Dan Campbell of Detroit Lions not worried about 49ers: “It’s about us”


The Detroit Lions open the 2021 season in 95 days, but the last thing head coach Dan Campbell thinks about so far is their Week 1 opponent, the San Francisco 49ers.

“We have to get our house in order before we can think of San Francisco, I know that,” Campbell said Wednesday ahead of the Lions’ second mandatory minicamp practice.

In an offseason truncated by COVID-19, the Lions have wasted precious time in the classroom and on the pitch installing their new offensive and defensive systems.

They did not have the voluntary early spring minicamp this is usual for teams with new coaches, and they close the formal portion of their offseason program on Thursday, after two weeks of organized team activities and three minicamp practices.

Detroit Lions president and CEO Rod Wood, left, and head coach Dan Campbell watch an NFL football practice in Allen Park, Mich. On Thursday, June 3, 2021.

OTAs typically last three weeks, after a month of in-person conditioning and light Phase 2 practices.

Quarterback Jared Goff has hosted several pitching sessions with receivers in California to help smooth the learning curve, and he said he’ll likely have at least one more before training camp opens next month.

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“It’s a constant work in progress,” Goff said. “We obviously have work to do and every time you’re in a new attack with a new pattern and new players and everything, there is always work and there is still work to do – a ton of work to do. But we have our eyes on the 49ers. End this week strong and get ready for training camp. “

The 49ers, with a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo as quarterback and the return of injured stars George Kittle and Nick Bosa, are expected to enter the season as one of the favorites to win the NFC.

The actions of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo have plummeted since the start of the NFC title game in January 2020. The 49ers have used the No. 3 pick on his eventual replacement, Trey Lance of the State of North Dakota.

They went 6-10 last season and finished last in the ultra-competitive NFC West, but reached the Super Bowl a year earlier, where they lost a 10-point fourth-quarter lead against the Kansas Chiefs. City.

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The Lions have just had three consecutive losing seasons, and Campbell, in his first full-time job as a head coach, said his “sole focus is to fundamentally improve these guys in what we’re trying to do. offensively and defensively “. now.

“Look, we’re expanding some of this stuff with our guys, some of these guys that we think can help us or guys that we think can create a split or potentially incompatible players, we’re starting to expand what we think is going on. ‘They can do a little bit or see where we can take them, if you want, “Campbell said.” But right now, man, that’s where we’re at. Let’s get our guys in place. It will be time to start working on San Fran, and for now it’s all about us. “

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