Dan Campbell: I would love to have a pet lion at practice

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Lions head coach Dan Campbell wants his players to bite the kneecaps of opposing teams and he’d like to have a pet capable of doing a lot more than that around the practice field.

Campbell was a guest on Pardon My Take this week and the first-year head coach shared one of his ideas for creating livelier practice sessions. Campbell said that he asked Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp about having an actual lion at the team’s facility.

“I don’t think we’re going to be able to do it, but I would love to literally just have a pet lion,” Campbell said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Just a legit pet lion on a chain, a big ass chain, and he really is my pet. We just walk around the building, we go out to practice, we’re at 7-on-7, we’re behind the kicker when he’s kicking.”

Campbell said that he’d like the lion to play a role in letting a position group know they were underperforming by training it to “take a dump right there in the middle of where their section is” during a bad practice. He also acknowledged that he could wind up losing an arm to his new pet, “but that would be even better because it would validate what, this is a freaking, this a creature now.”

Campbell added he’d be willing to give up his arm if it meant a Super Bowl. That is a little less extreme than the lengths Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he’d go in order to get a ring, although the lion would ultimately make the decision about which pieces of Campbell’s body would wind up on the menu in Detroit.

44 responses to “Dan Campbell: I would love to have a pet lion at practice

  1. there’s no such thing as a “pet lion” dan. they’re wild animals and would most likely sense your fear and attack you.

  2. Campbell is nonstop hot air and bluster. If he’s successful, I’ll be impressed, but I seriously doubt it.

  3. Of course he would. Would the lion help the players bite the other team’s kneecaps?

  4. I can’t tell if he’s joking anymore at this point. I’m not sure his therapist can tell either. I kinda like this guy even though I’d never make direct eye contact with him.

  5. Maybe a lion to inspire or ingest the coaching staff is preferred by the team owner.

  6. I want to see the Lions be a legit team. Their fans deserve that. But their head coach is such a tool.

  7. I like Campbell, think he’s highly entertaining, and believe he’ll be a good coach. But he’s kind of a nut.

  8. This hire right here, might just be exactly what the Lions needed. I am looking forward to see what kind of team he has in place the next 3 years.

  9. its obvious the man cares…..just a little too much. Dial it back to 11.

  10. This is the dumbest thing I have maybe heard a head coach say. Maybe.

  11. campcouch says:
    May 18, 2021 at 7:26 am
    Lions gonna Lions. Reminds of the Browns hiring Kitchens.

    Yeah ok. Maybe let him coach at least one game before jumping to that conclusion

  12. This guy is a dope. His act will wear thin pretty quick after a few more losing seasons!

  13. Wouldn’t it be funny to watch this guy save the Lions? If he can back up the character and gusto, I’d love to see him generate headlines for years.

  14. I like this guy. What I like even more is the media and some fans getting pious and offended that Dan Campbell does not act as though the NFL is quantum physics.

  15. This guy is an idiot. I thought it when he running the Oklahoma drills as interim head coach and he isn’t doing anything to prove differently. 2 years and gone.

  16. You guys can hate on this all you want but it’s Awesome! He’s obviously joking like men joke about dumb stuff but it’s funny and great at the same time.

  17. I would hope that my coach was working towards developing a coherent offense and defensive system in the complicated world of today’s NFL, rather than pining after an exotic mascot/pet.

    Having stated the obvious, I have to say I’m enjoying the antics and interesting views of the Lions’ new hire.
    It should make for a fun sidetrack diversion in the NFC North this season.
    I seriously can’t wait to see how Campbell reacts to individual wins and losses.

  18. Packers RB Travis Jervey HAD a pet lion. It drove Mike Holmgren right over the edge.

  19. OH brother and this is the best they could come up with? Looks to me like the 50 year curse is alive and well.
    How many times have I seen the coach who thinks marine tactics and great fitness and toughness will win the day. Its the skill players with speed that makes it happen. This guy has two years at best.

  20. Like the most successful of Lions coaches, he is poised to let regression toward the mean advance his team to the fringes of mediocrity. At least he seems tp be enjoying the ride.

  21. At first I thought this guy was pretty amusing. At this point I predict a long season and immediate termination in the offseason.

  22. I’m sure getting that call filled ownership with lots of confidence and optimism.

  23. Come on, this guy is what the NFL needs. Who knows what bat s crazy thing he’ll say next?

  24. What a gift Dan (MAN) Campbell is to all of us. I sincerely hope he can last more than a season in Detroit because this guy never fails to amuse. Enjoy this while it lasts, folks. Because something this entertaining can’t last forever.

  25. Dial it down a notch and just get an axe and a tree stump. tell everyone to keep “chopping wood.” Works better. Just don’t let the kicker near it.

  26. Lions fans need to decide what they want more: A winning team, or a head coach who keeps them entertained with outrageous sound bites. Right now, it’s the off-season. Sound bites are all you’re going to get. You better hope the winning begins in the fall.

  27. God forbid a guy who is getting paid millions to coach a game that he started playing for FUN when he was a kid , continues to have fun.

    People are also acting like he has never worked on a coaching staff and calling him an idiot. Pretty sure if he was a total idiot Sean Peyton wouldn’t have kept him around.

    Will he work as a head coach? I hope so, he’s hungry and passionate. Detroit needs a culture change and he Is trying to do that

  28. The last time the Lions had an entertaining coach was Wayne Fontes. He was the guy that coached them to the nfc title game,

    Media wanted him gone for many years, but his teams loved him and played hard for him.

  29. Was it Scarface the movie that made having a big ass cat in your backyard something guys want or was it Tyson? Either way as a Lions fan the last thing I want is some animal forced to get transported between the Detroit Zoo to Ford Field for home games. An animal doesn’t need 100 + decibels, fireworks as the teams come out, and 80,000 screaming voices for an animal that bears much better than a human being. Adopt an animal, or animals at one of the refuges and have some good PR and pictures that way. I know Colorado U has the Buffalo, we’ve had horse drawn wagons, bull dogs, a dolphin at Football games. As a Gator fan also I’ve always had a perspective that animals just don’t belong at a sporting event on the field, they belong on a flag, a helmet, but not in the middle of a sea of humanity and expected to NOt flip out.

  30. Danny Campbell was a coach that seemed eager and excited to be in Detroit in his first press conference.

    He has just morphed into a media clown since then…

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