Dan Campbell starts his day coaching the Detroit Lions with an unholy amount of caffeine
Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell brings to the organization a tenacity and energy they lacked under Matt Patricia’s previous regime. Campbell was a tenacious player and it looks like he will bring the same mentality to his job as head coach. At Lions training camp, Campbell revealed to reporters the secret to his energetic demeanor: tons of caffeine.
Detroit Lions Head Coach Dan Campbell is all about energy
Campbell played 10 seasons as a tight end in the NFL before becoming the leader of the Lions in 2021. He was physically imposing at 6-5, 265 pounds, but was never the biggest player, the strongest or fastest in the field.
The reason Campbell stayed as long as he did was because of his energy. He was a tenacious blocker and his best seasons were with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys in the early 2000s. On those teams, Campbell did the dirty work of freeing Jeremy Shockey and Jason Witten.
Former Texas A&M Aggie has also shown this energy in his coaching career. He was the tight ends coach and interim head coach of the Miami Dolphins. He was also the assistant head coach at New Orleans before his gig with the Lions.
Campbell has yet to coach a game for Detroit, but started his tenure with a forceful press conference. “We’re going to kick you in the teeth, and when you punch us, we’ll smile at you,” Campbell said. “And when you knock us down, we’re going to get up.” And on the way up, we’re going to tear off a kneecap.
Campbell drinks a lot of strong coffee to jumpstart that energy
To crank up his engine in the morning and fuel the Detroit Lions’ practice, Campbell recently shared his morning drink routine:
Normally what I do is get two Venti – I will [to], you know, at Starbucks – and get two Venti of the Pike, with two shots in it. So black eye in both [pouring shots sounds]. This is what I come with. This is how I start the day.
Dan Campbell on his coffee habits
A Starbucks Venti Hot is 20 ounces, so it’s a 40 ounce. start the day for Campbell. With the two shots of espresso in each, ESPN’s Mina Kimes felt Twitter that both drinks add up to 1200 mg of caffeine.
An average cup of coffee contains around 95 mg of caffeine. This means Campbell kicks off each day at Lions Camp with the equivalent of about 12 cups of coffee.
Several other NFL head coaches have played in the league
Campbell isn’t the only NFL head coach to have played in the league.
Ron Rivera of Washington played nine seasons with the Chicago Bears and was part of the legendary 85-team that won the Super Bowl. Frank Reich spent 13 seasons in the league as a QB substitute, primarily with the Buffalo Bills.
His greatest fame as a player is that he led the greatest comeback in NFL history (32 points). It happened when the Bills came back against the Houston Oilers in the 1992 AFC Wild Card game. Kliff Kingsbury of Arizona was a sixth-round pick but only played one game with the New York Jets.
Mike Vrabel of Tennessee is probably the current most successful player-to-head coach. In 14 seasons, the rushing linebacker had a Pro Bowl and a First-Team All-Pro. He has also appeared in four Super Bowls and won three with the New England Patriots.
Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears and Zac Taylor of the Cincinnati Bengals never played in the NFL, but served as quarterbacks for the Arena League and the Canadian Football League, respectively.
Saints coach Sean Payton played quarterback in both leagues and briefly played in the NFL as a replacement during the player’s strike of 1987, according to nola.com.
All statistics are courtesy of Professional football benchmark
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