Lions head coach Dan Campbell has a reputation for being a meathead, but he might be the coach whose approach to fourth downs most closely aligns with the stat nerds. And in the first quarter today, that paid off for the Lions.
Campbell and the Lions went for it on fourth-and-5 at the Vikings’ 32-yard line in the first quarter today, a decision that the math says was correct but most old-school football coaches would see as a time to kick a field goal.
It was a great call by Campbell, one of the coaches who really understands the statistical revolution that has taken place on fourth downs in recent years. He may not talk, look or act like a math nerd, but Campbell understands analytics.