Barry Sanders: New regime has a “great opportunity” in Detroit

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The Lions have infamously been mired in mediocrity for much of the past 30 years, with their last playoff victory coming in 1991.

But according to one of the franchise legends, the new regime of General Manager Brad Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell can awaken the proverbial sleeping giant.

At a celebrity golf tournament in Detroit, Hall of Famer Barry Sanders noted how much Detroit loves football.

“Well, it’s a great opportunity for the new regime,” Sanders said, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN. “So many great sports moments have happened here in Detroit. There’s been hockey championships, baseball championships, basketball championships, but Detroit is definitely a football town — absolutely. There’s a thirst and a hunger to win. And hopefully, they’re the guys who can get it done. I know the town is excited. And we know that the work is cut out for them, but if it was easy, everyone would be able to do it. So, hopefully they’re the guys.”

Sanders was involved in the search process that brought Campbell to Detroit in January.

The Lions haven’t won a division title since 1993, though they did make the playoffs in two of Jim Caldwell’s four years as head coach from 2014-2017. But after three consecutive last-place finishes since 2018, Holmes and Campbell definitely have plenty of work ahead to turn Detroit into a consistent contender.

13 responses to “Barry Sanders: New regime has a “great opportunity” in Detroit

  1. A great opportunity to turn the franchise around but given they hired a guy that talks about biting kneecaps you cant blame anyone for thinking it’s the same old Lions.

  2. I hope he has a strong staff because Dan Campbell is not the first name that springs to mind when one thinks of “innovative coaching”.

  3. Long suffering Browns fan here. I think Detroit is heading in the right direction. Maybe Campbell has made some eye rolling quotes, but he knows what it takes to win and has seen the inner workings of Saints coach Sean Payton.

    I don’t know if Goff is an good substitute for Stafford, but it couldn’t hurt to try. Draft picks added aside.

    As for personnel, it only takes a good draft or two and a couple of good free agent moves to make the team much better. Minnesota has stumbled, Chicago is breaking in a rookie QB, and Aaron Rodgers could tear apart GB…

    I think that current Lions consultant and for Browns former GM John Dorsey recognizes NFL quality talent. He will help identify good players to draft and add to the roster.

  4. Dan Campbell is a head coach. Head coaches can be quality X’s and O’s guys… but overall, head coaches are motivators. The OC and DC should be running the “innovative coaching”.

    Holmes and his squad should be recognizing talent.

    Right now, Dan Campbell seems like a jovial fired up coach that’s just enjoying his first taste in the seat. Everyone is out here trying to judge him before his first game.

    I mean, previous lions coaches have taken the wind in OT. Previous lions coaches have often only had 10 defensive players on the field. The bar is NOT high. Let’s just let it play out and stop guessing.

  5. One of many or the greatest ruined by one of, if not the THE worst franchise in the NFL.

  6. Some people forget Campbell was the interim HC in Miami after Philbin was fired. And did a decent job for the most part.

  7. I have absolutely nothing against Detroit, but geez, how many new regimes are Lions fans gonna have to endure?

  8. The Lions are always headed in the right direction until the season starts…..sure there pal!

    We seeeeeee you!

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