With Saints Eliminated, Lions Seem Prepared To Hire Dan Campbell As New Head Coach

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Coaching vacancies around the NFL are quickly filling up, and it looks like after the Chargers hired Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley Sunday night, the Lions are next up on the list to make a head coaching hire.

Dan Campbell, assistant coach of the Saints, is now the front runner for the Motown job. He’s now free to go anywhere he wants after New Orleans fell at home in the NFC Divisional round Sunday evening.

Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the team was expected to hire Campbell after the Saints were eliminated, and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported the news as well.

Campbell’s resume includes 21 years of NFL experience, 11 on the field with four teams, and another 10 now as a coach.

His playing days included time with the New York Giants (1999-2002), Dallas Cowboys (2003-05), Detroit Lions (2006-08) and New Orleans Saints (2009).

He also has some interim head coaching experience. He served as the Miami Dolphins interim head coach for the final 12 contests in 2015, going 5-7.

The Lions house cleaning this season included brooming GM Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia. The GM role has since been filled with the hiring of Brad Holmes on a five-year contract last week.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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