When you had an image of the NFL coaching carousel in your mind over the past few weeks, it’s unlikely that Saints assistant Dan Campbell was high on the list. Nonetheless, NFL Network is reporting that he is the “favorite” to land the head coaching job with the Detroit Lions:
An under-the-radar candidate, Dan Campbell has impressed with his leadership in New Orleans. Now, assuming all goes well with the process, he’ll have a chance to do the same with the #Lions. https://t.co/UMEpZHCC29
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2021
Campbell was the interim head coach of the Miami Dolphins for 12 games in 2015, after Joe Philbin was fired early in the season. The Dolphins went 5-7 in those games, which was better than expected considering they’d started 1-3.
Earlier this week, multiple reports indicated that the Lions were poaching Brad Holmes away from the Rams’ front office, where he was director of college scouting.
This is not intended to be an insult to Campbell or a suggestion that he will be unsuccessful, but I can’t shake the feeling that this news kind of came out of nowhere.