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Campbell Interviews For Head Coach On Friday

Posted Jan 8, 2016

Five days after his final game as the interim head coach of the Dolphins for the final 12 games of the 2015 season, Dan Campbell interviewed for the full-time position as head coach.

Dan Campbell got the opportunity Friday to interview for the chance to remove the “interim” from his season-ending title of Dolphins interim head coach.

Campbell became the sixth candidate to interview for the full-time head-coaching position, following former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, three-time Super Bowl champion head coach Mike Shanahan, Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Buffalo Bills assistant head coach Anthony Lynn and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

Campbell guided the Dolphins to a 5-7 record after taking over for Joe Philbin on Oct. 5 following the game against the New York Jets at London.

Despite his overall record, Campbell began and ended his stint as interim head coach in impressive fashion.

In Campbell’s first two games, the Dolphins recorded their two most lopsided victories of the season, winning 38-10 at Tennessee before beating the Houston Texans 44-26 at Sun Life Stadium in a game where they took a 41-0 halftime lead.

In the season finale, the Dolphins shocked the AFC East champion New England Patriots, 20-10, to keep them from earning the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

Campbell became interim head coach after spending the previous four-plus seasons as the team’s tight ends coach.

Under Campbell’s tutelage, Charles Clay had the second-most productive season in team history for a tight end in 2013 when he finished with 69 catches for 759 yards.

Campbell initially joined the Dolphins as a coaching intern in 2010.

Campbell joined the Dolphins after wrapping up his 11-year career as an NFL tight end. Campbell’s last season came in 2009 as a member of the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, although he spent the year on injured reserve.

Campbell was a third-round pick of the New York Giants out of Texas A&M in 1999 and spent four seasons in New York before stints with the Dallas Cowboys (2003-05) and Detroit Lions (2006-08).

He appeared in 114 games, with 75 starts, and had 91 career receptions. Campbell was a member of the 2000 New York Giants team that reached the Super Bowl.
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