The Lions’ locker room roiled with joy, and in the middle of it all, head coach Dan Campbell held court, his voice as shredded as a torn jersey.
“Dude, how electric was it out there?” he bellowed, after the Lions had beaten the Los Angeles Rams for Detroit’s first playoff victory in 30 years. “I’m telling you what. It doesn’t get any better. It’s everything you dreamed of and more.”
And then Campbell took a moment to recognize two individuals who had brought Detroit to this ecstatic moment. The first was general manager Brad Holmes. The second: a guy whom Holmes brought to Detroit and Campbell turned loose on the NFL.