Dan Campbell undecided on keeping play-calling duties for 2022 season

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Lions coach Dan Campbell took over offensive play-calling midway through the season when he reorganized his staff midway through the season and it’s had positive results.

Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn started the season in that role, but is now more of a run-game coordinator while tight ends coach Ben Johnson became the team’s de facto pass-game coordinator. Campbell communicates the plays to the quarterback.

The Lions are 2-5-1 since Campbell implemented the changes. But he’s undecided on how he’d like to handle things in 2022.

“I know that I’m getting a lot more comfortable and I feel like this is something that I do believe I can do and be good at,” Campbell said Wednesday, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “But I’m not ready to commit to what I’m doing next year yet. I got to sit down and process this at the right time.”

Campbell had not called plays before taking over the duties this year. But he was around one of the best in the game at it for years in working under Saints head coach Sean Payton.

The first-year head coach admitted it was “a lot” when he first began doing it, and there was a transitional period. But now things have slowed down.

“[I]t’s been a process, but I can tell you this, I’m miles ahead of where I was three or four weeks ago. I feel that way,” Campbell said. “I’m so much more comfortable now. I do, I’m starting to figure it out. It doesn’t mean I’m perfect by any means, but I do feel a lot more comfortable.”

7 responses to “Dan Campbell undecided on keeping play-calling duties for 2022 season

  1. I’d be undecided too, especially if I wasn’t even sure I’d still be HC next season.

  2. It’s crazy that this guy was hired as a head coach when there are so many candidates that are much more qualified.

    He’s pretty clearly in over his head.

  3. Campbell had kept this team together and developed several younger players on both sides of the ball that’s kick-starting the rebuild of our Detroit Lions. He and his coordinators have done an admirable job of holding this team together and molding a bunch of rookies and URFAs into a team that’s on the rise. If he wants to continue to call the plays I say he’s earned the right to do it!

  4. ocdn says:
    January 6, 2022 at 11:19 am
    2-5-1 is positive results?


    In comparison, 2-5-1 is a positive improvement from the 0-9 that they started as…

    And the comment about questioning if Campbell will be the coach next year, he absolutely will be the coach next year. This isn’t at all in question anymore. You must be reading news stories from Thanksgiving still to think otherwise.

    Dan Campbell put on a bit of a clown show in the offseason, but he put together a very good staff.

    What Glenn as done of the defensive side of the ball with the defensive players they have is nothing short of miraculous.

    And these guys are somehow still being competitive at times with Tim Boyle starting (the statistically worst actual QB ever to start at QB in NFL history, seriously check is college stats and before that he wasn’t even a good HS recruit…). Not to mention changing the offense and taking a team that hasn’t been in the top half of the league in rushing since Barry and making them an above average running team.

    The GM has shown he can find talent in the later rounds of the draft as well as UDFAs. The coaches have limited the bleeding via scheme. Get your kicks in now, the Lions seem to have some positive momentum with the latest regime change. They still haven’t even reaped the benefits of the Matt Stafford trade. 3 picks in the top 34 this year… unless the GM all of a sudden can’t draft, they should keep this momentum going.

  5. Another potential success story growing from the Bill Parcells coaching tree (Campbell and Glenn were assistants under Sean Payton in NO: Payton was offensive coordinator under Parcells in Dallas – and Glenn played for Parcells with the NY Jets).

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