Lions' Dan Campbell on Tremendous Bowl-or-bust season: 'I don't know what bust is'

by Christina S. Brown
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Dan Campbell’s Detroit Lions had been one half away from reaching their first Tremendous Bowl in franchise historical past earlier than blowing a 17-point result in the San Francisco 49ers in final 12 months’s NFC Championship Recreation. 

The Lions — contemporary off a 12-5 season and with each key participant returning — have even increased expectations heading into the 2024 season, even with the division rival Inexperienced Bay Packers lurking and the Chicago Bears retooled. Nonetheless, the Lions’ eternally energetic chief shot down hypothesis that he is viewing it as a Tremendous Bowl-or-bust season for Detroit. 

“I do not see bust,” Campbell instructed reporters Thursday. “I see Tremendous Bowl. I do not know what the ‘bust’ is.”

The Lions have spent this offseason securing their strengths and shoring up their largest weak point from final season. Detroit retooled its cornerback place by buying veteran Carlton Davis in a commerce with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and deciding on Alabama’s Terrion Arnold and Missouri’s Ennis Rakestraw Jr. with its first two picks within the 2024 NFL Draft.

The Lions additionally handed main extensions to a few key gamers — quarterback Jared Goff, offensive lineman Penei Sewell and huge receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. In addition they prolonged the contracts of Campbell and normal supervisor Brad Holmes.

“You have to set your self up — no completely different than final 12 months — there [are] sure issues you have to do to essentially make that legitimate, make {that a} actuality,” Campbell stated. “In the end, that is what we wish to do. Now to try this, you want to get your self the most effective odds you may. You should win the division, you want to get the most effective seeding you presumably can. 

“How do you do this? You begin with the place we’re at now.”

Campbell went on to reward his crew’s efficiency in offseason crew actions (OTAs). “They’re grinding. They’re working. We’re in good condition. We’re robust. We’re bodily. We’re explosive, and we’re simply to start with of this.”

The Lions are at the moment tied with the Cincinnati Bengals for the fourth-shortest odds, at +1300, to win Tremendous Bowl LIX.

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