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Dan Campbell leaving the Dolphins after not getting top job

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Perhaps new Dolphins head coach Adam Gase isn’t a big fan of the Oklahoma drill.

But whatever the reason, the man who brought it back to Miami isn’t hanging around to run it any more.

According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, former interim coach Dan Campbell is leaving the Dolphins after interviewing but not getting the full-time job.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Saturday at Gase’s introduction that he wanted to keep Campbell in the organization, but Campbell apparently had other ideas.

He injected a bit of life into the Dolphins after replacing Joe Philbin this season, running high-contact drills in practice and jumping around like his hair was on fire. But it lasted about two weeks, making his prospects for keeping the job slim.

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  1. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 12, 2016 9:36 AM

    Attn: Dave Caldwell! We need a little Oklahoma in Jacksonville.

  2. bababooeyyy says: Jan 12, 2016 9:37 AM

    He made some mistakes as a Head Coach but that’s to be expected. Players really liked him and I really enjoyed his personality. Nice change of pace having a coach who was passionate for the game. Best of luck Dan. Wish you could of stayed on the staff in some sort of position.

  3. duanethomas33 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:41 AM

    Whether he stayed or went, I think that was up to Adam Case. Would have been awkward going from HC to position coach, on the same team. I don’t mean this as an insult, but I think Dan Campbell would be an excellent college HC.

  4. Patskrieg says: Jan 12, 2016 9:42 AM

    The Phins suck but Campbell did an admirable job in an unwinable situation. And by unwinable situation I mean existing in a Stephen Ross owned franchise. Probably better for him that he gets a fresh start somewhere else.

  5. scrp2 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:47 AM

    Dolphins should have went after Tom Coughlin. He can actually change a culture. Going after the trendy OC guy never works. See Joe Philbin and Cam Cameron.

  6. 305phinphan says: Jan 12, 2016 9:47 AM

    I always liked Campbell but his decision is rubbing me the wrong way. Prior to becoming intern coach he has been nothing more than a TE Coach/Player. He did an OK job leading the team but as of right now he is not head coaching material. I believe one day he could develop the tools to do so but not at this moment. The Dolphins organization gave him a great opportunity to get experience for when that day comes but he had to have known he had no chance of landing the top job unless he miraculously got the Dolphins into the playoffs. Now it seems like he’s taking his ball and going home because he was passed up when he still had a team full of players and an owner who enjoyed the guy. He more than likely would have been offered an assistant head coaching gig alongside Gase which would have gave him even more experience but now he will go to a new team and be nothing more than a position coach once again. Like I said it just looks like he’s a whiner by just leaving all because hes not qualified to do the job he applied for.

  7. jimbo75025 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:47 AM

    I’m sure he will land on his feet somewhere.

    Miami actually turned into a respectable team after he took over. He’ll get another shot somewhere sooner or later.

  8. purplengold says: Jan 12, 2016 9:50 AM

    He won’t be unemployed for long.

  9. floratiotime says: Jan 12, 2016 9:50 AM

    A few weeks as an interim head coach and he’s all butt hurt now that he didn’t get the job. Wow.

  10. securb2013 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:51 AM

    Good luck Dan sorry to see you go. The guy will not be out of work long.

  11. dryzzt23 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:51 AM

    The Dolphins players hate to work hard, THAT is why they suck so bad. Maybe the players are too “diva-like” to accept good coaching and criticism.

    I hate it when good coaches have to take the fall for selfish and lazy players, or players that outright suck but think that they are the best ever.

  12. contender21open says: Jan 12, 2016 9:52 AM

    The biggest mistake in Miami Dolphins Franchise history was to select Adam Gase over Dan Campbell. You can mark my words on that.

  13. bubbybrisket says: Jan 12, 2016 9:56 AM

    Bye felicia

  14. boonevol says: Jan 12, 2016 9:58 AM

    contender21open says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:52 AM

    The biggest mistake in Miami Dolphins Franchise history was to select Adam Gase over Dan Campbell. You can mark my words on that.

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    How soon we forget Duante Culpepper over Drew Brees = Goodbye Saban

  15. contender21open says: Jan 12, 2016 10:00 AM

    Adam Gase wasn’t even man enough to fire Dan Campbell. He forced Campbell’s hand and made him quit instead. That shows the lack of character of Adam Gase. He’ll never have the players respect.

