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Notes: Former NFL GM praises Dan Campbell’s ‘remarkable’ leadership

A former NFL GM who knows Campbell well believes the Detroit Lions have the kind of leader that will command a room.

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One quick glance at the Detroit Lions’ post-game celebration following their dramatic win over the Minnesota Vikings, and you’ll see just how much players respect head coach Dan Campbell. The locker room went absolutely nuts when veteran Michael Brockers awarded him the game ball.

But just in case you weren’t convinced of Campbell’s leadership yet—and I’m not sure any can realistically question his leadership abilities—a former NFL executive penned a nice article praising Campbell’s ability to lead.

Mike Tannenbaum, the former general manager for the Jets, knows Campbell well. In 2015, when Campbell was named interim head coach for the Dolphins, Tennenbaum served as Miami’s executive vice president of football operations. This week, he wrote about Campbell for The 33rd Team and remarked upon the leadership qualities he saw back in 2015.

“During that time, one thing was abundantly true — Campbell had a rare and innate ability to lead,” Tannenbaum wrote. “It came from his ability to be relatable to those with disparate backgrounds and hold people accountable in a motivational way. He has an amazing ability to be demanding in a friendly way.”

Tannenbaum notes that the toughest time to keep a team motivated is when the wins aren’t coming and it’s getting late in the season. So to see Campbell pull out a victory this week—and have the team competitive in just about every other game this year—speaks to his ability to motivate.

“The ability to compete each week proves that the message of Campbell resonates with the players and gives the Detroit front office a reason to be hopeful long term. We do not know how it will play out on the field, but it can not be denied that the players respect and believe in their Head Coach.”

You can read the entire article here.

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