Santa Claus will put coal in your stocking, however Dan Campbell will put a pink slip in your locker in your birthday.
The Lions reduce lengthy snapper Don Muhlbach on Tuesday, the identical day he turned 40 years outdated. Muhlbach performed 17 seasons with the Lions, totaling 260 video games performed – second in franchise historical past solely to longtime kicker Jason Hanson.
The birthday spoiler just isn’t precisely an appreciative manner for the first-year coach Campbell and first-year common supervisor Brad Holmes to deal with well-respected, longtime Lions.
“There’s no option to sugarcoat that,” Campbell mentioned, in line with the Detroit Free-Press. “I’m an a–gap, in order that’s about one of the best ways to place it.”
Muhlbach was made conscious of the Lions’ plan earlier than it grew to become public, in line with the report. He made the Professional Bowl in 2012 and 2018 however has been changed by a youthful Scott Daly.
Lions teammates have been celebrating Mulbach’s milestone birthday within the locker room, in line with pictures on social media. Tuesday additionally occurred to be the deadline for NFL groups to drop their preseason rosters from 90 to 85 gamers – and Muhlbach didn’t make the reduce.
“There’s no manner round [the business side of the NFL] actually,” Campbell mentioned. “Yeah, you possibly can say there may be, however in the end that falls on me. It’s my fault. And Don’s a hell of a dude. That sucks, however it’s what it’s.”
Campbell, a former Giants tight finish, has been a residing, respiratory soundbite ever since he was employed by the Lions in January and mentioned his group could be so robust that it will “chew a kneecap off.”