Jan 13, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight end coach Dan Campbell during pregame of a NFC Divisional playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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Report: Lions plan to name Dan Campbell as coach

Former Detroit Lions tight end Dan Campbell is expected to be the team’s next head coach, ESPN reported on Sunday.

Campbell, 44, currently is the New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach.

The Saints were eliminated from the playoffs following a 30-20 setback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. With their season officially having come to an end, the Lions are free to make their move.

Campbell would take over the role formerly held by Matt Patricia. The Lions fired Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn on Nov. 28.

Campbell played at Texas A&M and was selected by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played with the Giants through 2002, then with the Dallas Cowboys (2003-05) and Lions (2006-08). He was part of the Lions’ 2008 team that finished 0-16.

He retired after playing 114 games (76 starts), in which he caught 91 passes for 934 yards with 11 touchdowns.

The Miami Dolphins hired him as tight ends coach in 2011, and after Joe Philbin was fired in 2015, Campbell was named interim head coach, posting a 5-7 record.

He joined Sean Payton’s coaching staff in New Orleans in 2016.

The Lions have interviewed Campbell virtually as well as interim head coach Darrell Bevell, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, currently the defensive coordinator at Arizona State.

They also interviewed San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Robert Saleh, who was hired by the New York Jets, as well as Arthur Smith, who was set to interview in person on Friday. That meeting was canceled after he reportedly was offered the Atlanta Falcons’ head coaching job.

–Field Level Media

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