Detroit Lions’ newest HC Dan Campbell has been electric ever since he’s come in, and has shown that he has no problem speaking his mind. And he had another interesting comment about his roster.
The Lions had another horrid season in 2020, finishing the season with a 5-11 record and finishing last in the NFC North. When speaking about the Lions current roster, Campbell complimented the job that the previous front office and coaching staff did in bringing in hard-working, tough players.
In an obvious rebound year, Cambell and the Lions’ have high expectations for themselves.
Dan Cambell believes the roster has “no turds”
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.
It’s been a while, but Dan Campbell once again credits Quinn and Patricia for the character of the roster they put together. “There are no turds here.”
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“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.”
The Lions have to trim the roster to 85 players by Aug. 17, then 80 players by Aug. 24. The final cut to 53 will be on Aug. 31.
“You’re resilient,” Campbell said, when asked about the most important trait he’s seeking for his roster. “You’re tough, you’re hard-nosed, you’re a guy that your body demeanor never changes (no matter) what happens to you, you’re dependable, you’re accountable. It’s everything that you would want in somebody if you said, ‘I need one guy to do a job for me, this is the guy, because I trust you, I know who you’re going to be every day. You’re not up and down. You’re the same guy every day. We know who you are.’