that Matthew Stafford is gone. Goff’s peak wasn’t enough for Sean McVay. It’s hard to imagine he will perform better elsewhere, but the Lions are hoping he will.

New Lions coach Dan Campbell had great quote about ‘true alpha’

Dan Campbell

New Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell is quickly becoming a quote machine.

Campbell went viral for his epic introductory press conference when he was named as the Lions’ head coach in January. On Tuesday, he went viral for his “true alpha” quote.

Campbell was asked about how he and new general manager Brad Holmes work together on roster decisions. He said that there is a lot of collaboration and that he is always willing to listen and hear the opinions of others. The golden quote was when he said “a true alpha knows when it’s time to concede for the betterment of the team.”

I guess we know how Campbell sees himself. He is a true alpha willing to concede when it is called for.

Campbell was an assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints prior to taking the Detroit job. He was with the Miami Dolphins from 2010-2015 before that and served as their interim coach in 2015 after Joe Philbin was fired.

You can see his epic intro press conference video here.

New Lions coach Dan Campbell has epic intro press conference

Dan Campbell

Dan Campbell has yet to coach a game or hold a practice with the Detroit Lions, but we can already say with confidence that he will be the most intense head coach in football next season.

Campbell was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Lions on Thursday. The highlight of the press conference was when he spoke about the losing that has gone on in Detroit for years now. The former NFL tight end said he can’t guarantee wins, but he can promise his players are going to “bite a kneecap off” after they get knocked down.

You can see some of the fiery speech below, but beware that it contains a curse word:

Now we know why the Lions were impressed with Campbell.

Campbell was an assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints prior to taking the Detroit job. He was with the Miami Dolphins from 2010-2015 before that and served as their interim coach in 2015 after Joe Philbin was fired.

Those who have heard this absolutely legendary story about Campbell probably were not surprised by his press conference on Thursday. If nothing else, the guy is going to be a quote machine.

Lions expected to hire Dan Campbell as next head coach

Dan Campbell

The Detroit Lions appear to have their next head coach.

The Lions are expected to hire Dan Campbell as their head coach. The news emerged on Sunday after the New Orleans Saints were eliminated from the playoffs.

Campbell is an assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the Saints. He has been with New Orleans since 2016.

Prior to New Orleans, Campbell was with Miami from 2010-2015. He served as their interim head coach in 2015 after Joe Philbin was fired and went 5-7 in 12 games.

The Lions went 5-11 this season and had three straight losing seasons under Matt Patricia, who was fired midseason. One thing we can say about Campbell is you’ll never be able to question his toughness. Just read this legendary story about it.

Report: Dan Campbell not interested in Dolphins’ head coach job

Dan Campbell

Dan Campbell is a name popping up on a lot of lists of potential head coaches, but he won’t be in line for the Miami Dolphins’ job.

Campbell, currently a New Orleans Saints assistant, is not interested in the Miami job, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

Interestingly, Campbell knows Miami well. He served as the team’s interim coach in 2015 after the firing of Joe Philbin, where he went 5-7 and made a good early impression there.

Campbell has three other interviews lined up, so it’s not a matter of him not being interested in a head coaching job. He just doesn’t want Miami’s, which is interesting, as he likely knows a thing or two about the organization and its ownership. Of course, it’s entirely possible the Dolphins aren’t that interested in him, either.

Report: Colts plan to interview Frank Reich, Dan Campbell

The Indianapolis Colts are opening up an extensive head coaching search after Josh McDaniels snubbed them, and they’ve reportedly identified two possible candidates.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that the Colts will interview Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich and New Orleans Saints assistant Dan Campbell for their vacant head coaching position.

Campbell is an intriguing new name in the search. He went 5-7 as the interim coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2015. Reich has ties to the organization as well, having started his coaching career as an offensive assistant under Tony Dungy in Indianapolis.

Reich may be the top candidate, based on what we’ve heard, though this process is only just restarting.

Dan Campbell took down motivational sayings in team auditorium

Dan Campbell

Dan Campbell did impressive work in his first two games after taking over as head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Following a 1-3 start that saw Joe Philbin get fired after the team’s loss in London, Campbell became interim head coach and led them to consecutive wins. But they didn’t just win games; they annihilated opponents. They whooped the Titans 38-10 and then crushed the Texans 44-26 in Week 7, a game they led 41-0 at halftime.

What are some of the things Campbell’s done that have helped turn around the team? As related by’s Jeff Darlington, Campbell took down the motivational sayings in the team auditorium because he felt the messages had become stale.

“Everybody in sports sees coaches using those signs,” Campbell told’s Darlington. “The problem is, after a while, after two or three weeks, the same sign is still sitting there. And it doesn’t mean anything anymore. Because you’re just used to seeing it.”

In addition to getting rid of the stale/cliche messages, he also reorganized the team’s locker room. He grouped the players together by their positions rather than intermingling everyone. He also has changed up the speed around the team by making it more fast-paced.

The rest of Campbell’s secrets will probably remain with the coach, but there is no doubt what he has done has resonated with the team. His youth and energy — Campbell is 39 and played 10 years as a tight end in the NFL from 1999-2008 — clearly helps him relate to the players more. It’s obvious the Dolphins have responded to him and his methods.

Dan Campbell’s appendix burst on flight to training camp and he said nothing


Long before he became the interim head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Dan Campbell was an NFL tight end for four different organizations. Among his teammates and coaches, Campbell was known as one of the toughest guys in the league.

How tough? Tough enough to have his appendix rupture in the middle of a flight and say nothing about it.

In 2005, Campbell and fellow tight ends Jason Witten and Sean Ryan were headed off on a flight together to a Bill Parcells-led training camp with the Dallas Cowboys. When their plane arrived in California, Campbell was not present at the first meeting for the position group. Tight ends coach Paul Pasqualoni revealed that Campbell had gone to the emergency room for an appendectomy.

As Conor Orr of Around the NFL notes, Campbell’s appendix had burst on the flight from Texas to California. He had to have been in a ton of pain, but he said nothing. The reality of the matter is his life was in danger. Yet, somehow, Campbell returned to practice roughly a week later.

“It was to the point where they were trying to hold him off the field so the stitches would heal,” Ryan told Orr. “He was just itching to get back on the practice field. He’s just a testament to the old-time tough guys.”

Campbell ended up winning the Ed Block Courage that season. Now, just six years removed from his playing career, the 39-year-old is tasked with trying to lead one of the most underachieving teams in football. He has already made some layout changes in the locker room and has vowed to “wake the sleeping giant,” which will be no easy task.

But one thing is for sure — Campbell is going to bring plenty of energy. We can only hope he tries to be a little less tough this time around in the unfortunate event that he should face some sort of life-threatening situation.

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