Winning. That is the culture that Dan Campbell is creating in Detroit. The Detroit Lions have been getting more attention than usual this offseason. Some of it has to do with the “Hard Knocks Effect”, but most of it has to do with one guy. Lion’s head coach Dan Campbell is changing the culture in Detroit. The man defines the word grit. MCDC (Motor City Dan Campbell) isn’t just the coach that the Lion’s have been looking for, he is also the spark of energy that the entire city of Detroit has needed. Take a minute to checkout Dan Campbell’s speech to his team in the locker room below.
"Winning is winning, and it feels good, man."
Dan Campbell's post-victory speech will have you ready to run through a wall. (via @NFLFilms)
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Last season didn’t go to plan for the Lions. They finished with a not so flattering 3-13-1 record. Although, this record can not be stated without talking about the close games that they played. The Lions lost some heartbreaking close games last season. Notably, the Justin Tucker 66 yard kick that seemed to defy physics by bouncing on the field goal post, before toppling through both uprights. A few months later in the season the Lions put an absolute beatdown on the Arizona Cardinals winning 30-12. That game against the Cardinals foreshadowed what’s in store for Dan Campbell’s team.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. This is the Detroit Lions we’re talking about. A few years ago fans were going to games with bags on their heads en route to a winless season. That, was a few years ago. The hiring of Dan Campbell has changed all of that, and he’s not doing it alone. He has also brought on a handful of coaches from around the league. Notably running backs coach Duce Staley and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn. All of these guys make up a solid core of coaches that can work with this young Lions team for years to come, and the goal is to keep improving.
Improving of a 3-13-1 record last season isn’t enough for Lions’ fans. Especially when one considers they went winless on the road last season. Vegas odds have the Lions win total at Over/Under 6 wins for the 2022-23 season. Vegas is also predicting them to come in third place in the NFC North division. Even if the Lions don’t make the playoffs this season, their steady improvement will not go unnoticed. Soon enough, teams will not want to play the Detroit Lions. Sure, the Lions are still missing some key pieces to compete for a championship, but they’re almost there. They have a young star on the defensive side of the ball in Aidan Hutchinson, and an offensive star in wide receiver Jameson Williams. Both of these guys have surreal talent that people are about to see.
The Detroit Lions and Dan Campbell have created the culture, now they need to get the results. The pressure is on from the media of course, but the pressure is on from the fans even more. For a fanbase that hasn’t seen their team win a playoff game since 1992. For a coach that pours his heart and soul into his coaches and players. The time is coming.
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