Vikings need to protect their knees next time they face the Lions

(Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
(Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

For the last three seasons, the Minnesota Vikings haven’t had any trouble defeating the Detroit Lions during each of their two annual matchups.

In fact, the Vikings have come away with a victory during their last seven meetings with the Lions. Things might remain the same in 2021, but Detroit will at least have a different head coach leading the charge.

On Thursday, Dan Campbell was officially introduced as the new head coach of the Lions, and he delivered quite the speech during his introductory press conference.

Should the Minnesota Vikings fear the Detroit Lions now?

The print version of Campbell’s speech from Thursday doesn’t do it any justice, so check out a clip from the video version for yourself to get the full experience.

Interesting doesn’t even begin to describe some of the things that came out of Campbell’s mouth during his press conference. Here are just a few of the most notable statements made by Detroit’s new head coach on Thursday.

  • “We’re going to kick you in the teeth.”
  • “When you punch us back, we’re going to smile at you.”
  • “When you knock us down and on the way up, we’re going to bite a kneecap off.”

The fact that Campbell’s voice is reminiscent to that of the late Andre The Giant adds a whole other level to the speech he made. He legitimately sounds like he’s going to instruct the Lions players to literally rip the heads off of their opponents next season.

No one should be surprised with what Campbell said on Thursday, however, since he just spent the last five years as the assistant head coach for the New Orleans Saints, a team with a history of being overly aggressive and reckless out on the field.

So now, Minnesota should apparently be extra cautious when they face Detroit next season in case a Lions player decides to follow their head coach’s orders and attempts to take a chunk out of one of their knees.

Would it surprise anyone if Campbell thought he was brought to Detroit to be in charge of coaching actual Lions?