Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell was interviewed on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and a clip of the segment went up yesterday. Besides some reminiscing with Movin’ the Chains host Jim Miller about their time in the league as players, the Lions’ head coach offered some thoughts on the offense.
"I think this (D'Andre) Swift can be pretty special"— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) August 5, 2021
Lions HC Dan Campbell talks about his RB & OL groups when we sat down with him live at @Lions Camp. Plus, a little love for @JimMiller_NFL
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It’s no surprise that he considers the best part of the offense to be the nutritionally-disciplined offensive line, but Campbell reiterated his faith in running backs D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams. He thinks the interaction between the ballcarriers and the blockers up front will be good for the running game, and again we have hints of a Saints-style two back system.
Acknowledging the frequency of injuries in such a physical sport, Campbell likes the variety having both Swift and Williams brings to the ground attack. According to the coach, the staff “likes those guys, we like the change up.” While Swift is a devastating option in the passing game, Williams brings a good deal of power inside.
Highest 'Stuff Rate' among RBs in 2020 (min 100 rushes, out of 47 RBs):— PFF DET Lions (@PFF_Lions) August 6, 2021
1. Adrian Peterson - 12.9%
2. Philip Lindsay - 12.7%
3. Benny Snell Jr. - 11.7%
4. Josh Jacobs - 11.4%
the #Lions will be swapping one of the worst for one of the best from last season#OnePride https://t.co/UQzBzeKqLy
It seems likely there will be heavy usage of both running backs this season. If our fearless leader Jeremy Reisman is right we might even get to see them on the field at the same time for some snaps.
Now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:
- Drew Magary of Defector posted his annual Why Your Team Sucks article for the Detroit Lions (Subscription required). While we can neither confirm nor deny if ZODIAC MF shows up, it is always an entertaining (and sadly accurate) read.
- Yesterday, MLive’s Kyle Meinke wrote that the Lions believe the deep ball is coming back to the offense. Judging by our fearless leader’s live reporting from practice today, they weren’t kidding.
Something tells me—based on today’s practice—the Lions got sick of hearing about the lack of the deep pass.— Jeremy Reisman (@DetroitOnLion) August 6, 2021
- Eric Woodyard at ESPN wrote a feature about new Hall of Fame wide receiver Calvin Johnson’s 329-yard game against the Dallas Cowboys in 2013. Woodyard also posted some audio of quarterback Matthew Stafford remembering Megatron’s performance that day.
- The trees are safe once more:
Former Lions draft pick Anthony Zettel announced his retirement today. (H/t @toddjr2014) https://t.co/d2421NQvhn— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) August 5, 2021
- MLive’s Kyle Meinke found a guy who bet big on the Lions to win the division and then go on to win the Super Bowl in three separate bets.
“It was pretty funny,” Pashak said. “I tried to place the bet, and the cashier — the lady working at the sportsbook — at first refused the bet on the grounds that she didn’t take bets from people who had no shot to win. She thought it was an unwinnable bet.”
- Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo did not rank the Detroit Lions’ wide receiver corps dead last in the league.
- PSA for those attending Family Fest tomorrow:
ICYMI: the sale will take place on the concourse near Section 131, running from approximately 10:00 a.m. through 1:45 p.m. https://t.co/gahHjxfIeF— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 6, 2021