The Detroit Lions have officially hired Dan Campbell as their next head coach. The ex-Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach has been signed to a reported six-year deal with his new team.
The NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported the news was made official on Tuesday morning via Twitter.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 20, 2021
Campbell played for 10 years in the NFL as a tight end, winning the Super Bowl with the Saints during his last year in the league. His coaching career, beginning in 2010, includes three different positions with the Miami Dolphins, including interim head coach after Joe Philbin was let go in 2015.
He held the assistant coach and tight ends coach role in New Orleans from 2016 until the team’s season ended in the divisional round last Sunday. Campbell was widely rumored to have the Lions’ head coaching position wrapped up, but it would not be announced until the Saints were officially eliminated from the playoffs.
The Lions have a lot of questions to answer, including what to do with quarterback Matt Stafford. Campbell will be responsible for what will likely be another soft rebuild in Detroit.
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