After Sunday’s massacre at the hand of the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell said he was going to spend the bye week looking at everything, seeing as nothing went right in that game.
“I’ll be crunching the tape,” Campbell said on Monday morning. “I’ll be grinding looking at things, go back and look at these first eight weeks and all three phases, just see if I can find some hidden nuggets, hidden gems, what we can do better.”
During his Tuesday radio appearance on 97.1 The Ticket’s “Stoney & Jansen with Heather show,” Campbell got a little more specific, saying he intends on getting more involved with the offense out of the bye week.
“Certainly I think I can help more with offense,” Campbell said. “I think I need to be a little more just involved in helping with it.”
Later adding, “I think I’m trying to be so involved with everything, that maybe I need to be a little more involved with offense.”
The Lions' offense has severely struggled through the first eight weeks of the season. Right now, the Lions are averaging just 16.8 points per game, good for 29th in the NFL. They haven’t scored over 20 points since Week 1, and they’ve been held scoreless in five different halves of football this season. They rank 28th in yards per pass attempt and 20th in yards per rush attempt.
Campbell wasn’t asked a follow-up on what he’d like to do to help out the offense, whether it is designing plays, creating weekly gameplans, or even taking over play-calling duties. But it seems unlikely he’d step on offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn’s toes too much.
The Lions head coach did make one thing clear, though. Quarterback Jared Goff’s job as starting quarterback is currently safe.
“Yeah, I don’t see a change,” Campbell said. “Look, nothing was perfect about what we did offensively, but I didn’t feel like Goff was the issue. There’s a number of things that came up in that game that, man, he doesn’t have time or we’re not open, or the route depth (was off). Now, he’s got a hand in it like everybody does, but I don’t see a change coming at all.”
At this point, we’re just going to have to wait and see what changes Campbell and his staff are going to make to the offense. Though it appears everything is on the table, including more changing of personnel.
“We’ll go over everything offensively, defensively, special teams to this point. What we’ve done well and haven’t. And then it’ll also be the roster just as far as it pertains to where we see our guys, how we have them ranked, who needs to play more, who needs to play less, who we still need to see, or who we think can give us an opportunity to win.”