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February 21, 2013

Chicago GM "surprised" he was able to get Joe DeCamillis as special teams coach from Dallas

Former Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis and Chicago general manager Phil Emery were together in Atlanta. So DeCamillis got an interview for the head coaching job with the Bears before they hired him as special teams coach.

"He was an excellent interview," Emery said Thursday. "For those who know Joe D. in the coaching community, and throughout the league, he’s a very detailed, well-prepared individual. We sat down, and he had an iPad ready for me, and an iPad ready for himself and he said, ‘I’m ready to go.’ I had to slow him down a little bit. I wanted to revisit with him. We had worked together, but I wanted him to take me back through his career then we moved forward. He had an excellent interview."

DeCamillis, 47, was with the Cowboys for four seasons. He still was under contract to the Cowboys, but they allowed him to leave to join the Bears.

"I was extremely surprised and felt very good that we were able to get him on this staff," Emery said. "Obviously, we had lost Dave [Toub]. He had moved to the Chiefs. And we interviewed Joe D. for the head coaching position, so I felt very good about him as a coach and glad to have him."

-- Charean Williams


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