Former Cowboys TE Dan Campbell the 'favorite' to become Lions head coach


It looks like the Lions' next head coach will be one of the Cowboys former tight ends: Dan Campbell.

The Glen Rose native, who's been an assistant head coach/tight ends coach of the Saints since 2016, has 'emerged as the favorite' to land the head coaching job in Detroit, according to the NFL Network.

A formal agreement can't be reached until the Saints' season is over. New Orleans plays Tampa Bay in the divisional round of the playoffs on Sunday.

Campbell, 44, interviewed virtually with the Lions on Monday, prior to the team hiring Brad Holmes as GM. He has 'impressed with his leadership' in New Orleans, per Ian Rapoport, helping the Saints to four straight division titles.

The Lions are also spending Friday interviewing Buccaneers' defensive coordinator Todd Bowles -- their first interview under Holmes -- so the process isn't necessarily over.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks in 2010, Campbell enjoyed an 11-year playing career in the NFL. He played 19 games for the Lions from 2006-08, catching four touchdowns in his first season. The team won 10 games in that span.

Campbell will be hoping for better results as head coach.

Campbell, a Texas A&M alum, spent three seasons with the Cowboys from 2003-2005.