Since he took over the Detroit Lions this spring, new head coach Dan Campbell has shown that he has no problem speaking his mind. A comment that he made about the team’s roster earlier this week shows that he has no plans to change his unique communication style anytime soon.
When speaking about the Lions current roster, Campbell complimented the job that the previous front office and coaching staff did in bringing in hard-working, tough players. He added to that sentiment by saying that there were “no turds” on his current team.
“I think we’re fortunate because I do believe we have some talented players on this team that have grit, and that’s a good thing, you know?” Campbell said, via Kyle Meinke of Mlive.com. “I said this when I walked in — there’s a number of guys that were here, and I think [Matt] Patricia and [Bob] Quinn did a great job of, there’s no turds here. There’s no bad guys. These guys work now. We don’t have lazy [guys]. We don’t have those [lazy] guys, and that’s a good thing.
“That’s not always the case when it hasn’t been a successful program. Usually that’s not the case. [But] these guys work, and they are. They’re pretty tough-minded. It’s just a matter of, ‘Hey, this is how you got to win. This is what it takes to win. This is what it takes to be a winner. This is what it looks like.’ That’s all it is. Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. That’s all.”
Dan Campbell says Lions have "no turds" on the roster. https://t.co/PRSYq5PohH
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 10, 2021
Needless to say, NFL fans had a field day with Campbell’s quote. After his introductory press conference, where he said that his players would bite the kneecaps off of their opponents, the rest of the league has come to expect some hilarious comments to come out of the Lions media sessions.
Campbell seems to think he has all the right pieces in place to improve upon Detroit’s last-place finish in the NFC North last season. However, many analysts still believe that the Lions will be among the NFL’s worst teams this fall.
If Campbell can continue to instill toughness in his players for the next month, it’s possible that Detroit could be in for a significant improvement come September.