Mailbag: Will the Detroit Lions’ collaborative coaching style actually work?

This week, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell came under fire from national media personalities for wearing a racing helmet to start his Thursday press conference. The beef was that the great NFL coaches wouldn’t be caught to death doing something so stupid or, in their words, a stunt for “stupid people.”

Many wondered if Campbell was the right person for the job from the second he stepped on the podium and talked about the kneecaps. Given the recent proliferation of perceived geniuses like Sean McVay, Bill Belichick, and Andy Reid, Campbell’s “awkward” antics (again, their words), don’t fit this trend.

But is there a chance the Lions will do well by going against the grain. Right now, the Lions coaching setup seems to be quite unique. Instead of trying to emulate another franchise…a failed strategy the Lions time and again – Detroit takes a collaborative approach. Campbell may not have a brilliant plan in mind, but he has a promising defensive coordinator. He may not design the most complex offensive plays, but he has a fairly respected former head coach as offensive coordinator. Campbell seems ready and willing to let those coaches coach while he stays on the sidelines. Or, as he put it earlier this offseason, “A true alpha knows when it’s time to concede for the good of the team.”

Could this collaborative approach work? Is there a real example of another team even trying this? What if these coaches end up being removed from another team? Would the Lions be able to maintain this harmonious working relationship?

It was one of the biggest topics in this week’s locker room Q&A with Lions fans. Other questions include:

  • How will the Lions wide receiver group play out? Is there a chance they’ll be better than last year’s unit?
  • Will Brad Holmes play the compensatory choice game every year?
  • Are we buying the Tracy Walker hype? What role will he play?
  • Detail the specifics of the defense of the Lions
  • Any concerns about moving Trey Flowers to an outside linebacker

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