For the past two months, we’ve been offering weekly profiles of Detroit Lions candidates for the general manager and head coach jobs on our podcast. We’ve talked about Marvin Lewis to Rick Smith to Brian Daboll But now that the Lions have finally made their choices at both positions, we no longer have to talk about the candidates. We can talk about the actual guys.
Lions head coach Dan Campbell will speak to the media for the first time at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, but we wanted to get to know him better beforehand. So we talked to Palm Beach Post’s Hal Habib, who has been on Dolphins beat for decades.
He was there when Dan Campbell took over as interim head coach in 2015, and he even penned a few articles on why he believed Campbell should have gotten the full-time job in 2016. On Wednesday, he also wrote a column calling Campbell “the one who got away.”
So we asked him why he believes Campbell could be a great head coach, how he transformed the Dolphins almost immediately into a competitive team, and how he toes the line between being intense, but also knowing when to take the foot off the gas.
This is part one in our series of podcasts, as we track Campbell’s coaching career, and what led him to where he is today.