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Cowboys dump Dave Campo

For the second time in his career, Dave Campo is being sent packing from Dallas.

Campo will not be retained as the Cowboys’ secondary coach, the Star-Telegram reports.

The 64-year-old Campo has spent 18 seasons in two stints with the Cowboys. Jimmy Johnson brought him along in 1989 to be the Cowboys’ secondary coach, the same title he had held under Johnson with the Miami Hurricanes. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1995, then promoted again to head coach in 2000. He was fired as head coach after the 2002 season, having gone 5-11 in each of his three seasons.

After time as an assistant in Cleveland and Jacksonville, Campo was brought back to Dallas as secondary coach in 2008.

The rest of the Cowboys’ coaching staff is expected to remain intact.

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41 Responses to “Cowboys dump Dave Campo”
  1. gpete1962 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:00 PM

    Poor Dave Campo, He was the first guy JJ saw that morning right after his brother said;

    “Just fire the 1st guy you see this morning and you’ll feel much better about yourself”

  2. eric12401 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:06 PM

    I can’t stand listening to his voice. Sounds like a smoker’s voice rubbing on sandpaper.

  3. dccowboy says: Jan 9, 2012 7:14 PM

    Should have been done last season. The guy never commanded the respect of his players and they never listened to him. Nice guy, but not a good coach

  4. hughjassphd says: Jan 9, 2012 7:15 PM

    Oh yeah. That’ll fix everything.

  5. narutofan10 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:20 PM

    no actually he was fired because he was a terrible secondary coach for 2 straight years nice try at being a smart*** though

  6. roamingabriel says: Jan 9, 2012 7:20 PM

    Dave Campo > Jerry Jones

  7. narutofan10 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:21 PM

    and considering most of the problems were in the secondary for the defense it is big step in the right direction

  8. moerawn says: Jan 9, 2012 7:36 PM

    Maybe if he had some players it might have gone better.

  9. billh1947 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:43 PM

    They fired the wrong guy once again in big D,the guy that should really be fired is the General Manager,what has the Cowboys great GM really done in recent years to show they are getting closer to a Super Bowl, no improvement from year to year except maybe an additional win because they got to play some perennial losing team on the new schedule for that year.Jerrys decision making have not brought his team to any new heights in years and the fans deserve better.

  10. TxGrown says: Jan 9, 2012 7:43 PM

    Now fire the secondary.

  11. bearsstillsuck says: Jan 9, 2012 7:44 PM

    Now the Dallas d will be able to get a stop.

  12. howiefeltersnatch says: Jan 9, 2012 7:48 PM

    Cave Dampo. I’ll always remember him for his failures here in Cleveland after taking over for scapegoat Foge Fazio

  13. ppc50 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:52 PM

    I met him at a training camp, very nice guy, but it is about time (cut Newman and Ball next). I really wish the terminations would continue, mostly to include Jason Garrett – a QB coach at best. He is the main reason that the Cowboys blew 5 games during the season.

  14. dcbuff says: Jan 9, 2012 7:54 PM

    never understood why they brought him back after his head coaching stint…team hasnt accomplished anything with him around.

  15. starfan79 says: Jan 9, 2012 7:57 PM

    Now that Campo is gone, cut Newman, sign Brent Grimes away from Atlanta (free agent) and draft another corner in the draft, unless a top tier safety is available.

  16. billymc75 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:00 PM

    Now hire Raheem Morris!

  17. bobhk says: Jan 9, 2012 8:02 PM

    Won’t fix the lack of talent on that D problem.
    He wasn’t a problem when Dallas was winning those superbowls.

  18. nfl fan says: Jan 9, 2012 8:08 PM

    Now fire Jerry.

  19. mschurm1 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:57 PM

    I would hope that next on the list is Rob Ryan if the goal is to stop offenses.

  20. ninjapleazee says: Jan 9, 2012 9:00 PM

    Hire Rod Woodson

  21. abninf says: Jan 9, 2012 9:12 PM

    Fire Ryan.

  22. wfbbogota1975 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:17 PM

    Wait! Wait! I think I hear it! I think I see Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland making yet another phone call for a reject Dallas retread. After all someone in need of a job will be the only person who will kiss Ireland’s a**.

  23. dwatkins69 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:27 PM

    But they keep Rob Ryan, That wont help!

  24. dalfanforever says: Jan 9, 2012 9:34 PM

    People have jokes of course, but this is the first step that needs to be taken to fix the defense. T-New is next. The Secondary simply can’t hang with faster wideouts. It must get younger, faster and a first or second rounder needs to be brought in, AND a FA corner for the now.

  25. rogerbrad says: Jan 9, 2012 9:36 PM


    Sounds like a smoker’s voice rubbing on sandpaper.
    What are you trying to describe with this comment? It explains nothing. What does a smokers voice have to do with sandpaper?

  26. commandercornpone says: Jan 9, 2012 9:43 PM

    he didnt make them play bad.

    campo probly should retire. lord knows i dont want to be werkin 40+ hours a week at age 64. certainly not doing stuff i dont like for people i cant stand.

    but, as stated, he didnt botch end of game decisions or personnel decisions or playcall decisions..

    they need to keep axing people… if they really intend to right the ship.