    I’ve NEVER been so disappointed in the Miami Dolphins as I am now.

    Jets Fans were correct Mike Tannebaum is a failure. He’s a “yes man” that delivered what Ross wanted instead of convincing Ross to do the right thing.

  16. mikea311 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:01 AM

    I wouldnt be upset to see him in NY if he could put together a solid staff of coordinators.

    I never understood why the interim HCs who got the team to play better are never viable candidates…

  17. contender21open says: Jan 12, 2016 10:04 AM

    boonevol says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:58 AM

    How soon we forget Duante Culpepper over Drew Brees = Goodbye Saban

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    This move by the Phins is worse.

  18. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 12, 2016 10:07 AM

    I thought he did an admirable job going 5-7 . Considering they werent ” his ” players . I think he should have gotten more time. The players seemed to like him alot. I personally think Gase will be a flop but what do I know?? Peace

  19. djscottyb says: Jan 12, 2016 10:08 AM

    Campbell was a breath of fresh air.
    A coach who brought a no nonsense toughness.
    Sadly he was stuck with backup coordinators and that showed Campbell’s strategic weaknesses.

    Gase doesn’t guarantee a better coordinator staff – but he does have a knack for improving QBs – something that Campbell didn”t show.

    If there had been any type of significant improvement in an aspect of the offense – Miller running more, or even better TE play – Campbell would’ve been more of a favorite.

    I’d love to see him stay, but at the same time if its his dream to be more than a positional coach this is the best window of opportunity for him. Best of luck whever you land coach.

  20. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jan 12, 2016 10:10 AM

    until they fix the players on that team no one is going to win, Campbell did an admirable job with what he had to work with.

  21. annes22 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:10 AM

    Here we go again, with people on here knowing what is going to happen next season. Maybe you are in the wrong jobs??? No one has a clue yet.

  22. handsatlanta says: Jan 12, 2016 10:11 AM

    It’s not feasible to be captain of the ship then go back to being a crewmember. Leaving is the only thing can do. He’s not ready to be a HC yet but he will be in a few years.

  23. contender21open says: Jan 12, 2016 10:12 AM

    During Gases introductory press conference, he was asked about Dan Campbell’s status on the team. Gase looked over at Ross to answer the question, even though it was his decision to make.

    He knew this wouldn’t be popular with the players or the fans and didn’t have the backbone to answer the question.

    It’s embarrassing to to be a Phin Phan these days.

    Ross, sell the team, move back to New York and take TanneBOMB with you… PLEASE!

  24. mcrummel says: Jan 12, 2016 10:14 AM

    I told you he would get stabbed in the back. How could anybody really judge him without Dan being able to select his on coaching staff. I hope he stays in the AFC east & gets to stick it were the sun don’t shine twice a year to Ross & Company.

  25. cafetero1075 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:15 AM

    He wasn’t getting the job. He is not ready. Even if he is a great coach in 10 years from now. He is not ready now.

  26. iamkillerfin says: Jan 12, 2016 10:21 AM

    STOP THE Coughlin NONSENSE!!! The Giants have sucked for years he’s a burnout!!! Tannenbaum is gonna do what Ross tells him to do because he is a suck up like that!!! Sad that Campbell had to go but it is not a surprise because it was a slap to the face!!! He’ll go to the division rival & kill us every year just watch!!! Ross has no clue & is killing this team!!! SELL THE TEAM ROSS to someonr that has a clue PLEASE!!!

  27. miamiron says: Jan 12, 2016 10:24 AM

    jimbo75025 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:47 AM

    I’m sure he will land on his feet somewhere.

    Miami actually turned into a respectable team after he took over.
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    RESPECTABLE???
    You’ve been a Dolphin fan too long if you consider a the 5-7 record Dan led the Dolphins in any shape way or form respectable

  28. mandings36 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:25 AM

    Browns South

  29. icanspeel says: Jan 12, 2016 10:31 AM

    It makes sense, you don’t want to stay with an organization who doesn’t want you as a head coach after you gave them a sample of what you are about. There is no future there. Even if he can’t find a Head Coach job, he’s better off being a coach elsewhere and working his way up again.

  30. iman62 says: Jan 12, 2016 10:33 AM

    I’m happy with Gase but this was the only move for Campbell after the hiring. I’m sure Campbell’s future is bright, wish him nothing but good luck.

