Dan Campbell: Duce Staley will be primed and ready to be a head coach

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Minority hiring across the NFL went up in this latest cycle, but there are still only three Black head coaches.

Dan Campbell said Tuesday he’s grooming Duce Staley to become another one.

Campbell hired Staley to be Detroit’s assistant head coach/running backs coach in January, after the former pro running back had spent his entire coaching career with the Eagles. Staley also had the assistant head coach title in Philadelphia from 2018-2020. Campbell said being the assistant head coach isn’t just a label.

“I told him, ‘You’re not going to be a token assistant head coach.’ I’m going to use him,” Campbell said. “We had him in during our player evaluations on the whole offense and defense — though he wasn’t able to be in there very long because he had to go back with [offensive coordinator Anthony] Lynn and work offensively. But I’m going to keep him abreast of the cap and things of that nature, what we’re trying to do with free agency.

“He’s going to be primed and ready to be a head coach when it’s all said and done. All his bases are going to be covered. He’s going to be able to check off every box and say I’ve been there, I’ve done that. I know, I’ve been training for this — just like Sean [Payton] did for me. He’s going to be a true assistant head coach. And if something goes down and he needs to step in into my seat, he’s ready to roll. So that’s how I view it.”

Campbell was the Saints’ assistant head coach/tight ends coach from 2016-2020, so he knows what the role should look like and how it should function. Time will tell if it will actually result in Staley becoming a head coach.

14 responses to “Dan Campbell: Duce Staley will be primed and ready to be a head coach

  1. Dan Campbell is grooming Duce Staley for a head coaching job??!!! Wait………sorry………..can’t stop………..laughing…………………………………..

  2. “…‘You’re not going to be a token assistant head coach…”
    Makes one wonder how many people having a title of assistant head coach will admit to being just a token assistant head coach.

  3. This coming from the yo-yo who is advocating for legalized cannibalism in the NFL?

    Moving on.

  4. So now the guy who has never even been a coordinator is grooming others to be head coaches. I’m so sorry, Detroit.

  5. Duce should’ve been the head coach in Philly. On the other hand he did show how smart he is by seeing the dumpster fire Howie Roseman and Lurie have started and not wanting to ruin his first shot at a HC for a team set up to fail.

  6. I’m not sure being groomed by Dan Campbell is going to look that great on a resume.

  7. A lot of times what you really need is a mentor, and I think when it comes to minority hiring in certain sectors and echelons of society it comes more down to lack of networking opportunities and having the right guys taking you under your wing than any outright discrimination. It happens to all of us who don’t really have the right access and connections. It sounds like this guy benefited from his relationships and hard work as an assistant and now he’s ready to identify and mentor guys of his own. Good on him.

  8. ““I told him, ‘You’re not going to be a token assistant head coach.’ I’m going to use him,” Campbell said.” yeah as a scapegoat when sh!t hits the fan.

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