Detroit Lines Head coach Dan Campbell is known as one of the most passionate coaches in the NFL. His leadership has helped turn the Lions around.

The team advanced to the franchise’s second NFC Championship Game last month.

Despite entering the locker room at halftime with a 24-7 lead San Francisco 49ers, Detroit lost by three points. But Lions Pro Bowl pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson revealed that Campbell shared a bold prediction with the team shortly after the loss.

“The day after that in our exit meetings, he’s like, ‘We’re going to the Super Bowl next year.’ Radio Queue in Las Vegas,” Hutchinson said during an interview with NBC Sports at Super Bowl LVIII’s.


Dan Campbell in Detroit

Detroit Lions’ Dan Campbell during the second half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on January 7, 2024 in Detroit. (Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)

The Lions retained both of their coordinators, which should help Detroit’s championship quest next season. Ben Johnson And Aaron Glenn interviewed with other teams for head coaching positions, but both assistants will remain with the Lions.

Johnshon recently finished his second season as the team’s offensive coordinator. The 37-year-old was the architect of one of the best offenses in the NFL in 2023. Since Johnson was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2022, the Lions have averaged the fourth-most points per game in the league.

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He served as the team’s pass game coordinator in 2021. Detroit’s 387.4 yards per game was a league best.

Aidan Hutchinson and Dean Campbell

Detroit Lions’ Aidan Hutchinson (97) and head coach Dan Campbell react after a fourth quarter safety during the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on November 19, 2023 in Detroit. (Gregory Shams/Getty Images)

Rookies Jameer Gibbs And Sam LaPorta thrived in his first season in Johnson’s offense. Both players received the Rookie of the Year award. Johnson successfully made creative plays throughout the season, and four Lions players finished the year with 500 or more yards.

Lions general manager Brad Holmes will be in charge of making changes to prepare the 2024 roster as close to the Super Bowl as possible. If the Lions fulfill Campbell’s promise, it will mark the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl appearance.

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