Lions Handling New Coaching Hires Perfectly According to Former Player

Dan Campbell has gotten a lot of heat recently, but this former player loves the Lions' hires lately.
Dan Campbell has gotten a lot of heat recently, but this former player loves the Lions' hires lately. / Chris Trotman/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions have caught a decent amount of flack for their recent coaching hires. Dan Campbell may not have helped himself much in that regard, giving a relatively bizarre introductory press conference.

But by all accounts, the New Orleans Saints players loved Campbell during his time as an assistant with the team. And after hiring the similarly beloved Duce Staley as the team's assistant head coach/RBs coach, Detroit is quietly building a coaching staff that players around the league love, according to former player Chris Long, who notably played under Staley with the Philadelphia Eagles.

In addition to Staley, Campbell brought in Anthony Lynn as the Lions' new offensive coordinator. While Lynn made his fair share of mistakes as the Los Angeles Chargers' head coach, the organization and players always seemed to respect and fight for Lynn during his time with the team. And he seemed like a guy you'd want to run through a wall for during his time on HBO's Hard Knocks.

Lynn also brings some much-needed experience to Campbell's staff, as this will be Campbell's first time serving as a full-time HC, though he was an interim head coach with the Miami Dolphins in 2015.

Hiring coaches players seem to love also represents a significant change from the Matt Patricia regime in Detroit. Remember, when Patricia was let go, plenty of Lions' players took to Twitter to celebrate his firing.

Bringing in a host of player-friendly coaches is a good way to change the culture in Detroit after the Patricia era, and it seems like the Lions' brass is doing just that.

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