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Bears add special teams coach Joe DeCamillis to list


Bears general manager Phil Emery is proving to be open-minded in his pursuit of job candidates.

According to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Bears have asked permission to interview Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis for their head coaching job.

The 47-year-old DeCamillis has also coached for the Jaguars, Falcons, Giants and Broncos,

He’s the second special teams coach they’ve been linked to, along with Atlanta’s Keith Armstrong.

They’re also interviewing Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.

The success of John Harbaugh in Baltimore has made it easier for special teams coaches to get notice, but their broad-based approach to the job helps ease the transition to coaching an entire roster, since they basically work with everyone besides the quarterbacks anyway.

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22 Responses to “Bears add special teams coach Joe DeCamillis to list”
  1. taudaddy79 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:09 PM

    Is the Bears GM throwing darts or what?

    Last I checked, the Bears have (had?) one of the best special teams coaches in the league with Dave Toub, who is also more than ready to make the leap to the big time.

  2. larryboodry says: Jan 1, 2013 3:10 PM

    Okay, now I’m getting worried…I mean, seriously, if you’re not gonna target guys like Gruden or Cowher, can’t you at least go after someone the rest of us have actually heard of?

  3. mazblast says: Jan 1, 2013 3:11 PM

    Does DeCamillis have any particular record of success, or is he just well-publicized like so many guys who’ve been associated with Invincible Dallas?

    Being a special team coach, BTW, doesn’t mean you know offense or defense. It means you work with a lot of guys, that’s all.

  4. jakec4 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:16 PM

    Yeah but John Harbaugh was groomed for nine years under Andy Reid, and had to take the title of secondary coach in his last season in Philly to get a shot to interview. Harbaugh was very much groomed, and an endorsement from Belichick didn’t hurt either. For assistants who aren’t coordinators looking to make the jump it really comes down to who they know, and who is giving them accolades.

  5. burgandy2260 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:33 PM

    This is the beginning of the roller coaster ride.

  6. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 1, 2013 3:47 PM

    Wait, the last special teams coach they brought in, people jumped to the conclusion of the Rooney Rule. Anybody want to take that back? Judging someone based on the color of their skin sucks don’t it?

    Whatever happened to looking at a person’s qualifications?

  7. yourfavoriteteamsucksbigtime says: Jan 1, 2013 3:58 PM

    I hope they are not serious.

  8. thejuddstir says: Jan 1, 2013 4:42 PM

    I’ve never heard of Joe DeCamillis before today but it sure doesn’t say much for Rob Ryan’s credentials does it. LMAO

  9. tone360 says: Jan 1, 2013 4:49 PM

    Dom Capers please.

  10. ppc50 says: Jan 1, 2013 5:12 PM

    Please take him in any capacity, he has been a terrible Special Teams coach for the Cowboys. Blocked punts vs the Jets, Cards, and the Seahawks the past 2 years, plus numerous other mistakes.

  11. vdogg says: Jan 1, 2013 5:25 PM

    Cuz those Cowboys special teams units have been so dominant…WTH is Emery thinking? The Bears already have the best special teams coach in the NFL in Toub.

  12. gasolinejt says: Jan 1, 2013 6:34 PM

    I’ll do a straight swap. Joe DeCamillis for whoever the Bears special teams coach is.

  13. mvp43 says: Jan 1, 2013 6:49 PM

    How many special teams coaches became head coaches? just wondering…

  14. snccoach says: Jan 1, 2013 7:17 PM

    Mark my words, despite the lip service that money is no object…the Bears will hire on the cheap. It’s just media spin brought on by their PR department.

    Joe DeCamillis? Really? Why because Emery worked with him in ATL? Same with Keith Armstrong and add the Mikes (McCoy/Sullivan) to this list and none of them scream homerun hire.

    Disappointed so far.

  15. 1oldpro says: Jan 1, 2013 7:49 PM

    There is method to this madness. Devin Hester is the only player left and he’s mad!

  16. lasher1650 says: Jan 1, 2013 7:59 PM


  17. ha5ko says: Jan 2, 2013 12:21 AM

    The Packers think this is a good idea, Emery’s on the right track

  18. larryboodry says: Jan 2, 2013 9:45 AM

    gasolinejt says: Jan 1, 2013 6:34 PM

    “I’ll do a straight swap. Joe DeCamillis for whoever the Bears special teams coach is.”

    Phil Emery is not stupid, so Dave Toub won’t be going to Dallas.

  19. themidwaymonsters says: Jan 2, 2013 10:42 AM

    I keep saying this, but Emery needs to look at Gus Malzahn who’s an offensive-minded coach who just took the HC position at Auburn. This guy has been moving up the ranks quickly and has a phenomenal career so far. Even though he doesn’t have NFL experience, this guy could easily transition into the NFL and start turning ball clubs around.

  20. steelerben says: Jan 2, 2013 10:42 AM

    A not very well known guy that has the ability to bring together a locker room and keep it focused might be what the Bears need much more than a high profile guy.

  21. lar271 says: Jan 2, 2013 10:51 AM

    Who in the name of Abe Gibron is Joe DeCamillis? that name sounds like a foot fungus. come on Emery & Virginia, hire a top 5 Coach that would drool to be the coach of Da Bears! Get a Fire & Brimstone coach ala Iron Mike that don’t take no S#@t from the Prima Donna players, or the Media know-it-alls. Chicago is a big TV Market, Hire a Big name coach.

  22. delashmit says: Jan 2, 2013 1:07 PM

    It makes no sense to consider Joe DeCamillis as the head coach.

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