Dan Campbell weighs in on the Aubrey Pleasant-Jeff Okudah sideline situation
TV cameras captured an intense moment between DB manager Aubrey Pleasant and cornerback Jeff Okudah on the Detroit Lions sideline in Week 1. Pleasant ripped briskly in Okudah after the CB allowed a long-year TD pass to 49ers WR Deebo Samuel, with the coach pleading Okudah to "do your job".
The look of Pleasant attacking Okudah caught national attention, forcing Lions head coach Dan Campbell to grapple with it. Campbell was asked about the ticket in Detroit in an interview with 97.1 on Tuesday.
"Something happened on the sidelines," said Campbell in his weekly spot. “It's high emotions, man, it's high stress. There is - and sometimes it is sometimes the only way to communicate. You have to get through, you have to break that barrier and sometimes there are players and coaches, if you get a blast you can finally get some work done now if that makes sense. And it just happens that way, of course. I don't want to be disturbed, but at the same time I know that things were tidied up afterwards and that's how it is sometimes. "
Much national media outlets, and some local ones in Detroit, sadly, have overlooked, or entirely ignored the scene where Pleasant warmly hugged Okudah after chewing it to make sure the young cornerback understood that he was respected and appreciated. Okudah's Achilles injury at the end of the season put the spotlight on the confrontational part of interacting with Pleasant and obscured the coaching aspect of hard love.
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