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Dan Campbell Reveals Hilarious Reason for Filling Lions Staff With Former Players

Isaiah De Los Santos
New Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell has a hilarious reason for having so many former players on his staff.
New Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell has a hilarious reason for having so many former players on his staff. / Todd Warshaw/Getty Images
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Dan Campbell is already proving to be one of the NFL's best quotes in his early days as the Detroit Lions' new head coach. It's clear Campbell wants to bring back a hard-nosed attitude to Detroit, and that's not surprising given he was an NFL tight end during the early 2000s.

Campbell also has a decent amount of ex-players on his coaching staff, and he recently revealed his hilarious thinking behind that strategy on the Pat McAfee Show.

As Campbell explains, the COVID-19 pandemic may have played a part in his hires. By having former players on his coaching staff, if the team suffers any losses due to the virus, he won't have to go far to find suitable replacements. It's a hilarious line of thinking, although not too far fetched considering how COVID impacted rosters during the 2020 season.

The Lions' new offensive coordinator (Anthony Lynn) and defensive coordinator (Aaron Glenn) are both ex-players, along with Duce Staley, Mark Brunell and a few others. It's quite a staff with decades of NFL playing experience, and it could help Detroit as they build this roster from the ground up.

That experience will surely come in handy when the team makes its decision on who to draft with the No. 7 overall pick in April.



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