The Lions are one of five NFL teams still seeking a new head coach as the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Urban Mayer and the New York Jets over Robert Saleh.
according to this NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, A former New York Giants tight end, is the prime contender in Detroit.
#Saints Assistant head coach / TEs coach Dan Campbell has emerged as the favorite to be new #Lions Head coach, thread me and @TomPelissero. The interview of any person cannot be conducted until their season is over, so it remains on hold until officially.
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Pro Football Talk reported Campbell interviewed the Lions on Monday.
Campbell has been with the Saints since 2016. Prior to that, he was the Dolphins’ tight-headed coach from 2011-2015, spending the last 12 matches of the 2015 season as Miami’s interim head coach. The Dolphins were 5-7 under Campbell. Campbell spent three seasons with the Lions as a player from 2006–2008.
Campbell’s NFL career began in 1999 with the Giants, as No. 3 New York third-round draft pick. He played four seasons for the Giants, before moving on to the Dallas Cowboys and eventually the Lions. His career totals included 91 receptions for 934 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In Detroit, Campbell will replace Matt Patricia, who fired the Lions in a two-plus season in November after going 13-29-1. Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell finished as the interim head coach of the 2020 season, going 1–4 in the final 4 matches.
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