Dan Campbell: I’ll regret not going for it on fourth down against the Vikings until I die

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Lions coach Dan Campbell ignored the analytics and attempted a field goal late in Detroit’s Week Three loss at Minnesota, and he still regrets it.

In fact, he’ll always regret it.

The Lions were leading 24-21 with 1:14 left in the game when Campbell decided to try a field goal on fourth-and-4. Going for it and getting it would have sealed the win. Instead the Lions missed a 54-yard field goal, the Vikings took over in great field position, and Minnesota drove for a game-winning touchdown. As he prepares to face the Vikings again on Sunday, Campbell said this week that he’s still kicking himself for kicking on fourth down.

“Look, it burns me,” Campbell said. “Of course it burns me. That’ll be there until the day I die. That’s not going to go away.”

Campbell said it’s part of his personality that past failures eat at him, and it’s not going to stop. Beating the Vikings on Sunday, however, might make Campbell feel a bit better.

25 responses to “Dan Campbell: I’ll regret not going for it on fourth down against the Vikings until I die

  1. If they made the field, a touchdown beats them anyway!
    In this entertainment, referee aided NFL, the undergird needs the kill shot or the famous team/ famous player/ home team will get calls and the victory every time.

  2. And this is why the Lions will go for it on fourth down at least twice on Sunday. And one of those will result in turning the ball over at midfield, and result in the Vikings winning by one score.

  3. Unfortunately the defense was playing at a historically bad level at that point in the season and the coughed up a double digit fourth quarter lead. They were also down several key players and now at the most healthy they’ve been at any point in the season. Also playing in Detroit and this is a recipe for a resounding Lions win. Players also have revenge on their mind and this will be the most exciting game played at Ford Field in quite some time. Regardless of outcome it will be a great atmosphere with so much at stake. These teams always play tightly contested matches so we can expect this one to come down to the final minute once again. Get your Tums and Pepcid AC ready lol

  4. And if he had gone for it and the play ended in a sack or being stopped, with the Vikings STILL getting the TD for a win – he’d be equally regretful for not attempting the field goal.

  5. You ain’t getting another chance this weekend Danny Boy. Both our defenses might be swiss cheese but you got bigger holes.

  6. Bud Grant, among others, has the exact opposite attitude, feeling that dwelling on past mistakes takes up too much space in the brain. Sure, yeah, learn from them, but dwell on them? Nah.

  7. patsrule says:
    December 8, 2022 at 10:10 am
    Can’t dwell on past mistakes in this league.
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    He’s dwelling on it to get his mindset ready for this week against them to make sure he doesn’t screw up again.

  8. Let it go it was only a regular season game. Vikings are going to have to bring their A+ game this weekend. Anything less and we won’t be as lucky as the last meeting.

  9. Who in their right mind is going to take advice from Bud Grant? Bud went 0-4 in Super Bowls.

  10. I think the Lions win Sunday and I am a Vikings fan. Vikings defense is swiss cheese. This team reminds me A LOT of the 2000 team. Started off 11-2 then lost 3 straight to end the season. Beat a weak Saints team in the Divisional round and got rolled 41-0 against the NY Giants. Defense was just AWFUL that year.

  11. The last 5 games the Vikings have played were against 5 Top 10 defenses…going 4-1 against them. The last 5 games the Lions have went against 4 out of 5 defenses that were in the bottom half of the league. The Vikings are a bottom defense and so are the Lions…so its going to be a shoot out but I’ll take the Vikings coaching staff figuring out how to best defeat the Lions vs Campbell.

  12. papacrick says:
    December 8, 2022 at 10:45 am
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    Players have revenge on their minds? So much at stake? What are you talking about??? This game is barely a blip. Lions are two games back from even being .500, and the Vikings are close to locking up the division and the 2 seed. This game actually doesn’t mean much at all, except for the Lions to finally take some pride in the game of football.

  13. papacrick says:
    December 8, 2022 at 10:45 am
    Unfortunately the defense was playing at a historically bad level at that point in the season and the coughed up a double digit fourth quarter lead. They were also down several key players and now at the most healthy they’ve been at any point in the season.

    The only 2 players that were out for the lions were John Cominsky and Jonah Jackson. Cominsky is hardly a game changer as a waiver wire pick up in May from the Falcons. Jonah Jackson is a starter so there could have been a little fall off at LG but otherwise the injury report was pretty clean for the Lions week 3 against the Vikings. The Vikings however played without pro bowl safety Harrison Smith. This will be a good game, but there are no excuses for the loss other than bad coaching and an inferior team. Could be different this weekend, we shall see.

  14. B. says:

    Bud Grant, among others, has the exact opposite attitude
    ++++++
    And he has the same amount of Super Bowl victories (as head coach) as Patricia.

  15. I still don’t know what to make of Dan Campbell. I like him so I am not sure if I am making excuses for his mistakes. I think that his mistakes have lost us games and he has to be held accountable for this, but I have not seen many coaches not make mistakes. Andy Reid and Ron Rivera are well known for their poor time management, Bill Belichick has a defensive coordinator as his offensive coordinator, Kyle Shannahan coordinated the biggest 4th quarter collapses in super bowl history once with the falcons and again with the 49ers… you can go on.
    When I look at the players and contracts Holmes and Campbell took over had some pieces, but didn’t have much talent and QB had had enough and wanted out. I think that if Campbell was a better coach he might have the lions at a higher position at this time, but I think they are going in the right direction and I think that players want to play for the lions right now, which is different from the Patricia years.

  16. My expert (cough) analysis: whichever team’s defense sucks less will win. Nonetheless, I’d go with the over. Granted, this game does apparently mean more to the Lions.

  17. Who knew the Vikings vs Jets and Vikings vs Lions in December would’ve meant anything back in August.

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