11:13 PM EST, Sun January 17, 2021
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Dan Campbell available for Lions to hire as Saints eliminated from playoffs

Dan Campbell available for Lions to hire as Saints eliminated from playoffs

It’s time. The New Orleans Saints were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday night after losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Normally, that would mean very little for the Detroit Lions, but this year, it’s big news. With the Saints’ season now over, assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell is now free to pursue any other job opportunities. And every single sign points to Campbell being the Detroit Lions’ next head coach. On Sunday morning, Ian Rapoport said Detroit was expected to hire him as soon as the team is...
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Sunday Divisional Playoff open thread

Sunday Divisional Playoff open thread

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via The divisional round concludes with some exciting games. Saturday’s round of the NFL divisional playoffs was a bit of a let down. The Packers took control of their game quite early, and the Rams never really threated them. The Ravens, meanwhile, were spinning their tires against the Bills defense, and once Lamar Jackson exited the game, it was practically over. Here’s hoping today’s slate of games fares better. First up will be the Browns and Chiefs. Cleveland is coming off a win over their division rival Steelers, thanks...
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Dan Campbell explains leadership style, flexibility as coach

Dan Campbell explains leadership style, flexibility as coach

Photo by Rich Schultz / Campbell said some interesting things on a podcast back in June. While we wait for things to become official, it certainly does seem like New Orleans Saints’ current assistant coach/linebackers coach Dan Campbell will eventually become the Detroit Lions’ next head coach. And so begins the mad scramble for information on the guy. As Campbell has never been a coordinator, it’s not easy to know exactly what he’ll bring to Detroit schematically. But what has become abundantly clear is his inspirational ability as a leader. Anywhere you look...
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Report: Detroit Lions expected to hire Dan Campbell as next head coach

Report: Detroit Lions expected to hire Dan Campbell as next head coach

Photo by Chris Trotman/ It looks like Campbell is their man. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, current Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell will be the Detroit Lions’ head coach. “Today, you are going to see the next head coach of the Detroit Lions on the Saints staff” Rapoport said on Sunday morning. “Dan Campbell, the assistant head coach and tight ends coach of the New Orleans Saints, is expected to be the next coach of the Lions—a decision they made late this week.” Rapoport notes, obviously, that this can’t be official...
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2021 NFL playoff schedule: How to watch the Divisional Round on Sunday

2021 NFL playoff schedule: How to watch the Divisional Round on Sunday

Photo by Jason Miller/ Browns vs. Chiefs. Buccaneers vs. Saints. Here’s how to catch Sunday’s games. The first half of games for the Divisional Round of the 2021 NFL playoffs turned out to be a dude. The favorites—the Packers and Bills—both won comfortably, sending the Rams and Ravens, respectably, packing. It was obviously a disappointing set of games to watch from a fan perspective, but let’s hope Sunday can draw some more competitive matchups. I’m not so sure we’ll get that out of the first game. The Kansas City Chiefs host the Cleveland Browns in the...
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POLL: Who are you rooting for to win the Super Bowl?

POLL: Who are you rooting for to win the Super Bowl?

Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/ Anyone but the Packers, please. We’re now just a few weeks away from Super Bowl Sunday with six teams remaining in the NFL Playoffs. Two more teams will be sent packing after the day is over and the Conference Championship games will be set. So far, the matchups have been fairly tame and uneventful, but that doesn’t mean we won’t get some exciting games the rest of the way. The Bills, after shutting down the Ravens offense, are on their way to their first AFC Championship game since the 1993 season. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers looked...
Jan 16, 2021
Saturday Divisional Playoff open thread

Saturday Divisional Playoff open thread

Photo by Brett Carlsen/ It’s time for more playoff football! After an exciting weekend of Wild Card action, the NFL resumes its Super Bowl journey with the kickoff of the divisional round. Only one team per conference got a bye this season, and we will get to witness one of those rested teams today. The Green Bay Packers managed to secure the top seed in the NFC thanks to a dominate late season run of six-straight wins. Not only did Green Bay score over 30 points in five of those games, but their defense allowed under 20 points in four of them. The Packers are...
Jan 16, 2021
NFL playoff picks: Expert predictions for 2021 Divisional Round

NFL playoff picks: Expert predictions for 2021 Divisional Round

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Picks, picks against the spread and over/unders. All in one place. And then there were eight. The expanded 2021 NFL playoffs have reached the point we’re all accustomed to. Despite last week’s SUPER Wild Card weekend, we are back to our normal eight-team field for the divisional round. Between the Rams, Packers, Ravens, Bills, Saints, Buccaneers, Chiefs and Browns, one of those teams will be walking away from the season with the Lombardi Trophy. And while there certainly are some favorites among this group, it does feel...
Jan 16, 2021
Notes: Brad Holmes’ draft efficiency could do wonders for Lions’ inconsistency

