Dan Campbell and the Detroit Lions just accomplished an awesome feat.
After being eliminated from playoff contention earlier today, they just beat the Green Bay Packers to also prevent them from making the postseason.
One thing was clear from Campbell. He was not going to back down against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. He was very aggressive in pivotal moments.
That relates back to the New Orleans Saints – interestingly enough.
Campbell coached under former Saints head coach Sean Payton for years.
He learned that Payton was aggressive in the biggest moments of game because he believed in his team. He knew his talent could win out.
Clearly, Campbell felt that tonight as well. Campbell has always showed plenty of emotion on and off the field, but the Saints’ impact in him and his philosophy is clear.
#Lions HC Dan Campbell: "I don't want to hear that anymore, Same Old Lions. ….I wanted to be a part of building a new brand. We need to get into the dance. That's the next step. We've improved. And next year we'll be better." pic.twitter.com/vPxSyk6oOY— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 9, 2023
He isn’t going to back down in the important moments in the game, and both sides of the ball for the Lions are committed to making him look smart.
On defense, Detroit blitzed Aaron Rodgers which led to an interception. On offense, on their final drive, his offensive coordinator called a hook and ladder screen in order to pick up a chunk play.
That lead to an easy conversion to seal away the game versus the Packers.
This is exact kind of game that Bill Parcells and Sean Payton lived for — On the road, against the odds, counted out. And Dan Campbell is carrying on their tradition in Detroit. Lions fans have to be psyched about their future.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) January 9, 2023
It looked like a play the Sean Payton would have called for the Saints during his tenure.
There is no doubt that Campbell has something special brewing with the Lions. It is exciting to see what he and his staff are building after their time with the Saints.