New Lions coach Dan Campbell: 'We need to bring some hope back into this place'

Dan Campbell
Dan Campbell
Posted at 12:33 PM, Jan 21, 2021

(WXYZ) — New Detroit Lions Head Coach Dan Campbell is being open and honest in his first press conference with the media.

On Thursday, Campbell said he could give people coach-speak or say how many games he thinks the team could win, but "none of that matters, and you guys don't want to hear it. You've had enough of that s***."

"This place has been kicked, it's been battered, it's been bruised," he added.

He also said the team is going to take on the identity of the city it represents. A city, he said, that has been down and found a way to get up and overcome adversity.

"We’re going to kick you in the teeth. When you punch us back, we’re going to smile at you. When you knock us down, we’re going to get up and on our way up we’re going to bite a kneecap off, and we’re going to stand up," he said. "It’s going to take two more shots to knock us down. On the way up, we’re going to take your other kneecap, and then it’s going to take three shots to knock us down, and when we do, we’re going to take another hunk out of you. Before long, we’re going to be the last one standing. That’s going to be the mentality."

Campbell also said that Lions fans are sick of tired of watching press conferences with new head coaches. He's 10th head coach since 2001.

According to Campbell, he was fired up when he arrived in Detroit this week as two fans were waiting with footballs.

He wants to eliminate the Same Old Lions mantra that fans often use.

"I think we need to bring some hope back into this place," he said.

He also talked about the strengths and weaknesses of the team.

"Let's call a spade a spade: There's probably more pieces offensively than defensively that have me fired up," he said.

Campbell called Stafford one of the toughest quarterbacks he's ever seen, but wouldn't comment on Stafford's future, saying he needed to talk more with new GM Brad Holmes.

Read more highlights from his introductory press conference below from our sports team Brad Galli and Justin Rose below.