Dan Campbell, who was the interim coach of the Miami Dolphins after Joe Philbin was fired, has returned to the New Orleans Saints and renewed his relationship with Sean Payton and Jeff Ireland.  Campbell also had interest from the Vikings, Chargers and Cowboys.

Campbell started his NFL career as a tight end–drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1999 NFL draft.  As a player, he was more of a blocking tight end than a receiving tight end.  He was part of the Giant’s Super Bowl XXXV team.  His next stint was with the Dallas Cowboys under Bills Parcels and Sean Payton.  Jason Witten arose as the team’s main tight end but Campbell was seen as a mentor and key blocker on the offensive line.  His most productive years as a pass catcher were when he signed with the Detroit Lions where he had  receiving yards of 308 and four touchdowns.  He concluded his tenure as an NFL player with the New Orleans Saints signing with the team during their Super Bowl run.  As part of the team, he received a ring and also retired from the NFL as a Saint.

Dan Campbell

Dan Campbell

He has coached the Miami Dolphins tight ends since 2011 until he was named interim head coach when Philbin was fired.  Owner Stephen Ross stated “The grit that Dan possesses will do wonders in that locker room” when he promoted Campbell.

“He’s a fantastic guy, a great worker, a great teammate,” Payton said when Campbell became the Dolphins interim coach. “He’s someone that is tough, strong. I can’t say enough good things.”

Currently, Dan Roushar is the tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints.  Roushar is expected to stay and will assume a new role.  Campbell will be an assistant head coach/tight ends coach.