The Detroit Lions made a very surprising cut earlier this week while attempting to get their roster to 95, releasing longtime veteran long-snapper Don Muhlbach – and on his 40th birthday no less. Today, Lions head coach Dan Campbell addressed what he did.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Campbell admitted that it was a rough situation. But he took responsibility for what he did, admitting that he’s “an asshole.”
“I’m an asshole. That’s the best way to put it…” Campbell said. “It stinks.”
Muhlbach has played for the Detroit Lions since 2004, missing just 12 games in 17 seasons. His 260 games played in Detroit are the second-most in franchise history.
Dan Campbell on cutting Don Muhlbach on his 40th birthday: "I'm an asshole. That's the best way to put it. … It stinks."
— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) August 19, 2021
Don Muhlbach signed for the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M in 2004. He outlasted five different head coaches and endured the Lions’ infamous 0-16 season in 2008.
Over the course of his career, Muhlbach would make the snap for 20 game-winning fields and extra points.
Muhlbach also made Lions history after the 2019 season by becoming the first player in franchise history to play every game of a single decade, playing all 160 games between 2010 and 2019.
Dan Campbell has built up a lot of good will in Detroit since taking over as head coach and bringing new energy to the struggling franchise. Hopefully this move doesn’t grind that momentum to a halt before he gets a chance to coach a game.