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Notes: Analyst believes Dan Campbell’s emotions could cost Lions in playoffs

NFL.com’s Adam Shein thinks some emotional coaching may be an issue in the home stretch.

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In one NFL analysts’ assessment of which teams are most likely to win Super Bowl LVIII, the Brand New Lions didn’t crack the top five.

NFL.com’s Adam Schein ranked the Lions as the seventh-most likely team to hoist the Lombardi Trophy next month, citing some coaching concerns.

“I dig this Lions team. It’s an upstart group that has potential to do serious damage — not only in the remainder of this season, but for years to come. And unlike all those ‘Same Old Lions’ outfits that have disappointed Detroit for decades upon decades, this group has a serious swagger, most prominently in a Ben Johnson-coached offense that’s top five for the second straight season,” he writes.

If there’s one thing to know about Dan Campbell, it’s his passion for both his players and the game of football in general. Actually, I’m sure it applies to nearly anything in his life. He first won over Lions fans with an introductory press conference years ago in which he expressed genuine regard for the city and how much we deserve a good team. Then he won football fans worldwide with his charming, silly, yet intense demeanor on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” But Schein thinks the passion that so many admire in Campbell may end up his postseason Achilles heel.

“I generally love the bold, tone-setting attitude that Campbell brings,” he writes. “But the man also has a knack for irresponsible decision-making in the heat of the game. At times, it seems like he lets his emotions get the best of him. And in a win-or-go-home setting, that scares me.”

Like many of us, Schein said he still can’t believe the Lions’ two-point conversion against the Cowboys last Saturday did not count, but Campbell’s actions afterwards are perhaps an example of his emotions taking the wheel.

“Having said that, Dan Campbell continuing to go for two amid all that flag-soaked chaos was insane. Take a deep breath, kick the extra point and hit overtime with momentum,” he said.

You can read the full article and see which teams the analyst thinks have a better chance to win the Super Bowl here.

And onto the rest of your notes.

  • As you likely know by now, five Lions made the 2024 Pro Bowl this year. A hype video to get you even more pumped about it:

  • “The 2021 fourth-round pick owns the ability to create space, plus the vise-grip hands to catch everything zipped his way. St. Brown is the complete package.” The Sun God ranked sixth on Kevin Patra’s list of worst Pro Bowl snubs over on NFL.com. Jared Goff also received an honorable mention.

  • A little more on the Pro Bowl — making the roster means more $$ for a few Lions. A to Z Sports’ Mike Payton has that story.

  • “The Lions lost a tough one last week at Dallas, but back home they will get right for the playoffs with an impressive showing here against a Vikings team with a mess at quarterback.” CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco thinks the Lions end the regular season on a high note against Minnesota. So does CBS Sports’ John Breech.

  • Another in-case-you-haven’t-see-it: Kelly Stafford said on her podcast that former Lions QB Matthew Stafford had a big reaction to the controversial call in the Cowboys game, as someone very familiar with unfair calls.

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