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The Detroit Lions have a new coach.
Just days after adding Brad Holmes as general manager, the organization announced Wednesday that Dan Campbell will be its head coach. Campbell, a former tight end who played on that faithful 2008 Lions team, returns to Detroit following a coaching stint with the New Orleans Saints.
New Orleans was eliminated Sunday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, opening the door for the Lions to get Campbell.
Like most decisions made by the franchise, the move was met with a mix of skepticism, pessimism and cautious hope.
Dan Campbell is an excellent coach. His team in Miami was so fun to watch while he was interim coach. Dudes seemed to like him too. Good luck Dan!
— Waiting for a new OC SZN 🔥 (@daflow2020) January 20, 2021
Big Dan Campbell, if coaches had a look it would be THIS guy. Reminds me of Coach Cowher with that square jaw line, looks like a great pic... 👍
— AL GO RHYTHM... (@IEWILLIAMS4) January 20, 2021
Of course Twitter has jokes.
Convince me that Dan Campbell isn't the lead singer from Nickeback pic.twitter.com/zgPsR2Ls0p
— 1st Team All-Prozac (@JetsNihilist) January 20, 2021
Im dead serious when i ask this. Who is Dan Campbell? Where he come from?
— Rell (@DHill__3) January 20, 2021
Mildly interesting, considering Holmes signed a five-year deal.
The Lions' deal with Dan Campbell is a 6-year contract, I'm told. https://t.co/EWifwUgUxm
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 20, 2021
I hope! It seems like Dan Campbell is a good coach because of how good the Saints have been. He's the perfect hire to help Hockenson
— Bryan Hicks (@RealBryanHix) January 20, 2021
YO THE LIONS GAVE DAN CAMPBELL 6 YEARS. pic.twitter.com/YzM7sNVKmX
— Isaac Mei (@Ike_Mei) January 20, 2021
Smart football Twitter strikes again.
The national perception for the Dan Campbell hiring is not good based on some of the smart football Twitter
— Beastradamus (@BeastFBall) January 20, 2021
— Ned Narb (@tardugyes) January 20, 2021
LETSSS GOOOO, DAN CAMPBELL, I LOVE THIS GUYYYYYY https://t.co/pkwa4QZVDc
— Dylan Hunt (@DHunt1313) January 20, 2021
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions fans react to team hiring Dan Campbell as coach