  31. joefelicelli says: Jan 12, 2016 10:35 AM

    contender21open says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:52 AM

    The biggest mistake in Miami Dolphins Franchise history was to select Adam Gase over Dan Campbell. You can mark my words on that.
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    With so many mistakes over the last few years, this barely makes the list in my opinion.

    Gase is a bright young coach with a ton of potential. I would recommend giving him a chance. I was sad to see him leave Chicago, because he managed to get a respectable offense with almost no weapons on a consistent basis, a bad OL, and Jay Cutler at QB. No small feat

  32. tedmurph says: Jan 12, 2016 10:35 AM

    Cambell gave the Dolphins a shot in the arm, and did a good job. But the rah-rah stuff has a shelf life in the pros, and wears out quickly. He’s only 39. Seems to me he’s better suited for the college ranks right now.

  33. contender21open says: Jan 12, 2016 10:42 AM

    miamiron says:
    Jan 12, 2016 10:24 AM

    RESPECTABLE???
    You’ve been a Dolphin fan too long if you consider a the 5-7 record Dan led the Dolphins in any shape way or form respectable
    ________________________________

    Considering the circumstances, yes, 5-7 was respectable. You obviously don’t realize the situation he thrown into. He was working with Philbin’s staff, fired both lousy coordinators and had back-ups (OC & DC)to work with. There were many injuries, and little depth. He had one week to prepare. The challenges were many for anybody to deal with.

    Yes it was very respectable going 5-7 under those circumstances.

  34. bassplucker says: Jan 12, 2016 10:46 AM

    Probably the best for everyone involved. The last thing a new HC needs is carryover coaches from the last regime. And even more so if the new HC is in that role for the first time. You can ask Marc Trestman about that.

  35. pastabelly says: Jan 12, 2016 10:47 AM

    Campbell should try to get a coordinator position or get some experience heading up a college program. Gase was a better candidate this time around.

  36. ygar72ygar says: Jan 12, 2016 10:49 AM

    The Dolphins, in serious need of good men and good leaders, just lost another one. Only this franchise could exhibit even more dysfunction by hiring a new head coach.

  37. contender21open says: Jan 12, 2016 10:49 AM

    Gase’s Bears (under his play calling ) went 6-10.

    Nuff said.

  38. dprouse says: Jan 12, 2016 10:54 AM

    This is pretty standard both in sports and in the business world. When the acting CEO doesn’t get hired for the full time position, almost inevitably they take a golden handshake and move on, in part not to make things awkward for the new CEO. This gives Gase a free hand, and allows Campbell to get a fresh start elsewhere as a position coach. It’s probably the best move for all concerned.

  39. contender21open says: Jan 12, 2016 10:57 AM

    What makes Adam Gase so ready to be a head coach, more so than Dan Campbell?

    Oh, I forgot, he’s responsible for Peyton Manning’s Hall of Fame career.

    Oh yes, and he built Tim Tebow into a worthy college ranks commentator.

    His offense led the Bears to an astonishing 6-10 record. PUH-LEEZE!

    Dan Campbell has more head coaching experience the Adam Gase.

    The Phins are a joke. I’ve been blind to it for far too long. No more. I see clearly now. Ross, SELL THE TEAM.

  40. xpensivewinos says: Jan 12, 2016 10:57 AM

    Miami fans have been complaining for years that Ross has not made complete change. Got rid of a coach, but not the GM……..got rid of a GM, but not the coach, etc…. Well, total change has been made and Gase would be a moron to have the previous head coach still around in another capacity, chirping in the ears of “his guys.” Gase would be undermined before he even started.

    What is curious though is why not give Campbell a chance? Technically, he now has more head coaching experience than Gase and the players seemed to want to play for him. Why not give him the opportunity to pick his own staff and get rid of the stiffs on the roster and start from scratch?

    Must all have come down to Tannenbaum and Ross betting that Gase can “fix” Tannehill.

    Can’t fix stupid.

  41. bowden5000 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:04 AM

    In keeping with true AFC East form, I’m sure he’ll be in Buffalo, NY or NE. I too wish they could have worked something out to stay on staff. Thx got the passion and effort. Good luck Dan C.

  42. millikensteeler says: Jan 12, 2016 11:04 AM

    scrp2

    Very true. He won in Jacksonville and on a bigger scale, he won in New York. Even if he only wanted to Coach another 5 years, the culture he would build, would have changed that franchise.

