No one can question Dan Campbell’s passion for his new job as the head coach of the Detroit Lions as he himself made it clear with his passionate opening statement in his introductory press conference.
His opening statement lasted nearly 20 minutes as he rambled into all sorts of different areas.
“This place has been kicked, it’s been battered, it’s been bruised and I can give you coach-speak all day long, ‘Hey, we’re gonna win this many games.’ None of that matters and you don’t want to hear it anyway. You’ve had enough of that s–t. Excuse my language. This team is going to take on the identity of this city.
This city’s been down and it found a way to come up. It’s found a way to overcome adversity. . . . We’re gonna kick you in the teeth and when you punch us back, we’re going to smile at you. When you knock us down, we’re gonna get up and when we get up we’re going to bite a kneecap off.”
Campbell played for the team for three seasons and said he wanted the job “bad” when it became open last year.