The Detroit Lions leveled their 2022 record 1-1 after beating the Washington Commanders 36-27 at Ford Field.
“He’s changing the culture,” Fox NFL analyst Sean Payton said of Dan Campbell, his former assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints. “And here’s what you’ll eventually need when you do that. You need some sugar, you need to win. And it’s one thing to win late in a season where the games might all matter, but that’s a meaningful win today because those matter relative to your chances of being in the postseason.
Here’s an example of what was said after the team’s first win of the season.
First half performance: “I think it’s a step in the right direction. We can build on that over the next week. Something that we obviously want to pursue more consistently over the course of a game, but I think it was a step in the right direction.” .”
Regarding cramps: “Yeah, we’re just going to come up with a good plan to combat these… But I know I’ll get up with the nutritionist and we’ll work out a good plan for next week.”
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Attack: “As good as anyone. It’s like you said, we scored 35 points last week, 36 points this week, and you’re still feeling, ‘Ah, but that – but that.’ And I can’t think of a few right away, but that would have really blown the game, and that’s our next step, right? That’s our next step – maybe more A mature team that understands the moment, able to take advantage of those opportunities and capitalize on those opportunities. And that starts with me. I need to hit some of those shots and really get on the same page as these guys. That’s us, just more repetition and making sure we know the sights and everything. That’s mainly me. But, as you say, it’s – we feel good about what we did today. But there’s so much more out there for us.”
In the spotlight are: “It’s very different. I have to thank Bruce (Hector) and (Demetrius Taylor) ‘Meech’ very much. I mean they gave me the best look I could ever want just waiting for the chance like these guys wouldn’t – I wouldn’t have played nearly the way I would have if I hadn’t been all week would have seen the hump, the handshake. I have to give these guys all the credit for just having the opportunity to go out there and see what happens.”
What he did differently in week 2: “You learn from things and move on. I don’t think I played badly in the first game. But definitely I had a lot more opportunities in that game than I felt and I made the most of it. Yes, I think I played well in both games but I definitely made the most of my opportunities in this game.”
When winning: “Listen, it feels good to win. It does, it feels good to win. Because there is a lot of hard work involved. I think the best thing about it is our guys, they have faith in the system, they believe in what we do as coaches and the programs and they believe in how we make them succeed. And they believe in the plan, and they carry out the plan. This is a credit to these guys. They never gave up. They never lost hope and they never will. That’s how we put this team together so they know what we’re capable of. It’s a step in the right direction, but this is one. That’s one.”