  43. jchipwood says: Jan 12, 2016 11:10 AM

    Patskrieg says:
    Jan 12, 2016 9:42 AM
    The Phins suck but Campbell did an admirable job in an unwinable situation. And by unwinable situation I mean existing in a Stephen Ross owned franchise. Probably better for him that he gets a fresh start somewhere else.

    ______________________________________

    Whats they say about the patriots? The Dolphins did have Belichick waving the white flag.

  44. lesterclan says: Jan 12, 2016 11:12 AM

    Good luck PC Principle, Bro! You injected some life in the Dolphins and that is always appreciated. Hopefully, Vladimir Putin can continue the trend…

  45. annes22 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:13 AM

    Dan Campbell did a good job in desperate times, but he certainly isn’t a Head Coach yet. He made several mistakes, and now is leaving because he didn’t get the Head Coach job. Is that called sulking or something? He will get a job somewhere, but why should the new coach have him on his staff, if he has other ideas??

  46. bradwellersays says: Jan 12, 2016 11:20 AM

    He’s not ready to be a HC. Assistant HC maybe but he hasn’t been a coordinator at this level. But for a few weeks he motivated the Dolphins. Then that was lost. Other than that it was the same team under Campbell as it was under Philbin. He didn’t fix one issue. Poor LB play, poor Oline play, not running enough. What did he do that he should have had the head coach job? That said, I like him as a coach but not a head coach. He’s an awesome person that had great press conferences. He handled the Miko situation appropriately. But I also feel the Phins got this hire wrong totally. Hue Jackson, M. Shanahan or Tom Coughlin would have been better than Adam Gase. Couglin?Campbell tandem would have been awesome.

  47. williamannand says: Jan 12, 2016 11:22 AM

    Don Shula
    Jimmy Johnson
    Dave Wannstedt
    Jim Bates
    Nick Saban
    Cam Cameron
    Tony Sparano
    Todd Bowles
    Joe Philbin
    Dan Campbell

    Bowles has made it all the way back with another team and Saban has found his groove in the SEC. The guy with the yellow jacket is just an old guy obsessed with himself these days. Campbell will most likely wind up in the recycle bin with Sparano and Philbin.

  48. graylingskies says: Jan 12, 2016 11:24 AM

    Hey Dan, it’s probable the Pats will have to hire a coordinator or two next season. I’ll wager if BB thinks you can adapt your style to fit into their system he’d hire you in a New York minute. I’m sure he already recognizes the value you would bring, and that can’t be taught, brother. Helluva job you did in Miami. Oh, and OC/DC jobs come free with OJT for a real HC position down the road.

  49. huggybear2014 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:25 AM

    How this guy has such loyalty amongst Phin fans is beyond me. The team was still a hot piece of crap with him.

  50. contender21open says: Jan 12, 2016 11:28 AM

    annes22 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 11:13 AM

    ……now is leaving because he didn’t get the Head Coach job. Is that called sulking or something?
    _________________________________

    No, it’s called pride.

    Would you stay at your job if you were demoted and replaced with somebody with less experience than you? I would hope not.

  51. BigGuyForYou says: Jan 12, 2016 11:45 AM

    He can always be the real life PC Principal if the whole coaching gig doesn’t work out.

  52. granadafan says: Jan 12, 2016 11:45 AM

    djscottyb says:
    Jan 12, 2016 10:08 AM
    Campbell was a breath of fresh air.
    A coach who brought a no nonsense toughness.
    Sadly he was stuck with backup coordinators and that showed Campbell’s strategic weaknesses.
    =========================================

    That so-called “no nonsense toughness” may sound great to the plebes, but you’re not the one on the team getting screamed at and forced to have full contact practices every day. Players are already tough or they wouldn’t be in the NFL. That sounds a lot like Trump. His “tells it like it is” nonsense sounds great to the easily duped but he can’t lead worth beans and has strategic weaknesses like not having a plan other than to spout xenophobic and bigoted comments.

  53. 1969mojo says: Jan 12, 2016 11:49 AM

    Immediate hire for Bengals.

    “What you gonna do Steelers and Joey Porter when the largest arms in coaching run wild on you!!!!”

