The Miami Dolphins were far from perfect under interim head coach Dan Cambpell but fans loved what he brought to the table. Campbell is now, reportedly, not expected to stay with the franchise.
After Adam Gase took over the team on Saturday there was a lot of talk regarding Campbell’s retention in some fashion. That now appears to not be happening. Campbell elevated the players and while they still struggled throughout the season, Campbell was able to work with massive depth issues and injuries. Fan polls here on our site showed an overwhelming desire to retain Campbell as the teams full-time head coach.
It was reported on Sunday that Campbell was upset about not getting the job. Those same reports suggest that Campbell’s interview was near perfect but the Dolphins opted to go with Gase instead. One report suggested that Miami would wait a few days for Campbell to “calm down” and then talk to him about his future with the club. The only team Campbell has ever coached for. Stephen Ross notified Campbell personally by phone that Gase was getting the job.
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Not retaining Campbell is not a big surprise given the fact that Gase will be trying to install his own methodology and having a coach on staff that could be hanging over his shoulder and potentially replace him if he fails, is not something most coaches will do. Especially first time head coaches.
Where Campbell ends up is anyone’s guess but I would not be surprised to see him in Dallas, New Orleans, or for that matter New England in some capacity. While Campbell didn’t earn the head coaching job, his work with the Dolphins in 2015 under a bad situation was noticed league wide by many coaches and executives.
The leaving of Campbell seems to be a decision that Campbell himself is making, according to the linked report above from the Palm Beach Post. The article also says that the Dolphins are trying to hire Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph who has been widely speculated as Adam Gase’s choice for defensive coordinator.