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“Whenever he stood in front of the team and talked, you’re ready to just storm out of that meeting and punch a guy in the face for no reason.”
That’s how Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater described Lions coach Dan Campbell earlier this week.
You see, you don’t earn the nickname Dantallica for being quiet and mild-mannered. Though there’s no one specific reason why Detroit’s first-year head coach was gifted that moniker, comments like these from acquaintances such as Bridgewater provide context for the term of endearment.
“Dan, he’s awesome,” added Bridgewater.
Here's the video of what @burchie_kid tweeted out earlier: Teddy Bridgewater was asked if he was surprised Dan Campbell got the coaching job with Detroit. Teddy said no & raved about Campbell. He said you would leave a meeting and "want to punch a guy in the face for no reason." pic.twitter.com/yIbQtnFFcO
— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) December 9, 2021
Campbell and Bridgewater were together for two seasons in New Orleans when Campbell was an assistant and Bridgewater was the team’s backup quarterback. They’ll oppose each other this weekend when Denver hosts the Lions.
“His energy is contagious, and I’m pretty sure those players in Detroit love playing for him,” said Bridgewater.
Though Bridgewater lacks a cool nickname and doesn’t necessarily inspire others to throw unprovoked haymakers, Campbell has an equal amount of appreciation for the Denver quarterback.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Teddy Bridgewater because I think he’s a winner in this league. Man, he’ll hurt you in play-action pass. He’s going to be smart with the football… we’ve got our hands full defensively.”
A win on Sunday would bring the Broncos (6-6) one step closer to punching a ticket to the postseason, so long as they can avoid a Campbell-inspired knockout.
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