Those first “Hard Knocks” clips really impressed me. Judging by the title of this article, they impressed me enough to jump headfirst into the pool of icy potential catches. I can not help myself. This line “we’ll walk on water as long as it takes to bury you” struck me right away.
The idea that Campbell could become coach of the year is not a crazy idea. It is one of the most popular bets on betting sites. And guys like Jim Harbaugh, Ron Rivera, Matt Nagy and Marvin Lewis all recently won Coach of the Year honors for taking their teams’ record from really bad to pretty good. Can Campbell be next?
Let’s take a look at some of the things Dan Campbell needs to do to win Coach of the Year in 2022.
Finish with a winning record
To get the prize you need to get the wins. Only one coach has won Coach of the Year with a losing record. It was Jimmy Johnson in 1990. I guess the league felt that taking the Cowboys from 1-15 to 7-9 was good enough to win the prize. I can see why they thought that.
The world is a different place now. It’s all about the winning record now. If Campbell could take the Detroit Lions from a three-win team to a team over .500, he would definitely find himself in the conversation.
Make the playoffs
It looks like the Lions who make the playoffs would immediately lock in the price for Campbell. After all, this is a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2016 season and, as I said a second ago, they only won three games last year.
There’s more to the story, however. The Lions were a team that was seemingly torn apart during the Matt Patricia days. If the Lions were a house, when Campbell got it, it was torn down to the posts. For Campbell, turning that setting into an HGTV-level home in year two would be well worth an award.
Campbell arguably had more signing wins in his freshman year than Patricia had in his entire tenure. The team had wins over two playoff teams in the first year and for a short time, Dan Campbell and the Lions put everyone on notice.
It must continue. The Lions need to do things like beat the Packers, Cowboys and Bills. They don’t need to win them all, but if they could land two, those kinds of wins are remembered and surely factor into deciding who wins the prize.
Keep on being Dan Campbell
I think it’s more than fair to say that people love this guy. What’s not to like? He’s funny, he’s a good guy and by all accounts he seems like a great coach so far. A Dan Campbell interview or presser is a must. The guy is a quote machine, and it’s to the point where the t-shirt he’s wearing is earning him rave reviews.
People are already paying a lot of attention to Dan Campbell. They’ll continue to do so when Hard Knocks premieres next week. It could be a bad thing if the Lions season goes bad. It could be a very good thing if not. If the Lions are good and Campbell has become a charismatic darling, the price could definitely be heading towards him in 2022.