IRVING, Texas -- Dave Campo did not consider the Cowboys’ pursuit of Ray Horton an insult.
Campo would have moved to an unspecified role if the Cowboys could have hired Horton after the Super Bowl to coach the secondary. However, it became a moot point when Horton, who had been the Steelers’ secondary coach, accepted Arizona’s offer to become the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator.
Campo, who coached Horton during his four seasons as a Cowboys safety, never felt like his job security was in question. He just wasn’t sure what his role would be.
And Campo, the former Cowboys head coach with more than two decades of NFL experience, gave no indication that he was offended that Jason Garrett considered hiring another secondary coach. Campo said his preference was always to remain in an on-field coaching position, but he appreciated Garrett’s honesty with him about the interest in Horton.
“I knew I was going to be part of the staff regardless of what,” Campo said. “Jason made it very clear to me right from the beginning that he wanted to get some new ideas and some new things in, which I think he’s done a great job of with the guys he’s added to the staff.
“I did not know exactly what my role was going to be, but he made it clear to me that he wanted me to be here and to be part of it and to help him. That’s all I really care about at this point in my career.”