Dan Campbell was “fired up” by fight at Tuesday’s practice

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Before the Lions’ first padded practice on Tuesday, head coach Dan Campbell shared a story from his first training camp as a player that involved him getting in a fight on the first play of practice.

Campbell said the point of the story wasn’t that he was looking for players to fight during Lions practice, but it wasn’t particularly clear that’s what he meant and he muddied those waters a bit more at Wednesday’s press conference.

Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu — two of the team’s draft picks — exchanged punches during a special teams drill on Tuesday, which led to a question for Campbell about his reaction to the fisticuffs. His reaction wasn’t one of dismay.

“Yeah, I mean, I was fired up,” Campbell said, via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. “Because they were competing, man. It was good to see both of them, two young bucks, go after it. They were, uh — look, we had a pretty good idea of Amon-Ra, you know? The Sun God? What he’s capable of? His aggressiveness shows up — it would show up on tape — in college. Look, this guy will mix it up. And there’s things you see with Iffy in school, but I didn’t quite know. And to know he’s got, ‘Hey man, I’m not your punching bag,’ that encouraged me, it really did.”

Campbell added that he’s not in favor of full-squad brawls that disrupt the entire practice session, but that smaller scraps “make you practice better” because it makes you want to go as hard as you can to beat the other guy. He also said he wants players to remain “under control” because you can’t win if you aren’t, so Lions players will have to figure out just where the line is for their new coach.

16 responses to “Dan Campbell was “fired up” by fight at Tuesday’s practice

  1. Is anyone still impressed by nonsense like this? Other than the Ford family, obviously.

  2. “I hate to break it to you men….but we’re not going to stop running wind sprints until all of your bellys are full of kneecaps.” -Dan Campbell-

  3. Better to get it out of your system in TC than have it happen during the season I guess.

  4. Campbell needs to cut back on the caffeine. He told the press his normal morning intake is two “venti” coffees with 2 shots of espresso in each cup. Who knows how much more he drinks during the day.

    Caffeine intake each morning 1100 mgs:
    300 mgs (shots of espresso)
    810 mgs (ventis)

    That’s 3 times the “healthy” amount of daily caffeine for adults per Mayo Clinic. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two “energy shot” drinks.”

  5. What he said is pretty reasonable – he didn’t want a full on brawl, but he doesn’t mind two young players competing and raising competition in a little dust up. One things for sure, you can tell Campbell cares, tries and I am sure the players can see that. Time will tell if he will be successful, but the effort and heart is there.

  6. It’s a smart play by Campbell. Setting the tone as a tough, gritty team. The Lions have been de-clawed for years. They need to rep Mo-Town where its hard and cold and unforgiving. I like it!

  7. The Rex Ryan experiments should shake Lion fans to their knees…
    Talent, culture, scouting, front office drafting, stability and speed wins, not teeth to bite knee caps.

  8. I, for one, am tired of the people who get big mad every time this man opens his mouth.

  9. I remember him in college…he was they guy who asked everyone how much they benched

  10. Excitement and Energy coming from Detroit lions football. Anyone that sees fault in that is an idiot.

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