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Notes: Dan Campbell is as authentic as they come

What you see is what you get.

NFL: AUG 10 Detriot Lions Training Camp Photo by Allan Dranberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Kevin Clark at The Ringer wrote an extended profile on Dan Campbell that highlights the unvarnished and direct approach the Lions’ head coach takes to pretty much everything. The article reflects a ton of work, with input from folks who have known Campbell throughout his football career. There are stories from teammates and colleagues from former stops like Texas A&M teammate Dat Nguyen and former Miami Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum, but also a lot from the man himself.

There’s a fantastic tale about former Giants tight end Howard Cross from Campbell’s time as a rookie player in the NFL. Further down in the article, the Lions head coach offers some thoughts on what he learned from mentors like Bill Parcells and Sean Payton. As Lions fans watching the team and media sessions over the last few months, much of this feels familiar and pretty much what we expect to read and hear. But every so often there’s an unexpected gem, like the quick anecdote from a teammate about the time he saw Campbell wrestle a calf to the ground at the family ranch.

While the head coach’s blunt delivery sometimes draws zany headlines and eyerolls from the national media, it’s clear the atmosphere in Detroit has changed for the better. From the front office to the players, the response to Campbell’s style is consistently positive and engaged.

If you have the chance, head on over and read about Detroit’s own “bizarro-world, jacked Ted Lasso.” It’s a fantastic inside look at what the players are talking about when they say this coaching staff is loaded with great communicators. It’s an organizational priority and philosophy that starts at the top with the head coach.

Now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:

  • ESPN’s Matthew Berry believes the passing offense in Detroit this season will go through T.J. Hockenson:

  • The Lions are second in the league in dead cap right now according to Spotrac: