While interim Detroit Lions head coach Darrell Bevell doesn’t have a lot to work with, Bevell preached a new energy all week in preparation for division rival Chicago, wanting his players to have as much fun as possible.

By the end of Sunday’s game in Chicago, Bevell had his team looking better, and having fun, as the Lions beat the host Bears, coming away with a 34-30 win.

The Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia after Thanksgiving and promoted Bevell to the post for the time being. It is nice to see him shine in his first start as the interim.

Bevell went undrafted in 1996 out of Wisconsin, where he was the Badgers quarterback. While he never played in the NFL, he joined the league as the Packers’ assistant quarterbacks coach from 2003-05.

Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress gave Bevell his first offensive coordinator job the next season, where he stayed until 2010 before moving to Seattle from 2011-17. He was out of coaching during 2018 and then came to Detroit in 2019.