Report: Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell to interview for Lions opening

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Dan Campbell has coached the New Orleans Saints tight ends for a few years while owning the assistant head coach title, and he’s now getting a chance to show what he’s learned on Sean Payton’s staff. The Detroit Lions have scheduled an interview with him for their head coach opening, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

But he’s just one member of a crowded field, and his interview is scheduled after a week of meetings between the Lions and many other deserving candidates.

Campbell was coached himself by Payton as a player with the Dallas Cowboys and in New Orleans, though he suffered a season-ending injury in training camp before the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV-winning campaign. After hanging up his cleats in retirement, Campbell later rose to prominence as the Miami Dolphins interim coach in 2015, when he led Miami to a 5-7 record after replacing fired head coach Joe Philbin.

He’s since returned to New Orleans to learn all he can as a coach, and now he has a chance at running his team. It’ll be interesting to see how much attention he commands during the NFL’s hiring cycle. While you always hate to lose valued members of the organization, it would be good to see Payton’s coaching tree continue to grow.

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