Dan Campbell says Lions have “no turds” on the roster

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Lions head coach Dan Campbell has been known for an interesting communication style since he first arrived in Detroit and proclaimed that his players would bite the kneecaps off their opponents. And he’s not showing any signs of changing.

Campbell said the Lions have constructed his kind of roster, without the kinds of players he wouldn’t want to coach.

“I think we’re fortunate because I do believe we have some talented players on this team that have grit, and that’s a good thing, you know?” Campbell said, via Kyle Meinke of Mlive.com. “I said this when I walked in — there’s a number of guys that were here, and I think [Matt] Patricia and [Bob] Quinn did a great job of, there’s no turds here. There’s no bad guys. These guys work now. We don’t have lazy [guys]. We don’t have those [lazy] guys, and that’s a good thing.

“That’s not always the case when it hasn’t been a successful program. Usually that’s not the case. [But] these guys work, and they are. They’re pretty tough-minded. It’s just a matter of, ‘Hey, this is how you got to win. This is what it takes to win. This is what it takes to be a winner. This is what it looks like.’ That’s all it is. Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. That’s all.”

Whether a no-turd roster translates into a winning record remains to be seen, and the oddsmakers view the Lions as one of the worst teams in the NFL. But Campbell says he has the players he wants.

26 responses to “Dan Campbell says Lions have “no turds” on the roster

  1. What’s ironic is that the percentage of turds seems to have gone up even though salaries have also gone up. You would think guys would feel more desire to work hard as their money increased but instead it seems to have enabled a much more selfish nfl player.

  2. The Lions have been an outhouse of the NFL for years and just because they have a new lime thrower on the pile below doesn’t mean the pile won’t still need the lime.

  3. I think the Lions could shock a lot of people this year just maybe but you never really know. Dan Campbell could possibly turn that franchise around but would I say their Super Bowl contenders absolutely not but they will definitely be a far better team than in recent years.

  4. Well no they may not have turds as in lazy as described here but looking at their wr corps and their qb I’d say they have some turds.

  5. I like Campbell being a Dolphin fan really wanted to see him get a shot after being interm coach,his first couple of games they played well above their talent level and won a few games then lack of depth & talent caught up & they didn’t appear to be listening anymore!

  6. I don’t know how good a coach this guy will be, but I’d sure like to have a couple beers with him.

  7. Dude talks and talks and talks and will still field the same old garbage team that Detroit always has. Shut up and coach the trash you’ve got.

  8. I take this to mean that Dan Campbell delivered a team-level enema.

    Old guys like me might remember Vikings head coach Les Steckel punching himself in the face to demonstrate his toughness. I can see that happening here some Sunday.

  9. Sounds like a junior high coach. But a junior high coach can win in the NFL if he has the players. I remember Mike Ditka sounded great in Chicago. We called him Iron Mike. They had great players and won. He sounded the same way in New Orleans, but they called him Dumb Ditka. He didn’t have the players and he lost. Same coach. Different roster.

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