Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, hired on Saturday as the 12th head coach in team history, is starting to put together his coaching staff. He may be doing it without the team's former tight ends coach and the man who was elevated to the interim head coach position. The team, and fans, had hoped that Dan Campbell would have a place on Gase's staff, but, it appears, that Campbell would prefer to move to a new opportunity.
According to a report from the Palm Beach Post's Andrew Abramson, "Sources say Campbell is making the...decision easy for Gase. Campbell wants to move on and will almost certainly leave although nothing is official yet."
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has repeatedly said he would like to keep Campbell. During the press conference the team held to introduce Gase as the new head coach, Ross reiterated his hope to have Campbell stay in the Miami organization, saying, "I love Dan Campbell. He's done a great job. I'd love to see him in the organization but Adam has really the free hand to hire his assistants. And the question is, he'll probably meet with Dan, and he can tell you that, but I don't think any conclusion (has been made). But I think, the way we feel about Dan, as an organization, is fantastic."
Campbell, an 11-year veteran of the NFL as a tight end playing for four different teams, starting his coaching career as an intern with the Dolphins in 2010. He took over as the tight ends coach in 2011, a position he has held since. He was promoted to the interim head coach position after the team fired Joe Philbin after a 1-3 start to the season. Campbell finished the season 5-7, giving Miami a 6-10 record overall.
The Dolphins interviewed Campbell for the permanent head coach position, but decided to go with Gase. Campbell was considered a finalist for the position.