Dan Campbell offers a message to Lions fans after the rough loss in Week 3

After a disheartening loss in Detroit that drew more than a few "Same Old Lions" chants from many fans and media (both local and national), head coach Dan Campbell offered a few words of encouragement.
During his press conference Monday at team headquarters in Allen Park, Campbell was asked if he had anything to say to long-suffering fans. Campbell played in Detroit during the Matt Millen era, so he's well aware of the agony of defeat.
Quick takeaways from the Lions' Week 3 loss to the Vikings
Here's what Campbell had to say:
"Yes, listen, I understand the road that everyone has walked. Listen, I'm not sweating. I don't sweat, this team doesn't sweat. We have a long season. You look at this league, and it happens that way every year, and I feel like what happens to you at the beginning of the season is — it really shapes who you're going to be throughout the season and at the end of the season. Successful are those who survive the adversity of the season, the ups and downs, and just stay in the race. And that's all we have to worry about is our own - we just have to - let's clean up all the little bugs.
And I told them, I said, 'Look, failure isn't failure unless you don't learn from it.' So that was a tough question. We were two points ahead. Should have won that game, but you know what, we didn't earn the right to win that game. Minnesota did, and we need to look long and hard in the mirror and fix those mistakes. And it's not an excuse, but we're still young and we have some guys who, although they're not old players, haven't played much football or aren't young players. I didn't play much football.
So we have to learn from it, and we have to move on and do better next time it comes up, but I'm not – listen, this is not the time to panic. This is not the time to worry. This is time to do exactly what we have been doing from Philly to Washington. Let's just get better. Let's just focus on the small details, that's what it's all about.”
Let's focus on the second paragraph for a second. Campbell made a critical statement
"Failure is not failure if you don't learn from it."
This is where previous Detroit regimes dropped the ball. Dealing with failure is painful, as Campbell well knows. But the ability to build from the mistakes and learn from the mistakes, implementing changes that will help prevent further losses down the road, that's where Campbell can be a difference maker for the Lions. It starts with the coach himself and his mistakes in making in-game decisions.
Story originally appeared on Lions Wire
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