Dan Campbell officially named head coach of the Detroit Lions
It had been rumored for days, but the Detroit Lions have officially hired Saints' Assistant Head Coach and Tight Ends Coach Dan Campbell as the franchise's next head coach. Campbell becomes the fifth head coaching hire in the NFL this offseason.
A former player, Campbell spent 10 years in the league as a tight end for the Giants, Cowboys, and Lions. After retiring following the 2009 season, he joined the Miami Dolphins as a coaching intern. He was promoted to tight ends coach the next season and was named interim head coach when Joe Philbin was fired in 2015. Campbell went 5-7 in 12 games with the Dolphins.
Campbell joined the Saints in 2016 and is often praised for his leadership abilities. He is well thought of throughout the league, despite not having any coordinator experience. Because of that, his fate as a head coach will likely be judged and determined by the staff he assembles.
The deal is for six years--one year longer than the one new GM Brad Holmes was given.