On Tuesday, the Chicago Bears announced that they had narrowed their coaching search down to three candidates.
The Bears expressed interest in Dallas Cowboys’ special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis as a possible replacement for fired head coach Lovie Smith, unfortunately he didn’t make the final cut. The Bears will instead look to hire Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel or Montreal Allouettes (CFL) head coach Marc Trestman as their next head coach.
DeCamillis isn’t going to get the head-coaching job in Chicago, and quite honestly I don’t think he should have a job in Dallas come next season, either. Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones said there were changes coming after a disappointing season in 2012, and so far he’s delivered on that promise.
He’s fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and running backs coach Skip Peete, and is said to be targeting tight ends coach John Garrett as the next to go, and in my opinion, DeCamillis must be among them.
Under DeCamillis, the Cowboys’ special teams have been, for a lack of better words, a bad unit, and it didn’t take very long for that group to disappoint. In fact, in just the second game of the season, the Cowboys special teams unit had two fumbles, gave up a touchdown on a blocked punt and had a 12-men on the field penalty called on them leading to a fourth-and-one conversion.
I know the Cowboys aren’t a very good team, evidenced by their 8-8 record and once again missing the playoffs, but there’s no denying that one of their biggest weaknesses was on special teams. Plain and simple, it’s time for “Joe-D” to go.