It feels like there's going to be some debating about Dan Campbell's in-game decision making this week. On more than one occasion during Sunday's NFC Championship, Campbell's decision to go for it on 4th down backfired, leaving the Lions without points on multiple drives when, until the very end of the 4th quarter, it was a one-possession game. It wouldn't be the first time that Campbell's been criticized for game management, and Twitter was quick to dunk on him in the immediate aftermath of their 34-30 loss. First it was for ignoring their kicker:
And there were a lot of blackjack jokes:
And while plenty of people defended Campbell's commitment to the style of coaching that got him the NFC Championship game, when he decided to run the ball on third down – with only a minute left – while still down two possessions, even his staunchest defenders didn't really have much to defend:
So yeah, not a good night to be Dan Campbell on Twitter. And really, probably not a good night to be Dan Campbell anywhere, but definitely not on Twitter. Prepare for a week of non-stop debates about 4th down, kicking, and analytics, all of it being yelled so much louder than you expect.