Dan Campbell’s speeches make you want ‘to punch a guy in the face for no reason’

It’s not just kneecaps opponents have to worry about when playing Dan Campbell-coached teams.

One of Campbell’s former players with the New Orleans Saints said Campbell, now the Detroit Lions head coach, had him ready to disfigure a different body part.

“Dan, he’s awesome,” Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater told reporters Wednesday. “His energy is contagious and I’m pretty sure those players in Detroit love playing for him. I was able to spend those two years with him in New Orleans and the things that he was able to do with those tight ends in that room — whenever he stood in front of the team and talked, you’re ready to just storm out of that meeting and punch a guy in the face for no reason.”

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell gives speeches that make you want to “punch a guy in the face for no reason,” Teddy Bridgewater said.

Bridgewater played the 2018-19 seasons in New Orleans, when Campbell was the team’s assistant head coach and tight ends coach.

He spent last season with the Carolina Panthers and was traded to Denver this offseason — after the Lions turned down a chance to acquire him as part of a trade for Matthew Stafford.

Stafford had a short list of preferred trade destinations that did not include Carolina. The Lions sent him to the Los Angeles Rams for three draft picks and quarterback Jared Goff. The Panthers offered Bridgewater and first- and fifth-round picks in 2021.

In 12 games with the Broncos (6-6) this season, Bridgewater has thrown for 2,775 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Teddy Bridgewater because I think he’s a winner in this league,” Campbell said. “Man, he’ll hurt you in play-action pass. He’s going to be smart with the football. Even what happened last week (in the Broncos’ loss to the Chiefs), they can possess the ball. We’ve got our hands full defensively.”

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