Notes: Detroit Lions coaches who leverage their experience as players

That energy and behavior of the current Lions coaching staff is far from the previous regime and there is at least no doubt, at least part of the reason is that their common background plays the game at the elite level. Scanning the new staff who are former professionals at the highest levels of staff who set the tone plus more work with the job groups these coaches actually played in the NFL.

On Friday, Eric Woodyard of The Worldwide Leader wrote a feature about the invincible credibility that Detroit players-turned-coaches brought to the table. After all, who better to know what it takes to be successful on the field than the people who has actually done it himself?

Woodyard’s article gets many different Lions players ‘thoughts on how the coaches’ collective experience reinforces their message to the team and quotes veterans like Jared Goff and Michael Brockers as well as youngsters like Amon-Ra St. Brown and D’Andre Swift.

As pointed out in the article, head coach Dan Campbell is just one of six active NFL head coaches with experience as a former player in the league. Whether it works out or not, what the Lions try with their coaching staff is very different from the norm and appeals to both the players and the coaches themselves. When a former head coach like Anthony Lynn says he changed his career plans to come to Detroit because this looks like something special, he’s not kidding. That seems like that fans also agree.

Now on to the rest of today’s notes:

  • If you remember Tight End University Summit a few weeks ago it turns out that the offensive linemen have a similar gathering of professionals going on this weekend:
  • A story in two diagrams by Seth Walder. First, how often each defense ran man versus zone coverage in 2020 (horizontally) versus how much better they are in man or zone (vertical):

Okay, the lions are somehow in the middle of the herd there! Aren’t they so bad, then? How about just drawing how good they are in man (horizontally) versus how good they are in the zone (vertical)?


  • Words from Melissa Gonzalez on her way to the Olympics made it national NFL coverage. Around NFL’s Kevin Patra spread the good news on the page.
  • Okay, this is pretty cool. We’re too old for these things, but if anyone is interested in getting into football media, there are some options out there:

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