IRVING, Texas -- Oakland’s new coach Dennis Allen is off to a good start even if he did not get his man. He identified Joe DeCamillis as his target for assistant head coach and special teams coordinator.
DeCamillis, who worked with Allen in Atlanta, is fiery, has a good history as a special teams coach though 2011 was not his finest hour and will outwork just about everybody.
It will lead to some awkwardness around Valley Ranch. It has to even if it will never be admitted to publicly.
The Raiders were ready to offer DeCamillis a promotion of assistant head coach, much the same way Green Bay allowed wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson to leave for the Cowboys last offseason. The Packers did not have to grant permission but they allowed Robinson a chance to move up the coaching chain.
There seems to be a hint of hypocrisy given how Robinson joined the Cowboys, but it is well within the team’s purview to hold on to a coach under contract. And it could mean Jason Garrett did not have a replacement in his back pocket to let DeCamillis go to Oakland.
DeCamillis wants to be a head coach one day. Getting that title in Oakland would help his profile even if he technically would be doing the same job with the Raiders that he would have with the Cowboys.
When Sean Payton left for New Orleans he wanted to take Tony Sparano with him as offensive coordinator, but the Cowboys denied the request. Sparano was upset because he felt he was being penalized and would not get a shot at a head coaching spot in the future. Bill Parcells did not want to lose a good coach from a staff that was already losing its playcaller in Payton. Two years later Parcells hired Sparano as Miami’s head coach.
If the Cowboys win and the special teams play well in 2012, then DeCamillis will get his chance.