I looked at the last 10 years of Lions records for the month of December and January. Before I did it, I had this feeling that the Lions had fizzled for the most part in this part of the year. Here is what I found:
2020: 1-4 (Patricia Fired, this is actually Bevell’s record)
2017: 3-2 (Caldwell Fired)
2016: 2-4 (playoff loss included)
2014: 3-2 (playoff loss included)
2013: 0-4 (Schwartz Fired)
2011: 3-3 (playoff loss included)
Observations: Not surprisingly, Caldwell was pretty steady at the end of the season. Only one time did he falter at the end of the season, and that was his best team. (Which is why the division win drought continues). Patricia only got to December twice with the team, doing poorly in both seasons. “His” team also went 1-4 after he was fired. Schwartz’s first two years aren’t in this sample size, but you can see that his last two years led to his firing.
Oh, and the last time the Lions won all of December, not counting playoffs?: 1995.
And the last time they won all of December, including the playoffs: 1957.
All that being said, you can throw ‘end of season success’ on the pile of all the things Campbell has already done better than his predecessor.