In a move first reported by the Chicago Tribune, the Bears announced the hiring of Joe DeCamillis as the team’s special teams coordinator Wednesday evening. DeCamillis will replace Dave Toub, who received permission from the team to explore other options and took the same position in Kansas City with his mentor Andy Reid.
DeCamillis spoke directly to the Tribune regarding the hire saying, “They’ve got players there—real, live NFL special teams players all the way throughout. I am excited.”
DeCamillis spent four years with Dallas Cowboys and is a well-respected NFL coach/assistant, and he interviewed for the Bears' vacant head coaching position with G.M. Phil Emery, although was never considered a finalist.
A friend and colleague of mine, who covers the NFL, and just so happens to be a Dallas Cowboys fan, told me this of DeCamillis: “Absolutely love him. He’s such a great motivator and always gets the best out of his players. He deserves a big shot.”
Clarence Hill, who covers the Cowboys for the Star-Telegram down in Dallas, told me this: “He’s a very hard worker, and he holds players accountable. He’s the most vitriolic coach on the Cowboys staff.”
Here’s what else you need to know about Camillis: Phil Emery and him worked together in Atlanta for three years. Emery was director of college scouting, DeCamillis special teams coach.
Another interesting nugget, although unrelated to his coaching experience, is that DeCamillis’ father-in-law is Dan Reeves. Reeves, a former player turned coach who participated in more Super Bowls than anyone in history (9) as either a player or a coach.
Bottom line is that, in this writer’s mind, if a coach existed in the NFL to try and fill the shoes Dave Toub will leave behind, DeCamillis is likely that coach.