Detroit Lions need to fire Dan Campbell — were he Black, he’d be gone already

Just sad.

Just unhappy.
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It’s been mentioned that the best trick that’s ever been pulled off is when the satan satisfied other people he didn’t exist. That honor will have to belong to the editors at HBO, as a result of Hard Knocks had y’all fooled.

Before the season began, HBO’s all-access docuseries featured arguably the worst franchise in the history of the league: The Detroit Lions. And due to its lighthearted moments, smooth editing, and a “likable” and energetic musclebound head coach, people fell for it. They believed that a team that’s never been to the Super Bowl and that was coming off a 3-13-1 season was going to be a legit threat. At one point, the Kansas City Chiefs were the only team receiving more bets to reach the Super Bowl than the Lions.

People are stupid. But the Ford family could make a smart decision, for once, if they fired Dan Campbell.

“It was the worst of the season overall as a team. That falls on me,” mentioned Campbell on Sunday. Detroit (1-4) fell 29-0 to the Patriots (2-3) and third-string rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe within the first get started of his occupation.

“I believe we’ve hit rock bottom, now it’s time to get back up,” he added.

Coming into Sunday, the Lions had already confirmed simply how dangerous issues had gotten in Detroit. “We’re going to look at everything. We’re going to look at it all, top to bottom,” Campbell mentioned about his protection after shedding 48-45 to the Seahawks at house. However, that three-point loss, and the opposite video games that they’d “been in” didn’t inform the entire tale of simply how mind-boggling of a season the Lions were having prior to Sunday. Check this out from The Athletic:

“The Lions have (had) scored 140 points through four games — the most in the NFL. Opponents have scored 141 against Detroit — also the most in the NFL. Those 281 points are the most combined by any team through the first four weeks of a season. The Lions became just the 30th team in the Super Bowl era to score 140-plus points in its first four games. They’re the first of that bunch to post a losing record.”

After Campbell misplaced to the fellow who used to have his activity — Matt Patricia went again to being an assistant with the Patriots after going 13-29-1 throughout his tenure as head trainer of the Lions — issues by some means were given worse. Detroit by some means controlled to pass 0-6 on fourth down, which is the worst single-game fourth-down efficiency in league historical past. They additionally set a franchise file by way of permitting 170 issues of their first 5 video games of the season, which is worse than the 169 issues that the 3-13 2002 workforce allowed.

Campbell had it all wrong. This isn’t rock bottom for the Lions. Rock bottom occurred when the team fired Jim Caldwell and hired Patricia, and then him.

“At the end of the day, it’s wanting to take this team to the next level,” mentioned former Lions GM Bob Quinn on why he fired Caldwell. “To me, that’s winning championships, that’s winning playoff games and that’s winning the Super Bowl.”

Caldwell used to be coming off his 2d consecutive 9-7 season on the time he used to be let pass, however to the brass in Detroit that wasn’t excellent sufficient. Caldwell had a .563 p.c profitable share in his four-year tenure, which used to be higher than any Lions trainer within the final 60-plus years. He additionally took Detroit to the playoffs two times and gained 11 video games in his first season.

Since then, under Patricia and Campbell, the Lions have gone 6-10, 3-12-1, 5-11, 3-13-1, and are now 1-4. That’s 18-50-2.

When Janet Jackson used a Joni Mitchell sample in 1997 to sing about not knowing what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, she was foreshadowing the horrendous coaching decisions the Ford family would make in the future.

However, Campbell’s incompetence isn’t the only reason why he should be fired. Timing plays a big part in this, given what’s going on in the NFL, as Brian Flores’ class-action lawsuit against the league for its racist hiring practices hovers over the NFL. But, before you go thinking that I’m bringing race into the equation, I’m not. The Lions did when they moved the goalpost for Caldwell and lowered the bar for Patricia and Campbell.

A recent report from the Washington Post examined three decades of data that showed that since 1990 only 11 percent of full-time head coaches have been Black, as there have been 154 White coaches during that time frame compared to just 20 Black. It also revealed that Black coaches who win at least nine games are fired just as often as White coaches who only win at least six. Sadly, Caldwell — and numerous other competent Black coaches — makeup that stat.

Jim Caldwell — a man that’s won two Super Bowls as an assistant, and appeared in one as a head coach — is currently without a job on the sidelines in the NFL. And if the Detroit Lions truly want to stop being a joke, it means that they should start by swallowing their pride. Firing Dan Campbell and apologizing to Caldwell would be a start. Besides, asking Caldwell if he would be interested in coming back couldn’t hurt.

But if that were to happen, I hope Caldwell would ignore their call. Karma is a motherf*cker.

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