Dan Campbell was announced as the interim head coach of the Miami Dolphins after Joe Philbin was fired by the franchise yesterday, and he has been tipped for success by a former teammate and a former coach, who are also head coaches in the NFL.
Current head coaches Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints, and Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys, have both said Campbell can be successful for the Dolphins this year.
Payton was Campbell's coach while he was still playing as a tight end for the Cowboys, and they met once again as Campbell's playing career was coming to an end at the Saints. He can't say a bad thing about his former player.
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He said according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune: "He’s a fantastic guy, a great worker, a great teammate. He’s someone that is tough, strong. I can’t say enough good things.”
One of the changes Campbell wants to implement on the Dolphins is to make them a more aggressive side. Garrett, his former teammate when they were both together at the New York Giants, thinks he can get the team back on the right path.
He said according to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com: “Sometimes these things happen. It’s a challenge when they happen during the season but Dan Campbell was a teammate of mine and he’s just a hell of a guy and I think he’s a really good football guy.
"I think somehow someway he’s going to help that football team get righted and he’s going to do that because he’s a really willful guy. He’s got a great personality and he’s a tough guy and I just wish him nothing but the best.
“Always a very smart guy. Knew the game really well, knew things beyond his position and really cared about it, cared about detail, always wanted to know more and loved to play, has a great passion for playing, a great passion for teams and a great passion for the game of football.”
Campbell has a bye week now after the team recently lost to their divisional rivals, the New York Jets, in London in week four. He has plenty of time to try and seed in his playing style into his players as much as possible before their week six game against the Tennessee Titans.