Detroit – vs. Jared GoffThis offseason has been different for a number of reasons.
Then, when he peeked into the Lions’ training facility during the OTAs, he noticed a singularity of the coaches on the sidelines guiding the action—they are all former NFL players.
“It was fun. I’ve had ex players coach me in the past, but it wasn’t that many before,” said Gauff. “It’s fantastic. it is fun. a man like [Antwaan] Randall L. He’s played at a high level for a long time and knows what he’s talking about and just as everyone else. But, at the reception site, he did. I saw that.
“Dossy [Staley], he did it. hank [Fraley], he did it. Dan [Campbell]She obviously did. A-Line [Anthony Lynn], I did. All of these players have done it at a high level with their playing, so it’s easy to communicate and understand from a player’s point of view.”
Beginning in his first year with coach Campbell, the Lions had seven former NFL players. Lynne is the offensive coordinator, Aaron Glenn is the defensive coordinator, Mark Brunell is the quarterback, Staley coaches the marchers, Hank Fraley coaches the offensive line, and All-Pro champion and former Super Bowl champion Randall Ell coaches the recipients.
Detroit is the only NFL team to have a head coach, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator staffed by every former NFL player—and the roster already feels their presence.
“Sure, because they went through it,” the lions ran back Jamal Williams He said. And you might think, ‘What can they say that would help me?’ But it’s like, “Oh yeah, because they played in the league” or “Oh, yeah, because of the trophies they got.” So, it’s like you can’t denounce them for their experience, but the coaches who played, yeah, because they went through it. They know.”
Rising receiver Amon-Ra Saint Brown He describes it as “fantastic” learning from the many different football minds who have already played the game.
“I’m with the reception coach [Randle El] Most of all, and he’ll say things now and then where you’ll know he’s played,” St. Brown said. “He understands the covers and the little things in between the ways to help us. He gives us knowledge, so you can tell our coach played in the league and it’s great to have a coach like that.”
When Campbell was hired by the Lions in January, he became one of six former NFL players to currently head coach, joining Sean Payton (Saints), Mike Frapel (Titans), Frank Reich (Colts), and Ron Rivera (Washington ) and Cliff Kingsbury (Cardinals). The 6-foot-5 native of Clifton, Texas, enjoyed the 10-year race as a tight end from 1999-2008, with New York GiantsAnd the Cowboys in Dallas He spent with the Lions from 2006 to 2008.
He decided to bring in a diverse coaching staff with a wealth of knowledge to rely on. “You are only as good as the people around you,” Campbell said.
“When you’re lucky enough to know enough resources like I do and be with some great coaches, these things show up, and they’ve been through, so you think about asking them,” Campbell said. “Does that mean I’m going to bump into something I haven’t seen or may not be ready for? It will happen, you’re right. But I guess you draw from experiences. [from] around you and those men you trust.”
Lin was a head coach with Los Angeles Chargers From 2017-20.
Staley is the Super Bowl champion as a player and coach, and he demands respect from young people trying to reach that level, like the Philadelphia native. Dandrey Swift, who grew up watching Staley with the Eagles.
“I watched him a lot growing up too, so he has the knowledge and everything. He’s been in the league for a long time, so he knows what it takes,” Swift said. “So I think he’s definitely going to take me to the level I’m trying to get to. His energy he brings every day, he’s the kind of coach you want to play for.”
His addition to the Detroit coaching staff was a complete moment for Randall L. As a player, in Super Bowl XL — which was played at Ford Field — his 43-yard counter-touch pass in the fourth quarter to wide receiver Hines Ward helped Pittsburgh beat Seattle 21-10. Those experiences dictated how he deals with players and why they listen to him.
“This experience as a group, when you bring it up and put it on the table, you know what’s expected, you know what to say to the players to motivate them, and then take it and put it together to put it in place,” Randall L.
A complete rebuilding of Motown has begun after the sacking of defensive-minded coach Matt Patricia, who had the worst defense in the NFL last season. Campbell comes with defensive coordinator Glenn and others, as well as first-year general manager Brad Holmes, who aren’t trying to sell a dream to players on the team. Instead, they brutally keep it true
Glenn said, “I am a producer for Bill Parcells, and the only thing I realized I took from Parcells is always honesty with the players.” And even if the truth can create bad feelings between you and the player, but at the end of the day – and I knew it with Bill – at the end Today, I respect him for telling me the truth.
“Now, it’s given me a chance to work on the things I need to work on. And as a player, you can’t fool yourself into that. When a coach tells you exactly what you need to work on, why do you think he’s sitting there lying to you? He wants to win. So, It will tell you everything you need to do to put you in a position to be successful, so I do the same with the guys.
Like Geoff, a former defensive lineman in the Rams Michael Brookers He wasn’t around in the old system, but he’s, for now, loves the process in Detroit.
“The most important thing about coaches and players is that we have to have great communication and [Glenn is] “The best hub I’ve been to 100%,” said Brookers. “Being a player who plays in the league, he understands the point of being a player, so when you ask him a question or something like that, he can definitely answer your question about what you need answered.
“For me, I think the most important thing about this training device is the way they approach the training and the process of just playing the game and having the energy and love for the game.”