Sean Payton jokes about Dan Campbell's first press conference as Lions coach


New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he watched his now former tight ends coach Dan Campbell’s introductory press conference and had a note for his former staff member.

“Dan Campbell’s press conference took the better part of an hour and a half so I had to send him a text on that,” Payton joked. “Maybe that was just because of Zoom.”

Jokes aside, Payton said he thought Campbell did a great job and will do a good job as the Lions coach.

“You guys that have been around him understand his passion,” Payton said.

Campbell has spent the past five seasons serving as the Saints tight ends coach. He’d previously served as the Miami Dolphins interim head coach in 2015 and was a member of the Miami staff for the previous four seasons.

Prior to coaching, Campbell played 11 seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants (1999-2002), Dallas Cowboys (2003-05), Detroit Lions (2006-08) and Saints (2009).

Campbell replaced Matt Patricia as Lions head coach. Patricia went 13-29-1 in three seasons.