The Detroit Lions have their eyes on New Orleans Saints tight ends coach Dan Campbell for their head coaching vacancy.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Campbell, who played for the Lions in the 2000s, has become a leading candidate for Detroit's top job.

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Rapoport noted Campbell had been an interim head coach with the Miami Dolphins during the 2015 season, going 5-7 after replacing Joe Philbin in Week 4.

The Lions appear to have a concerted interest in adding Campbell.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported Detroit was scheduled to meet with Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, but that meeting was canceled given the Lions were unlikely to hire him. One can't help but wonder if this means their focus has been narrowed strictly to Campbell.

As previously mentioned, Campbell spent three years with the Lions at the end of his playing career, even starting in 11 of 16 games in 2006. He appears to be closing in on a return to the Motor City.

There had been some speculation the Lions would look to hire San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who hails from Dearborn, Michigan. But the New York Jets jumped at the opportunity to hire Saleh, and the Lions are moving quickly to nab the next guy on their radar.

It is not a surprise to hear Detroit is after a strong leadership type in Campbell. Former head coach Matt Patricia had numerous issues with his own players and established a bit of a toxic culture.

Should he get the job, Campbell will have to set a new tone in an effort to bring about more of a winning culture.