Giants coach Brian Daball said this week that when he interviewed Lions coach Dan Campbell a decade ago, Campbell banged chairs and slammed walls during the interview. Asked what he remembers, Campbell said that Daball’s story was not false, but exaggerated.
“Daball, he tells this story to everyone,” Campbell said. “He tells me this every time I see him, we talk, he remembers it again. I don’t remember throwing chairs at the walls or anything like that. That did not happen. But I did a demonstration on chairs. But yes, he clearly exaggerated. But I was sweating, I was out of breath, and I used a chair.”
Campbell admitted that instead of sitting in a chair and answering questions, he got up and walked around the interview room. But Campbell says he was just demonstrating how he would train tight ends, which is the job he was interviewing for.
“Routing, blocking, everything. It was an hour of work on the technique,” said Campbell.
It worked, as Campbell got a job as the Dolphins’ tight ends coach, working under Daball as the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator. Campbell said he remembers Duboll as the coach the players liked to play for, and he is not surprised that Duboll became the favorite of the year in his first year as head coach of the Giants.