The Detroit Lions made the hiring of Dan Campbell official on Wednesday afternoon. Per reports, Campbell agreed to a six-year deal to become the Lions next head coach, which is notably a year longer than the deal the Lions new general manager Brad Holmes, who was officially hired last week.
As part of the team’s announcement of the hiring, the Detroit Lions offered official statements from their front office.
First up is team owner Sheila Ford Hamp:
“This is an exciting day for our organization as we introduce Dan Campbell as the new head coach of the Detroit Lions. With more than 20 years of experience as both a coach and player in the National Football League, Dan knows the rigors of professional football and what it takes to be successful. He will help promote the culture we want to establish across our organization, while also bringing with him high energy, a respect for the game and an identity with which everyone can align themselves.”
And Lions president Rod Wood:
“Dan’s passion for this opportunity was evident throughout our interview process. When we began the search for a head coach, it was imperative that we find the right leader who values our commitment to building a winning culture based on organizational alignment and collaboration. The leadership Dan has exemplified throughout his football career has prepared him for this next step, and we are excited to support him as our new head coach.”
Obviously, “leadership” and “culture” are the buzzwords here, as Campbell returns to Detroit with a solid reputation as a motivator.
At the moment, no introductory press conference has been scheduled.