The Detroit Lions dominated the Carolina Panthers 42-24, and the performance was impressive start to finish.
Detroit's offense looked solid, and their defense forced three turnovers. Dan Campbell was very pleased with the result after the game.
Speaking in the locker room, Campbell shared his excitement for the Lions handling business against the Panthers. He also took time to give left tackle Taylor Decker a special shout out for his 100th start.
Campbell praised Decker for being just the fourth offensive tackle to achieve the feat with the Lions, and for being a long-tenured member of the franchise. He gave Decker a game ball.
Decker, who's played for the Lions since being drafted in 2016, also had a special message for his teammates and coaches:
"This means a lot to me. This organization, when they brought me in, it was to be an (expletive) winner, man. And now that we're doing that, it feels so (expletive) good. I feel the best I've ever felt in my career regardless of all the ball I've played because man, it feels so good to be a part of something special. So I appreciate all of you guys."
It was a special way for Campbell to pay tribute to Decker, one of the key cogs for the Lions over the last several years.
Dan Campbell impressed with Detroit Lions' ability to stay hungry
Enjoying wins is something that comes with a fine balance. As Campbell has said, he wants the Lions to always stay hungry.
After the game, the coach told the media how he sees his players not only as hungry to win, but also hungry to improve and taste bigger success.
"I think these guys are hungry. I just think that they smell the wins. They enjoy winning like anybody would, but they also understand what it takes to win and what we're doing to win these games. From that standpoint, I think they want more. I think we want more and I think when you have that, you're always on the hunt."
A player like Decker epitomize that mindset perfectly. Now that he is getting a taste of success, he only seems more appreciative and motivated.