JUST IN: Lions’ Dan Campbell reflects on passionate…

Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell is still waiting until his January 2021 introductory press conference.”I don’t regret anything I said,” he told NBC Sports’ Peter King shortly after Detroit’s 24-23 playoff victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. “I said it because I had to. I thought. I believe in who we are. I know this is a little off the wall and I don’t care. But I believed. This area represents something unique and special.

“This team has been around for over 30 years, so it’s time for a change.”Almost three years ago, Campbell said in his first press conference as manager that his Lions would “build on him and bite you”. “You knock us down and we laugh, you knock us down and we wake up, and when we wake up we bite our kneecap,” he said at the time. wake up It takes two more hits to take us down. When you get up, we’ll take your other kneecap.Under Campbell, the 2022 Lions went 8-2 since Halloween before the 2023 club won the NFC North division title with a 12-5 record. On Sunday night, Detroit earned its first playoff win since January 1992.”You can’t do that in Dallas,” Campbell said when speaking with King. “It was made in Dallas. You can’t do that in Pittsburgh.

They won and won a lot. It took a long time here. I just thought, ‘We can do it here and make it special and we will.’The Lions now know they will host the winner of Monday night’s game between the fourth-ranked Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the fifth-ranked Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday. Campbell sent a message to passionate Detroit fans about what happened and what could happen at Ford Field on the second Sunday in January, in a text shared by Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.

“I’m proud of the coaching staff and the players for giving Detroit a win at home,” Campbell told Brere. “Our fans took it to the next level and helped us win! To the fans who believed: you deserved it! To the doubters: Get off the train: it’s too late!”As of Monday afternoon, DraftKings Sportsbook had the Lions fifth among betting favorites at 950 odds to win Super Bowl LVIII next month. Campbell probably likes that Detroit has some time left after Sunday’s results.

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