Brian Daboll: Dan Campbell slammed chairs and hit walls when I interviewed him for a job

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Giants head coach Brian Daboll and Lions head coach Dan Campbell will face off on Sunday, but it won’t be their first meeting. Daboll and Campbell previously worked together on the Dolphins’ staff, and this week Daboll told an entertaining story about their first meeting.

Daboll said that when he was the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator in 2011, then-Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano asked him to interview Campbell for the job of tight ends coach. Campbell, who famously said at his first press conference in Detroit that his players would bite opponents’ kneecaps off, made an interesting impression in the interview.

“Tony said, ‘Hey, I got this guy that I think would be good. Why don’t we interview him? You take care of the interview.’ So, I interviewed Dan, and it was a great interview,” Daboll said, via the New York Post. “He’s slamming chairs on the ground and hitting walls and going through all these drills. You guys know him. He’s a fantastic person, great family. It was an entertaining interview. [He] knew a lot. Obviously, he was very passionate, tough as nails, you could tell. He was out of breath in half that interview with the stuff he was doing. Yeah, great guy.”

Daboll said that on Campbell’s first day of work, he showed up at 5:30 a.m. “power cleaning and squatting” in the Dolphins’ weight room.

Although Daboll and Campbell only worked together for one year in Miami, they’ve remained friendly and are now meeting as head coaches for the first time. As head coaches they’ve had different starts to their careers: Daboll is 7-2 in his first year with the Giants, while Campbell is 6-19-1 in his second year with the Lions.

32 responses to “Brian Daboll: Dan Campbell slammed chairs and hit walls when I interviewed him for a job

  1. This kind of behavior screams “I’m a meathead.” His record as a head coach shouts it too.

  2. Dan Campbell is Macho Man Randy Savage reincarnated, the only thing missing is a glittery cape and Elizabeth.

  3. Campbell seems like a great coach from what I can see from the outside looking in. The lions have caught a couple of tough breaks this year but I think they will be ok going forward. Certainly they are playing with more passion now a days.

  4. “ Daboll said that on Campbell’s first day of work, he showed up at 5:30 a.m. “power cleaning and squatting” in the Dolphins’ weight room.”

    Is that part of the job? Lol.

  5. Dan Campbell’s Lions have been in almost every game of his tenure – which means nothing, football ain’t horseshoes. If the Lions Defense had been even mildly capable this year, they are probably 6-4 at worst and thinking about the playoffs. He shoulda changed DCs. He might pay for that at the end of the year.

    Daboll’s G-Men have been overperforming on a relatively easy schedule but still can look pretty doggone good. He’s using Danny Dimes (remember that name, lol?) really well – even if he does look like a baby ostrich out there running, he’s got a healthy Saquon and the D is holding up. The back end of their schedule though looks brutal. Eagles twice, suddenly surging Washington Commies twice, worldbeater Vikes, Cowboys and the Saturday boys.

  6. While Campbell”s behavior is amusing, I don’t think it somehow makes him a good candidate for coaching. Just the opposite in fact. A bit of a wild card, bouncing every which way buy forward.

  7. Hopefully Brian Flores attorneys are taking notes on the privilege that some people have where they can behave like an absolute lunatic and still get coaching jobs while other would have had the police called on them for such behavior.

  8. Campbell is a coach, who players would run through a brick wall for! They love him. I’m not sure how it will work out in the end, but I like him.

  9. If the Lions were winning everyone would be praising Campbell for his intensity. They arent though, so Campbell is being called a “meathead” and a “lunatic”.

    Like they always say…and its so true: it’s ALL about the wins and losses (as it should be).

  10. “Dan Campbell’s Lions have been in almost every game of his tenure – which means nothing, football ain’t horseshoes.”

    with the team he inherited, it means everything. they have had the youngest roster in the league two years in a row and had $70mm in dead cap last year. the fact that they are at all competitive is only because of coaching. the blueprint is obvious: purge Quinntricia contracts while building through the draft and then add the finishing pieces in free agency.

    Should be a good game this weekend, both teams are playing hard.

  11. Campbell is such a refreshing change to the vanilla, politically correct state of the NFL. I remember back in the 70’s when players and coaches had personalities that they weren’t afraid to let shine. Heck, any one of the Raiders teams from the 70’s had more interesting and distinct personalities than what you have in the entire league now.

  12. And yet his players play their backsides off for him. Yes Campbell is over the top, but at his core he’s an alpha male and a leader, much like other good NFL coaches. I was fortunate enough to spend some time around Mike Tomlin many years ago and he’s a pure alpha male and leader of men. He just doesn’t have the over the top personality of Campbell, but the core is the same.

    I’m not sure why I certain segment of NFL fans get so agitated by Campbell’s over the top personality. Very few of us who played football in high school and college didn’t have at least one coach like Campbell. The coaching ranks tend to attract coaches that are very passionate about the game. And aside from being a leader (which Campbell is), two things matter:

    1. Are the players playing hard every Sunday
    2. Is the HC hiring high quality coordinators and assistant coaches.

    For Campbell, #1 is a definite yes and #2, I’d say that’s a strong yes with perhaps a couple of exceptions. It’s generally a very solid staff.

    It’s a very, very young team that’s dealing with an overpriced QB that was the cost of doing business to set them up with high draft picks for the next few years. Perhaps Campbell’s personality will rub the team the wrong way down the road, I can’t predict the future. But it certainly doesn’t appear to be the case in the present.

  13. If yall decide you dont want him in Detroit, send him home to New Orleans. Id LOVE to have that reunion.

  14. I thought Dan Campbell looked overrated when he was interim HC for the Dolphins but the Lions look shockingly competent. Despite the defense and being stuck with Jared Goff, they’re really doing everything they can and more to stay in these ball games. It would be nice to see what DC could do with a better team but even if they draft a qb it’ll still be another year before we see improvements. I don’t think Campbell will hold on to his job that long.

  15. agluttonforpunishment says:
    November 17, 2022 at 6:16 am
    Campbell seems like a great coach from what I can see from the outside looking in
    /////
    Seriously? How far outside are you?! Lions fans, you like this guy? If you say yes, then nobody should ever feel sorry for your hapless team again. You play to win the game. And the Lions haven’t done that in about 50 years.

  16. Hopefully Lions ownership remains patient; more time will be needed yet to clean up the giant mess left by Matt Patricia.

  17. tejastim says:
    November 17, 2022 at 11:02 am
    Campbell is such a refreshing change to the vanilla, politically correct state of the NFL
    ////
    Win. That’s what matters. Boring. Exciting. Conventional. Crazy. Just win, baby. And the Lions are not winning.

  18. fantasyfootballstud says:
    November 17, 2022 at 10:05 am
    Campbell is a coach, who players would run through a brick wall for! They love him. I’m not sure how it will work out in the end, but I like him.
    /////
    Well, they aren’t doing that so far. 6-19-1. We know how it works out in the end.

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