Dan Campbell is a Meathead and he is cool with it.
New Detroit Lions head coach is being called a meathead after his introductory press conference in January.
In an interview with Michigan Live, Campbell reflected on his press conference and responded to people who think he is just a strong and dumb guy.
“I said this to Chris (Spielman) the other day, I was like, ‘I love the fact we’re only known as meatheads, I’m a meathead? I have limited brain capacity? I like (that people think) that. I’m good with that, you know what I mean? I have zero problem with it.”Campbell to MLive
There is nothing wrong with being a meathead as long as you acknowledge it. He obviously isn’t a dumb guy, he played in the NFL and has worked with Sean Payton and the Saints along with other teams around the league.
It would give him an advantage if other coaches and teams thought he was just a strong guy with no brain, but that just won’t happen in the NFL.
Campbell continued his reflection:
“That whole press conference was literally for our team and our fans and community and people that want the Lions to succeed, “I didn’t care about outside voices. … Spielman still makes fun of me to this day about my energy, because he said I was slamming the hot coffee. But listen, I told those guys — Sheila (Ford Hamp) and Rod (Wood) — that, listen, I want this job. I want to be in Detroit. I want this job, because I identify with this job
. You talk about it fitting like a glove? This thing fits me like no other, because I just feel like I can relate to this. I understand, man. I think I’m kind of a gritty guy, you know? Without trying to toot my own horn, I just know who I am. I am very aware of who I am, and I think that, man, I was raised on a cattle ranch. I’m about hard work. I’m a blue-collar kid from a blue-collar family.”
This could be a good hire for the Lions, after Matt Patricia didn’t work out in Detroit, the former Lion player is looking to right the ship.
TL//DR: Dan Campbell is a Meathead and he is cool with it.