Emery eventually hired Marc Trestman, but he was able to get DeCamillis away from the Cowboys, naming him special teams coordinator and assistant head coach.
"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."
Emery and DeCamillis worked together in Atlanta, so they had a background together, but Emery came away impressed with DeCamillis in the interview process.
"For those who know Joe D. in the coaching community and throughout the league, he’s a very detailed, well-prepared individual,” Emery said. “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 had been with the Cowboys since 2009 and generated some interest from Jacksonville about its head coach opening in 2011. The Cowboys replaced DeCamillis at special teams with Rich Bisaccia.