While assuring Dave Campo he would be on the Cowboys' 2011 coaching staff, Jason Garrett was pursuing Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton to take Campo's job. Campo was Horton's position coach with the Cowboys from 1989-92, so he and Horton already had a familiar relationship.
But Campo's duties with the Cowboys would have changed had Horton been hired.
"I knew Ray was somebody he [Garrett] was interested in," Campo said. "Of course, I love Ray. ...That wasn’t going to be an issue no matter what. Now, how it was going to be split up and what exactly what was going to happen we didn’t know. But we were going forward with everybody here. And I knew that from the very beginning."
Campo said he was the first coach Garrett talked to after Garrett was named the team's eighth head coach on Jan. 6. Campo was told he would have a place on the coaching staff, though it might something other than as the secondary coach.
"I think my record over the longevity speaks for itself," Campo said. "I wasn’t really concerned with whether or not I was going to be here. It was more of what exactly are you going to be doing and how are you going to do it to help us win."
As it turned out, the Cowboys were unable to lure Horton. Horton became the Cardinals defensive coordinator instead, leaving Campo in charge of the Cowboys' secondary with help from Brett Maxie, who works with the safeties.
Campo said he understands the nature of the business, and the Cowboys' secondary did not play well last season. They allowed 33 passing touchdowns and an average of 351.8 passing yards per game.
"What have you done for me lately?" Campo said. "We didn’t play well. We need to play better. That’s something I actually happy that Rob [Ryan] and Jason have enough confidence in me that it’s going to be better."
-- Charean Williams