  27. kappy32 says: Jan 9, 2012 9:46 PM

    Who cares? Someone other than the real culprits, Rob Ryan & Jerry Jones, had to take the blame for their terrible defense. The fact that Terrance Newman is still their top CB (Jenkins sucks) is embarrassing. Jerry Jones hasn’t been able to draft another decent CB since him? It’s not as though Newman is exactly Deion Sanders, either. Murray & Lee have been great value 2nd round picks as of late, but the secondary picks have been terrible. Additionally, if Rob Ryan is as great as he thinks he is, shouldn’t his schemes cover their weakness in the secondary? Maybe a little overload blitzing like his brother? I can’t stand either Ryan, and I cannot believe I’m saying this, but Rex is a 10 times better coach than Rob. Rex isn’t worth his weight in salt as a HC (a lot of salt) but at least he has a ring & a couple top-ranked defenses to show for as a DC. What has Rob done? He has coached two mediocre defenses with better than average talent. When he’s fired, let me know.

  28. roamingabriel says: Jan 9, 2012 9:51 PM

    Hey Jerry, how’s that big contract for Newman working out?
    howiefeltersnatch says:
    Jan 9, 2012 7:48 PM
    Cave Dampo. I’ll always remember him for his failures here in Cleveland after taking over for scapegoat Foge Fazio
    Just how is it you’re able to keep track of all the failures in Cleveland???

  29. goforthanddie says: Jan 9, 2012 9:57 PM

    Is there a logical reason for “G-rated” comments to magically disappear from PFT? Is Jerry Jones the mod around here?

  30. thefiesty1 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:04 PM

    Bout time. Should of started with that long haired hippy with the big mouthed brother.

  31. cowboysallday says: Jan 9, 2012 10:20 PM

    Next get rid of Newman

  32. joerevs300 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:38 PM

    I had an awesome opportunity to meet Dave Campo at the Beyond the Lights Celebrity Golf Tournament in 2010. He allowed to put on my first (and probably only) Super Bowl ring. He posed for pictures and was the nicest guy you could talk to. (I also talked football with Terrance Newman for about 10 minutes, great guy, it’s too bad his performance in Week 17 was that bad).

    Once again, hello…seems more of a case of “fire the coach” vs. “hold the players accountable”.

    A) Somewhere Wade Phillips has to be beaming after being run out of town. Texans Playoff Wins in the past 10 seasons: One. Cowboys SB appearances since 1995: ZERO
    B) Jason Garrett gets a free pass after 3 of the worst clock management cases you normally don’t see in three seasons combined, let alone in the SAME YEAR

    But this is why the Cowboys might be “America’s Team”. Except American isn’t filled with underachieving losers.

    Except maybe in Congress.

  33. yevrag3535 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:56 PM

    Good, fire that guy and keep that clown Ryan. Cowturds will ne bad again next year. Yeah baby, they suck.

  34. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 9, 2012 11:09 PM

    Trade ya LaRon Landry for DeMarco Murray….send you DeAngelo Hall for a 2nd rounder….

  35. deadeye says: Jan 9, 2012 11:33 PM

    After the Cowboys win the 2012 Super Bowl, everyone will praise Jerruh for being a genius whose gentle wisdom strengthened every soul in the Dallas organization.

  36. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 10, 2012 12:03 AM

    Tell me Jeff Ireland lost Campo’s cell phone number, please.

  37. The Prophet says: Jan 10, 2012 1:25 AM

    What a career schmuck. How can you be head coach of a NFL team and then come back to that same exact team as a lowly secondary coach? That’s like a CEO of a company getting fired and coming back to work as the janitor. Pathetic…

  38. jmsincla says: Jan 10, 2012 7:27 AM


    Sounds like a smoker’s voice rubbing on sandpaper.

    Tom Waits?

  39. icantblvit says: Jan 10, 2012 8:41 AM

    Makes perfect sense, fix something that is broke by avoiding the real problem. This is like using a crayon to fix a major scratch on the car. First of all Campo didn’t have much in the secondary to work with. But when you watch the game their biggest problem seemed to be direction and knowing where to be and what to do. Too confusing of schemes. Rob Ryan is not a good fit, and until they realize that the Cowboys will be just like the Raiders – lots of talent with nothing to show for it.

  40. thermalito says: Jan 10, 2012 8:42 AM

    Dave Campo is a horrible coach and the Cowboys are a horrible team.

  41. paulsmith107 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:13 AM

    Oh kappy32 for one you should know that Murray was a third round pick. Secondly Jenkins was our best corner played hurt all season and doesn’t suck. Finally let’s see our d was what 32nd in 2010 and 14th last season with no training camp half the time the players looked confused because they had no time to learn the d but again stilled managed to be 14th with basically the same personel. Jay rat is over rated Spencer well let’s not talk about him Kenyon Coleman is a joke aside from ware lee and Jenkins rob Ryan worked a minor miracle with otherwise trash

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