Lions expected to hire Saints assistant Dan Campbell as head coach

By , 97.1 The Ticket

It looks like the Lions' next head coach will be one of their former tight ends: Dan Campbell.

Campbell, who's been assistant head coach/tight ends coach of the Saints since 2016, has 'emerged as the favorite' to land the head coaching job in Detroit, according to the NFL Network.

A formal agreement can't be reached until the Saints' season is over. New Orleans plays Tampa Bay in the divisional round of the playoffs on Sunday.

Campbell, 44, interviewed virtually with the Lions on Monday, prior to the team hiring Brad Holmes as GM. He has 'impressed with his leadership' in New Orleans, helping the Saints to four straight division titles.

He also served as interim head coach of the Dolphins in 2015; the team went 5-7 under his watch.

The Lions had planned to spend Friday interviewing Buccaneers' defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, but the two sides decided to cancel the interview when it became clear Bowles wasn't going to land the job, according to the NFL Network.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks in 2010, Campbell enjoyed an 11-year playing career in the NFL. That included a three-year stint in Detroit, where he played 19 games for the Lions from 2006-08. The team won 10 games in that span.

Safe to say Campbell will be hoping for better results as head coach.

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