UPI- Several teams cast bait for former Miami Dolphinscoach Dan Campbell this offseason, but the New Orleans Saints reeled him in Wednesday.
Campbell, 39, will serve as an assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the Saints, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett. Campbell was rumored to be in the discussion for San Diego's offensive coordinator gig before the hire.
The Saints are also bringing in former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi to be the quarterbacks coach.
I can't say that I like this move...because I am too busy LOVING this move. If there is one thing the New Orleans Saints were in desperate need of it was stability, and nothing screams stable like a strong base. I mean, look at that stance. There's no way you are knocking this Saints team down with that guy teaching them how to stay mentally and physically balanced.
If we learned anything from the Dolphins this season it's that you don't want Dan Campbell making all the important decisions for your football team. You don't want him calling the plays or managing the clock. That requires too much critical thinking, and critical thinking is not exactly Dan Campbell's specialty. Football is an analytical game, and Campbell is decidedly not an analytical guy. How can he fire up his team when he's trying to figure how to put them in the best possible position to win? Talk about a conundrum. That's why letting him do what he does best - while Sean Payton minds the intricacies of the game - makes for a perfect fit. Dan Campbell is an energy guy, and energy is something this team could have used when it flat out gave up against Washington and Houston. His job requirements now fit his skill set perfectly. Keep the compete level high and have this team ready to play on a weekly basis. With the up and down trajectory of this past season that should be a welcomed change. I can't imagine we'll be seeing too many games where the Saints look like they have thrown in the towel following the first 3-and-out. Not on Campbell's watch. I don't know if the Saints will be any better than they were this season, but at least now I will know they are trying, and sadly that's actually a pretty big step in the right direction.
P.S. He's got to bring back the flow, right? RIGHT?!?