Is Detroit Lions’ head coach Dan Campbell in over his head?

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Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell is 4-17-1 as the head man of the Detroit Lions. Is he officially in over his head after a week-five loss?  When Campbell was hired as the new head coach, many across the NFL quickly attached to him.  He’s a true showman.  He knows how to motivate and is excellent in front of a microphone.

He and his kneecap biting allowed many across the NFL to rally around the Lions and simply root for them to figure it out finally.  Trading Matthew Stafford signaled an end of a huge era in their team’s history and welcoming Jared Goff as the new starter proved to be something that was going to take some getting used to.

Should the Detroit Lions give up on Dan Campbell?

Their first season went about as well as expected.  It took them nearly the entire season to notch their first win, and they finished with a 3-13-1 record.  They ranked 25th in scoring offense and 31st in scoring defense.  In his first season, his team was blown out a whopping five times, losing by at least 10 points in those losses.

However, the team has made some notable draft and free agency pickups.  In fact, the Lions have arguably the most complete offensive personnel in the NFL.  Their offensive line is excellent.  They have a great running back, tight end, and a very, very strong core of receivers that features DJ Chark Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds, and soon enough Jameson Williams.

In 2022, the Lions are 1-4 through five games and might be the most exciting 1-4 team in NFL history.  They now have the third-ranked scoring offense under first-year coordinator Ben Johnson but have the 32nd-ranked scoring defense.

The Detroit Lions are currently on pace for 4 wins in 2022, and if they keep the pace that they are on, they’ll finish 4-13.  Of 22 games coached, Dan Campbell has won four of them, which puts him at a winning percentage of .205, which includes a tie.

According to Pro Football Reference, that would rank as tied for the second-worst winning percentage in NFL history by a head coach.

This webpage on their website does not include Campbell, and I assume it’s because he hasn’t coached enough games.  Right now, he and Hue Jackson have the second-worst winning percentages among head coaches in NFL history.

His decision to bring in Ben Johnson as the new offensive coordinator appears to be a good one, but he is currently in a historically bad head coaching position, and I think the Detroit Lions have way more talent than his record indicates.

Is Dan Campbell in over his head?