Todd Bowles: Lions canceled head-coaching interview, wanted to hire Dan Campbell

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The Lions scheduled an interview with with Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to be their next head coach, but they canceled it without ever interviewing him. Bowles said today that he thinks the Lions were eager to hire Dan Campbell as their next head coach and didn’t want to wait for Bowles, who wouldn’t be able to be hired officially until after the Super Bowl.

“They canceled the interview,” Bowles said. “I never got to interview. I think they didn’t feel like waiting. They had their mind made up.”

Bowles said he has no hard feelings about the Lions hiring Campbell, who played for the Cowboys in 2005 when Bowles was an assistant coach in Dallas, and then was on the same staff with Bowles in Miami.

“Dan is a great coach and a great person,” Bowles said.

Bowles also said he thinks he got a fair shot during his four years as head coach of the Jets and doesn’t think he’s owed another shot. But he’d like that chance if it arrives, even if helping his team get to the Super Bowl actually makes it harder for him to become a head coach again.

29 responses to “Todd Bowles: Lions canceled head-coaching interview, wanted to hire Dan Campbell

  1. Apparently the Lions were already enamored with the idea punching people and biting off kneecaps.

  2. If I’m Bowles, I’m glad they saved me the time and effort to interview for a job I was not going to receive. He can smile knowing he’s in the Super Bowl and the Lions can only dream of being in his current position.

  3. They found a guy who they felt was a better fit. Let’s not make it something it wasn’t

  4. msc4realeagles says:
    February 1, 2021 at 11:57 am

    If I’m Bowles, I’m glad they saved me the time and effort to interview for a job I was not going to receive. He can smile knowing he’s in the Super Bowl and the Lions can only dream of being in his current position.
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    I agree except that I would move Lions “dream of Super Bowl” into the delusion/hallucination category from dream !! Perpetual incompetent train wreck almost certainly to continue with Campbell !!

  5. We’ve seen what Todd Bowles is capable of as a head Coach

    We’ve seen what Leslie Frasier is capable of as a head Coach

    We’ve seen what Steve spagnolo is capable of as a head Coach

    We’ve seen what Romeo crenal, Anthony Lynn, Mike petite, etc are capable of as head Coach’s and none of them elicit excitement or wins

    NFL loves to run out retreads

  6. “They canceled the interview,” Bowles said. “I never got to interview. I think they didn’t feel like waiting. They had their mind made up.”

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    There is a prime example of the number one problem with this process. Some of the best candidates are going to be working right up until the last couple of weeks in Conference Championships and the Super Bowl. NFL needs to do the right thing and freeze all major coaching and front office hires until a few days after the Super Bowl. Just like last year, here we are with a week to go until the SB and all the open positions have been filled.

  7. Coach this, coach that. If you don’t have a top flight QB, you ain’t going nowhere, no matter who you are. Look at the playoff QBs and look what happened to BB.

  8. This happens every year with potential hires of one or two teams with both front office and coaching candidates. Time will tell whether it was the right decision or not but let’s not create an issue where there isn’t one.

  9. Bowles is simply experiencing what regular, everyday folk in the job market experience. I work in the recruitment industry, and more often then not, a candidate’s availability is a major determining factor on whether or not he/she gets hired, or even interviewed.

  10. If the Lions wanted Campbell that bad, then Bowles is lucky he never interviewed with them.

  11. bringbackdayswithoutanarrest says:
    February 1, 2021 at 12:20 pm
    We’ve seen what Todd Bowles is capable of as a head Coach

    We’ve seen what Leslie Frasier is capable of as a head Coach

    We’ve seen what Steve spagnolo is capable of as a head Coach

    We’ve seen what Romeo crenal, Anthony Lynn, Mike petite, etc are capable of as head Coach’s and none of them elicit excitement or wins

    NFL loves to run out retreads
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    Retreads have excellent recent history of winning in the NFL. Ready for this list of retreads? Here we go…

    Belichick, Reid, Carroll, Coughlin, and Kubiak. Winners of 7 of the last 9 Super Bowls. And either Arians or Reid will win this year, making retread coaches the winners of 8 of 10.

    There’s something to be said for learning from one’s previous mistakes.

  12. “Even if helping his team get to the Super Bowl actually makes it harder for him to become a head coach again.”

    the above quote is counterintuitive:
    if you’re a coach who brings a team to the SB, you’re gonna get respect, attention.
    If you win the SB, your standing will dramatically improve.

    Consider the opposite:
    Coach X doesn’t go to the SB.
    Coach X doesn’t win the SB.

    Team A: Wow! Coach X is available! We gotta get him now.
    Not as likely

  13. Campbell is desperately in need of some speaking/media training. That biting off kneecaps stuff was cringe worthy. The leader of a professional organization should speak like a professional and be able to better present himself.

  14. FYI, the two coaches in the Super Bowl are retreads — sometimes it works.
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    It helps a lot if you have the GOAT at QB or his heir apparent playing for you.

  15. I applaud Campbell. He doesn’t want a participation trophy. The Jets played like ninnies under Bowles watch — and under Gase, they were worse. Hopefully Campbell’s methods improves the Lions.

  16. We have seen time and time again that the coaches that have to wait until after the SB lose out on head coaching jobs.

  17. I think Bowles may do well with a second gig. I always liked Campbell after his days as an interim for the fins. Bowles always seemed like a nice guy, level headed and reasonable.

  18. Let me just repeat what people have said a million times. It makes absolutely no sense to allow teams to interview and hire new staff members before the season has wrapped up with the Superbowl. Plenty of time after the big game to the start of camp to get your new coaches hired and settled if everybody has to wait until mid February. Heck, trades and such don’t even become official until March anyway so why not hold off until after the SB so everybody is available for interviews? Does this make too much sense for the NFL?

  19. I think Bowles should get another shot. He worked for one of the worst owned/managed teams in the league, had a dubious roster, and managed to get to 10-6 with Ryan Fitzpatrick (just like Flores).

    Everything in football seems to be about experience, context, and mindset. I think all of those things favor Bowles going forward.

  20. Bowles was a disaster in NY. The Jets are a dumpster fire just like the Lions. How did Bowles think he would be remotely successful in Detroit.

  21. The penalties of success.

    There should be a moratorium on any of this stuff until the Superbowl has been played. All teams and candidates should have an equal chance out of the gate.

  22. Bowles is a great man and a great coach. He’s not one to blame race relations, he just works. He will get another shot, no doubt.

  23. The meet the press speech from this new Detroit coach sounded a lot like another tough talk from Singletary during his ill fated tenure as the 49ers head coach. Or another disaster head coach for the Vikings from the 80s. ( He stressed military discipline during training)

  24. gibson45 says:
    February 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Campbell is desperately in need of some speaking/media training. That biting off kneecaps stuff was cringe worthy. The leader of a professional organization should speak like a professional and be able to better present himself.

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    While I agree, the Lions hired him precisely for the tough guy stuff. Patricia was a nerdy, academic type that never played in the NFL and couldn’t relate to players. Campbell is the exact opposite: A tough, go-with-your-gut type who played 10 seasons in the league and knows how to talk to players. Since this isn’t his first go-around as coach, he was probably really good in his interview and said all the right things.

  25. If its any consolation, we all know Detroit will be looking for a new head coach within 5 years.

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