Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis takes job with Chicago Bears

Posted Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

Joe DeCamillis spent four seasons in Dallas. The special teams coordinator saw the ups -- a playoff berth in 2009 -- and the downs -- being injured in the practice facility collapse earlier in 2009 -- and he had hoped for more for the Cowboys during his time here.

"It's a storied franchise," DeCamillis said Wednesday. "There are a lot of good people in that building. It's unfortunate that we didn't quite get it done. The last few games you have a chance to win the division two years in a row, and we just couldn't quite get it done. Unfortunate. I wish I could help more. I certainly enjoyed my time there."

DeCamillis was given permission by the Cowboys to leave for Chicago, where he not only will replace Dave Toub as the Bears' special teams coordinator but also will become assistant head coach. Toub left for Andy Reid's staff in Kansas City after failing to land the head coaching job in Chicago.

Toub and DeCamillis were two of the 13 known candidates to interview for Chicago's head coaching job left vacant when Lovie Smith was fired. Canadian Football League coach Marc Trestman was hired for the position Wednesday, and he and DeCamillis spoke soon after.

DeCamillis has ties to Chicago general manager Phil Emery from when both were in Atlanta.

"It's one of the great franchises in the league," said DeCamillis, who had a year left on his contract with Dallas. "They've already got a great tradition on special teams that started quite a while ago, how good they are on special teams. I'm hoping I can help any way I can and hopefully add to it. That's what I'd like to do."

The Oakland Raiders wanted to hire him as assistant head coach/special teams coach last year, but Dallas denied the move. This time, they let DeCamillis go as the revamping of the coaching staff continues.

DeCamillis, 47, is the third assistant coach to leave since the team's 8-8 season ended. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and running backs coach Skip Peete were not retained. Assistant strength and conditioning coach Walt Williams also is moving on.

Tight ends coach John Garrett, the brother of coach Jason Garrett, has been encouraged to seek employment elsewhere. Garrett, the team's tight ends coach since 2007, has applied for the head coaching job at the University of Delaware.

New defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is working on a defensive staff. He is interviewing the team's current defensive assistants, some of whom could return.

Charean Williams

817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Thursday, October 23Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Thursday, October 23Full Scoreboard
Indiana 10/23 7:00 PM ET
Charlotte 
Philadelphia 10/23 7:30 PM ET
Detroit 
Dallas 10/23 8:00 PM ET
New Orleans 
Full Scoreboard
Week 8Full Scoreboard
Thursday
San Diego 8:25 PM ET
Denver TV: CBS/NFL Network
Sunday
Detroit 9:30 AM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
Seattle 1:00 PM ET
Carolina TV: CBS
Baltimore 1:00 PM ET
Cincinnati TV: CBS
Miami 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: CBS
St. Louis 1:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: FOX
Chicago 1:00 PM ET
New England TV: FOX
Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
NY Jets TV: CBS
Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: FOX
Houston 1:00 PM ET
Tennessee TV: CBS
Philadelphia 4:05 PM ET
Arizona TV: FOX
Oakland 4:25 PM ET
Cleveland TV: CBS
Indianapolis 4:25 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: CBS
Green Bay 8:30 PM ET
New Orleans TV: NBC
Monday
Washington 8:30 PM ET
Dallas TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Thursday, October 23Full Scoreboard
NY Islanders 10/23 7:00 PM ET
Boston TV: MSG+, NESN
Pittsburgh 10/23 7:30 PM ET
Detroit TV: SN360, ROOT-PIT, FSN-DET
Vancouver 10/23 8:00 PM ET
St. Louis TV: NHLN, SN-VAN, FSN-MW
Chicago 10/23 8:00 PM ET
Nashville TV: CSN-CH, FSN-TN
Arizona 10/23 8:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FSN-AZ, FSN-N
Carolina 10/23 9:00 PM ET
Calgary TV: SPSO, SN-Flames
Buffalo 10/23 10:30 PM ET
Los Angeles TV: MSG-BUF, FSN-W
Columbus 10/23 10:30 PM ET
San Jose TV: FSN-OH, CSN-CA
Full Scoreboard