Detroit Lions can hire Dan Campbell as head coach after New Orleans Saints loss

The Detroit Lions are totally free to employ their favored option for head coach.

The New Orleans Saints lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC divisional championship game Sunday, 37-20, ending assistant head coach Dan Campbell’s season.

The Lions have actually zeroed in on Campbell as their next head coach, and can now bring him to town for a 2nd interview today.

Lions president Rod Wood has actually stated he would not work with a brand-new head coach or GM till conference that prospect face to face, and NFL guidelines restrict groups from working with coaches till their seasons are done.

New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight end coach Dan Campbell during pregame of a playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Jan. 13, 2019.
New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight end coach Dan Campbell throughout pregame of a championship game versus the Philadelphia Eagles at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Jan. 13, 2019.

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The Lions worked with Brad Holmes as basic supervisor on Thursday. Holmes was the only GM prospect to come in for a 2nd interview, and the group provided him the job at the end of his interview.

Campbell, a previous NFL tight end who bet the Lions in 2006-08, remains in his 5th season with the Saints after beginning his training profession in 2010 with the Miami Dolphins.

He coached tight ends for the majority of his period in Miami, and went 5-7 as interim head coach after Joe Philbin was fired in 2015.

Jake Stoneburner, a previous Dolphins tight end, stated Campbell was a master incentive and terrific instructor who ought to stand out as a head coach.

“He’s not going to bring some protective expert understanding to the table,” Stoneburner said. “He’s quite wise offensively. Yeah, he just played tight end, however he’s remained in the NFL a long time to be able to understand what’s going on, be respectable on the offending side. However often groups simply require a leader, and individuals to wish to win for. I believe that’s goes a (long method) in the NFL, wishing to win for a coach. That gets a group going, I believe.”

Campbell is expected to hire playcallers on both sides of the ball, and he could bring at least one Saints assistant with him on defense.

New Orleans assistants Ryan Nielsen and Aaron Glenn are among the leading candidates to be the next Lions defensive coordinator, along with ex-Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Kris Richard.

Trinity University strength coach Mike Clark also is expected to take a similar job with the Lions.

Clark was Campbell’s strength coach at Texas A&M and spent 13 seasons in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears and Washington.

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The Lions interviewed five other candidates for the job, and two already have accepted other head coaching positions: Arthur Smith was introduced as the Atlanta Falcons new head coach last week, and Robert Saleh was hired by the New York Jets.

Interim Lions head coach Darrell Bevell, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and ex-Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis also interviewed for the job.

None have been contacted about a second interview.

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions can hire Dan Campbell as head coach after Saints loss

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