Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett really wanted to add Dan Campbell to his coaching staff, but he lost out to Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN.
After the job that he did as the interim head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Dan Campbell raised his stock in the NFL, as a lot of teams were highly interested in bringing him on board.
Dan Campbell went 5-7 and impressed a lot of people in the NFL, but the Miami Dolphins felt that it would better to stimulate the fan base by signing Adam Gase, a hot candidate.
Adam Gase really had no choice but to let Dan Campbell go because he does not want to have to look over his shoulders with players who really wanted Campbell to get the job.
Mike Pouncey, the three-time Pro Bowl center for the Miami Dolphins, was especially vocal towards him teammates about playing harder so that Dan Campbell would get the job.
Many in the NFL felt that Dan Campbell could be someone that can be groomed into a head coach in the future. They also feel that his toughness could also brush off on the players.
Four teams in the NFL that were reportedly interested in bringing Dan Campbell on board include the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings.
Jason Garrett really wanted Dan Campbell. Garrett knows fully about how tough Campbell is as the two of them were once teammates when they both played for the New York Giants.
The big problem for Jason Garrett, however, was the fact that the Dallas Cowboys could not offer Dan Campbell and his ambition enough room on the coaching staff to grow his value.
Dan Campbell could not be the assistant head coach for the Dallas Cowboys because special teams coordinator and 32-year veteran Rich Bisaccia already owns that title for the team.
Mike Pope is already under contract as the tight ends coach, but that doesn’t seem to be something that Dan Campbell would be interested in because it is a step backwards for him.
Dan Campbell was an excellent blocker as a tight end, but he might not know enough blocking techniques to be the offensive line coach, a position currently held by Frank Pollack.
Offensive coordinator would definitely be a step up for Dan Campbell since he has never been a coordinator before in his career, but Scott Linehan has a stranglehold on the position.
Dan Campbell also has a strong connection to the Dallas area. He was born and raised within 100 miles of the metropolitan area. Plus, he played college football at nearby Texas A&M.
Since the Dallas Cowboys could not give him what he wants, Dan Campbell signed with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, whom he has played for on three NFL teams.
Dan Campbell will serve as the assistant head coach for the New Orleans Saints. He will also take over as the tight ends coach with Dan Roushar being reassigned to another position.
If Dan Campbell can do a good job as assistant head coach and the New Orleans Saints have a better record than this season, then Campbell increases his chances of getting interviews.
Also joining the New Orleans Saints coaching staff is Joe Lombardi, who was recently the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator. He returns to his previous job as quarterbacks coach.
Former NFL defensive back Aaron Glenn is now the new defensive backs coach for the New Orleans Saints, the last team that former Texas A&M Aggies played for before retiring.
The New Orleans Saints are going to groom Dan Campbell now.
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