Can Dan Campbell Turn it Around?

Dan Campbell

The Detroit Lions are getting ready to play the New York Giants this Sunday in a game not many are expecting Detroit to win. The Giants have been playing absolutely stellar football this year which has gotten them to a 7-2 record behind their first-year coach Brian Daboll. Brian Daboll has spent time all over the league, including a year in Miami as the offensive coordinator, where he hired a young Dan Campbell to his staff.

The two’s paths are meeting once again, this time on opposite sidelines, after both of their paths have gone very different ways. Dan Campbell is seemingly in the hot seat as the Lions are having yet another horrible season. However, the past two weeks have found Detroit wins over division rivals, and a third win this week against a very good Giants team could go a long way in helping Dan Campbell keep his job after this season.

Dan Campbell’s Rough Start in Detroit

Dan Campbell was hired in Detroit to be the head coach going into the 2021 season. There were lots of high hopes for the energetic Dan Campbell, who many believed would change the culture of the locker room. The 2021 Lions were, unfortunately, objectively a horrible team. They finished the season with a 3-13-1 record. The offense was unable to score, ranking 25th in the league in points scored and 22nd in yards. All of this while the defense couldn’t stop anything, ranking 31st in points allowed and 29th in yards allowed.

While Dan Campbell’s 2022 Lions have been able to make some improvement on the offensive side of the ball, the defense is by far the worst in the NFL. The Defense ranks last in the league in points and yards allowed per game so far this year while also having the worst 3rd down conversion rate at 51.38%. And though the offense may look good on paper as they rank 9th in the league in points per game and 6th in the league in yards, they also have had outings where they don’t score many points at all. The Lions have a lot to work on, and improvement needs to be visible by the end of the season if Dan Campbell wants to remain in Detroit.

Lions’ Season Forecast

The Lions got to a quick 1-6 start to the season, and calls for Dan Campbell’s firing started to come to the forefront of the Lions’ fanbase. In classic Dan Campbell fashion, the Lions have lost four of the six by one possession or less, showing that the struggles on defense are truly killing this football team.

The Lions seem to possibly have started to get things turned around as they enter this week on a two-game win streak after beating the Green Bay Packers 15-9 in Week 9 and squeaking out a 31-30 win over the Chicago Bears last week. The end stretch of the schedule is unforgiving as they must play Buffalo, Minnesota, and both New York teams all of whom are having very good seasons. Dan Campbell will need to pick up wins against at least 2 of these teams if has any shot at retaining his job.

 


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