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Depth in The D

From the Front Office to the Field

Heading into the 2023 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions find themselves in unfamiliar territory. At least that's what it would have been called in years past.

ALLEN PARK, MICHIGAN - JULY 28: Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes (L) and head football coach Dan Campbell talk after the Detroit Lions Training Camp on July 28, 2021 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) (Nic Antaya, 2021 Getty Images)

Today's scenario, however, actually feels like the new normal. In fact, it has almost turned into an expectation of sorts. It is a feeling that is two parts excitement, one part fear for the Lions' Loyal. Excitement for what could be and fear of what has been. For decades, the Detroit Lions have portrayed an existence of futility. Unable to escape a realm of mediocrity. There have been moments of perceived success, nearly all of which have been swiftly stamped out by fantastic failures. Almost as if the organization did not know how to handle success. To be fair, how could success be maintained; without first having been truly achieved? Horrendous history aside, something has changed and something is different. It would be fair to say a lot has changed. Sheila Ford Hamp became Principal Owner and Chair in 2020 and made it clear that she expected results. Strong in her stance, she made good on her word and fired the worst regime to lead the team since the era of Matt Millen and Rod Marinelli. The Detroit Lions now had an immediate need to fill two of their most important positions. She and her team began the search for a new General Manager and a new Head Coach. On January 14, 2021, Brad Holmes was named the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Detroit Lions. For an encore, Sheila and her team appointed Dan Campbell as the 28th Head Coach in franchise history. With the move, Campbell became the fifth former Lions player to hold the position.

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