The Colts are putting a second list of coaching candidates together, and they will be taking a close look at Dan Campbell to fill their new head coaching vacancy.
I would consider Frank Reich to be the favorite to win the Colts head coaching job in their second search of the offseason, but they will reportedly bring in Dan Campbell to interview for the job as well.
Dan Campbell spent 10 season as an NFL tight end with the Giants, Cowboys, Lions, and Saints. Campbell began his coaching career as an intern with the Miami Dolphins in 2010, and he was immediately promoted to the tight ends coach position in Miami in 2011.
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Campbell took over as the Dolphins’ interim head coach in 2015 after they fired Joe Philbin following the Richie Incognito bullying situation.
Miami came out of the gates strong under Campbell with two wins in his first two games, but the Dolphins ended up going 5-7 under Campbell’s watch that year.
Campbell was relieved of his duties with the Dolphins after that season. He joined the Saints’ staff as their tight ends coach with an additional title of assistant head coach in 2016, and he’s been in New Orleans for the past two seasons.
Campbell is known as a tough football guy around the league, and that is evidenced by his 10-year career as a hard-nosed tight end. He’s not particularly known for his knowledge of X’s and O’s as he’s viewed as more of a motivator.
I don’t think coaches in Campbell’s mold succeed in today’s intellectual NFL. I would be pretty underwhelmed if the Colts decide to hire Dan Campbell.