Dan Campbell Tells Players Team Is Going to Super Bowl in 2024
Dan Campbell may have inadvertently sent the wrong message to the Detroit Lions fanbase after the team was defeated by the San Francisco 49ers.
Campbell expressed publicly after a stunning loss that he told his team after the game it may have been their only shot to play in a Super Bowl.
While he elaborated he does not actually believe that, players on the roster wondered if their only chance to win a Lombardi Trophy had already come and gone.
Aidan Hutchinson, appearing on Pro Football Talk on radio row, expressed that Detroit’s head man changed his tune quickly in exit interviews.
The former No. 2 overall pick expressed Campbell was passionate and expressed the team will do whatever it takes to advance to the Super Bowl in 2024.
“I think he, as we all were, was emotional after that game,” said Hutchinson. “I don’t know if he meant those things completely, because in our exit meetings the day after, he’s like, ‘We’re going to the Super Bowl next year!’ Like, ‘Screw it!’ Like, ‘I don’t care what it takes!’
You kind of hear that after the game and you get a little discouraged because you’re like, ‘Do you think that was our only shot?’ I think it was just an emotional thing. I get it because it’s like you have this 22-week season and you’re so close and you just miss out.
“You’re like, ‘God, it took a lot to get here,’ but I understand. The next day, he kind of came in and gave us this speech that we’re like, we’re all ready to play again right now,” Hutchinson continued.
“I felt like on that Monday, and I believe it too, because all the players that we have that are talented on our team are so young and we have so many more years all playing together.”