Lions officially hire Dan Campbell as their head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Detroit Lions have found their replacement for Matt Patricia. Dan Campbell has been hired by the team.

He has received a six-year deal from the team. This will be his first full-time head coaching position.

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The Lions had three head coaches in 2020. Patricia began the season. Then, Darren Bevell took over on an interim basis after Thanksgiving.

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Bevell went 1-4 as interim head coach. Due to coronavirus contract tracing, Ron Prince served as the interim head coach in a loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“This is an exciting day for our organization as we introduce Dan Campbell as the new head coach of the Detroit Lions,” Lions principal owner and chairman Sheila Ford Hamp said. “With more than 20 years of experience as both a coach and player in the National Football League, Dan knows the rigors of professional football and what it takes to be successful. He will help promote the culture we want to establish across our organization, while also bringing with him high energy, a respect for the game, and identity with which everyone can align themselves.”

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Campbell takes over a rebuilding process in Detroit. He’ll try to change the culture of the team and bring toughness to the organization.

Before coming to the Lions, Campbell worked for the New Orleans Saints since the 2016 season. He was their assistant head coach and tight ends coach.

He was previously the Miami Dolphins interim head coach in 2015. He went 5-7 after Joe Philbin had been fired by the team.

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As a coach, he has been employed by the Dolphins, Saints, and Lions since the 2010 season. As a player, he played from 1999 through 2009 with the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Lions, and the Saints.

“Dan’s passion for this opportunity was evident throughout our interview process,” Lions President and CEO Rod Wood said. “When we began the search for a head coach, it was imperative that we find the right leader who values our commitment to building a winning culture based on organizational alignment and collaboration. The leadership Dan has exemplified throughout his football career has prepared him for this next step, and we are excited to support him as our new head coach.”

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