Notes: Brad Holmes’ draft efficiency could do wonders for Lions’ inconsistency

Photo by Chris Trotman/ New GM Brad Holmes comes from a club that drafted (sorta) great even late. It is going to take some time for the Detroit Lions fanbase to get to know newly-hired general manager Brad Holmes, and our fearless leader Jeremy Reisman has been on the hunt for as much information as possible. Here’s a really interesting find by our managing editor while looking at a draft efficiency table from Football Outsiders: The Rams' drafting efficiency pretty clearly turned around once they made Brad Holmes their director of college scouting in 2013.(h/t...
Jan 16, 2021
2021 NFL playoff schedule: How to watch Saturday’s divisional round

2021 NFL playoff schedule: How to watch Saturday’s divisional round

Photo by Joe Robbins/ Nothing like playoff football. The divisional round of the 2021 NFL playoffs is here, and we’ve got a couple of fantastic matchups to kick the weekend off. First, the soaring Los Angeles Rams will head to Green Bay for the Packers’ first game this postseason. The Rams are coming off a dominant performance over their division-rival Seahawks, earning themselves a pretty comfortable stroll into the second round. They are still dealing with a couple of serious injuries—including Jared Goff who played in relief last week, despite having surgery...
Jan 16, 2021
Open thread: If the Detroit Lions hire Dan Campbell, I will...

Open thread: If the Detroit Lions hire Dan Campbell, I will...

Photo by Chris Trotman/ How will you react if the Lions hire Dan Campbell? We may be nearing the end of the Detroit Lions’ two critical hires this offseason. With former Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes already hired as the team’s general manager, Detroit is narrowing their search at head coach. Friday was a big day. They ended up having two interviews cancelled—a second interview with Arthur Smith and a virtual interview with Todd Bowles. Smith ended up taking the job in Atlanta, while reports suggested both Bowles and the Lions came to the...
Jan 15, 2021
Video: GM Brad Holmes addresses Lions fans for first time

Video: GM Brad Holmes addresses Lions fans for first time

G. Newman Lowrance/St. Louis Ram Holmes went to the Lions Instagram account to stir up some excitement. The Detroit Lions officially hired Brad Holmes as their next general manager on Thursday night. But since then, it’s been fairly quiet in Allen Park. There has been no introductory press conference introducing Holmes to the media, nor anything out of owner Sheila Ford Hamp or team president Rod Wood outside of brief written statements. However, on Friday afternoon, Holmes finally spoke, offering a quick message via the Lions’ official Instagram account: “Lions...
Jan 15, 2021
Report: Dan Campbell is the ‘favorite’ to be next Lions head coach

Report: Dan Campbell is the ‘favorite’ to be next Lions head coach

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports All things are trending towards Campbell being the guy. The Detroit Lions may have their new head coach less than 24 hours after deciding on Brad Holmes as their next general manager. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell has emerged as the “favorite” for the Lions job. Campbell cannot have a follow-up interview with the Lions until the Saints have been eliminated from the playoffs, so nothing is official yet, but given Rapoport’s wording, it does seem that he may...
Jan 15, 2021
Ranking the Lions’ best remaining head coach options

Ranking the Lions’ best remaining head coach options

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The list has narrowed. Here’s our priority list. Now that the Detroit Lions general manager search has come to its conclusion, all focus turns to the team’s head coaching search. With options narrowing after Robert Saleh has found a new home in New Jersey, things should heat up quickly. That being said, the Lions’ candidate list is looking pretty small. With all signs pointing to Arthur Smith landing in Atlanta (or Philly), that leaves the following coaches on Detroit’s short-list of people interviewed: interim head coach Darrell...
Jan 15, 2021
The Detroit Lions should part ways with Kenny Golladay

The Detroit Lions should part ways with Kenny Golladay

Photo by James Gilbert/ The Lions should move on from Kenny G The title of this article are words I never thought I’d type. The Lions have been a really bad team for a while. So when there’s bright spots to watch like Kenny Golladay, there tends to be some emotional attachment to a player. I’m sure there will be some Lions fans that are very strongly against this idea. I completely understand. Still, as the days go by, it seems the right thing to do is let Kenny Golladay walk. He will be one of the big free agents this offseason regardless of the injuries that...