Lions hope to use D’Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams like Saints used Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram

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First-year Lions coach Dan Campbell has spent the last five seasons as an assistant on the Saints’ staff, and that gave him plenty of ideas for how to use his running backs.

Campbell said he envisions D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams being similar to Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram when they were teammates on the Saints, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

“That’s my vision of this 1-2 punch,” Campbell said. “That’s how I see Jamaal Williams for us, for Detroit. He’s high energy, he’s a bit of a hammer and I think he’s a guy your team can feed off of a little bit. I said that when we signed him. That was always what Mark was for [the Saints] and Latavius Murray when Mark left us. That’s what Jamaal is.”

The Saints, of course, also had a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees, while the Lions have Jared Goff. Success running the ball tends to flow from success passing the ball, which means running back is far from the biggest concern for the Lions this season.

18 responses to “Lions hope to use D’Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams like Saints used Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram

  1. We’ve had 4 – 1 thousand yard rushers in the past 20 years, none since 2013. Zero. That’s abysmal. Not only is running back thee biggest concern for us this year, establishing a successful ruunning game culture is priority #1 imho.

  2. Wishful thinking doesn’t win games. Goff is a serviceable backup QB at best. The Lions will rightfully claim their spot in last place again. It must suck to be a Lions Fan with no Hope year after year. They have never even made a Superbowl. Not going to happen anytime soon.

  3. “The Saints, of course, also had a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees, while the Lions have Jared Goff.”

    Touche’

  4. Lol. Success running the ball comes from success passing the ball is the opposite of what is usually said.

    I love these arguments that change when it’s convenient.

  5. All the Goff scoffers will be eating crow when the dude throws for 4500 and 30+ this year.

  6. You can’t argue with the fact that Goff is in no way at the level of Brees, even last season.

  7. Love how everyone is so quick to point out that Goff isn’t Brees….yet these short memory folks completely forget that Brees started out in San Diego and was nowhere close to a HOF QB. Drew was paired with the right coach, in the Dome, in the right system and he flourished. Exactly why is it that a guy that has already been in the Superbowl can’t do the same thing ? Absolutely love what Detroit is building from the ground up. Lynn is a fantastic offensive coordinator. Its all up side for Detroit.

  8. Just like the Saints… Except Anthony Lynn calling the shots so nothing like the Saints. More like the Jets.

  9. I’ve never been a Brees fan. But there is absolutely no comparison between Goff and Brees at any point in their careers. I hope Goff excels in his new environment. Suggesting he could have a statistical trajectory similar to Brees’, however, is a pipe dream.

  10. Just like the Saints… Except Anthony Lynn calling the shots so nothing like the Saints. More like the Jets.
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    Brees 2942, 24 & 6. Herbert 4336, 31 & 10.

  11. The have been hoping for things for almost seven decades.

    Same old Lions!

    One playoff win in 65 years.

  12. “ Success running the ball tends to flow from success passing the ball, which means running back is far from the biggest concern for the Lions this season.”

    What? That’s a ridiculous statement to make especially if you cover the sport. That’s a steep miscalculation, see what happened to Pittsburgh last year.

  13. “Success running the ball tends to flow from success passing the ball”
    not really… and jared goff’s history of success suggests the opposite.

  14. Many years ago the vikes put in a new coach who was jung ho jo. He so beat up the team in training camp -you had to work out then, that come the season they were shot.
    The Lions new coach reminds me of him. That philosophy of we will be tough very tough doesnt work when you have powder puffs who want to play the softer game.
    I give this guy all of two years at best and he will be gone

  15. supercharger says:
    July 31, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Brees 2942, 24 & 6. Herbert 4336, 31 & 10.

    Lol Lynn had to hire Offensive Coordinators that bright their own system in because he doesn’t have his own playbook and has never installed an offensive and is a glorified RB coach. This is the first time in his career ever installing an offense as an OC. Unless someone takes the reigns from him like he purposely did on the chargers, Detroit is doomed. He doesn’t have a Saints level scheme.

  16. supercharger says:
    July 31, 2021 at 8:24 am
    All the Goff scoffers will be eating crow when the dude throws for 4500 and 30+ this year.

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    And if the Lions miss the postseason….who cares?

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