The Chicago Bears have wasted little time in hiring a new special teams coach luring away Joe DeCamillis from the Dallas Cowboys today. This comes just a few days after their former special teams coach Dave Toub was allowed to leave and sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.
DeCamillis was considered a solid coach with the Cowboys. If you look at the rankings by NFL Outsiders, the Cowboys ranked 15th in special teams. The Bears were 6th under Toub. When asked about the move, Toub suggested that he really enjoyed his time with the Bears organization but it was time for a change. DeCamillis was a candidate for the Bears head coaching vacancy but has made the move to Chicago in a diagonal move. Current Bears punter Adam Podlesh played with DeCamillis with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and seems very positive about this move as well.
This move follows up the announcement of Marc Tresman as head coach and offensive coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer this morning. The Bears are expected to round out the staff as soon as possible, but rumor has it that Rod Marinelli will remain on as defensive coordinator.
DeCamillis has a tough act to follow with Toub, but it was time for a change. Devin Hester‘s domination seemed to tail off in the last few years, and maybe a new coach can relight the fire. If DeCamillis is able to do so, he’s worth his weight in gold. It will give the Bears one of the league’s most feared returners.