  54. revren10 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:56 AM

    Guess that sleeping giant never woke back up another year of the dolphins not making the playoffs. Thank God my team has greatest coach QB combo in history

  55. mlvcfan says: Jan 12, 2016 12:06 PM

    Satan Manning will tell you it’s called Omaha, not Oklahoma. works for him anyway

  56. phinfan says: Jan 12, 2016 12:20 PM

    Doesnt matter who coaches this weak talent, selfish team. As long as our gm keeps crabbing mediocre players theres no hope

  57. rcali says: Jan 12, 2016 12:38 PM

    Well Adam Gase has had a ton of success as a head coach in the NFL and they gave Campbell a few years to prove himself as a head coach and it didn’t work out so how can you disagree with the Dolphins decision?

  58. doggeatdogg says: Jan 12, 2016 12:52 PM

    So if you are a line coach or a position coach and you like your job and the stability in the community then they elevate you to interim head coach and the next move is to leave the team after they hire someone else. Why not go back to the previous position. This is why being elevated to a higher position as interim means you will be moving out if not successful, instead of moving back to previous role.

  59. contender21open says: Jan 12, 2016 12:56 PM

    Well Adam Gase has had a ton of success as a head coach in the NFL and they gave Campbell a few years to prove himself as a head coach and it didn’t work out so how can you disagree with the Dolphins decision?
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    Adam Gase has NO EXPERIENCE, at any level, in any sport.

    Dan Campbell had 12 games 3/4 of a season, with a coaching staff he no part in building, to prove himself. What in the world are you talking about?

  60. -Alpha- says: Jan 12, 2016 1:07 PM

    Good luck wherever you land, Dan Campbell. You did a respectable job as interim coach. You clearly have leadership skills and will find other opportunities – perhaps even as a head coach when you are fully ready.

    You’ll be missed in Miami.

  61. bakeberryjam says: Jan 12, 2016 1:27 PM

    I see Dan Campbell as now a viable Asst. HC candidate for a team looking for a backup plan / motivator.

    The guy has more skills than just a TE coach, but not quite enough to be a full-fledged HC. I think with some years of experience under a veteran HC he will get the knowledge he needs to lead a team properly. DC is a great motivator but he lacks in X’s and O’s, and therefore can’t set forth gameplans he wants to create, making the team struggle. He also doesn’t know game management / clock management that well, so more exp. will help him out.

    I didn’t see him staying in Miami. Gase is a rookie HC — Campbell wasn’t going to learn the craft from him.

  62. iammrbinky says: Jan 12, 2016 2:13 PM

    After 8 years of Sparano and Philbin, it was refreshing to listen to Dan speak. Very open and honest, the media enjoyed covering him and fans loved his approach. His game management skills though were not good. In time with experience he could be a very good head coach.

    Players loving a coach is not always a good thing.

  63. contender21open says: Jan 12, 2016 3:04 PM

    Nothing says thank you like a knife to the back.

  64. VenerableAxiom says: Jan 12, 2016 3:45 PM

    Laughable. The same people that ridiculed him when he was Dolphins HC, now think he should have been hired or they want him for there home team. The hypocrisy never ends.

  65. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Jan 12, 2016 4:41 PM

    How’s your off season,Miami?

  66. fanofpft says: Jan 12, 2016 5:56 PM

    Supposedly his interview for HC went well. So he took the Gase hiring bad and needed a few days.

    Also its said the Fins worried if he could put together a solid staff of coordinators.

    News just broke on Gase’s hires a DB coach (all he has ever been) is now the DC. And the other Cin. coach is also hired to fill same role he had there as D-line coach thought i heard.

  67. edancingman says: Jan 13, 2016 3:02 AM

    I think he did an excellent job. He took a time with no life and breathed some fire into them. The talent level on the O-line, and D backfield just weren’t enough. The running game was non-existent when it needed to step up, and Kenny Stills sucked. Jennings would have been a much better option there. Can Tannehill be the guy. Last year he had a good year, but he fell off, how much of that is on things outside his control is hard to assess. I was hoping Campbell was going to stay on and get the chance to make player decisions. Because let’s face it Tannenbaum SUCKS.

  68. bigdingyguy says: Jan 13, 2016 12:13 PM

    As a Dolphins fan this is really disappointing. I wish him the best where ever he lands, and I’m willing to bet it will be sooner, rather than later.

  69. ymca2014 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:17 AM

    He let the Miko situation turn into a team inferno. Fired.

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