Coaches

Joe DeCamillis
Special Teams Coord./Asst. Head Coach

Biography

Joe DeCamillis is in his first season as Chicago’s assistant head coach/special teams coordinator, after being hired by the franchise on January 16, 2013.

Joe DeCamillis is in his first season as Chicago’s assistant head coach/special teams coordinator, after being hired by the franchise on January 16, 2013.

DeCamillis has 24 years of experience coaching special teams in the NFL, spending the last four seasons as special teams coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. In 20 of his 25 years as an NFL coach, a player on DeCamillis' special teams unit has returned either a punt or a kickoff for a touchdown, with a total of 26 kick return touchdowns (16 punt and 10 kickoff). He has helped coach a punter (Mat McBriar) and returner (Allen Rossum) to Pro Bowl nods. In 2009, DeCamillis was named Dallas’ Ed Block Courage Award winner as voted by the Cowboy players.

In 2012, Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey was tied for second in the NFL in field goal accuracy, connecting on 93.5 percent of his attempts (29 of 31) and Dwayne Harris finished second in the league in punt returns averaging 16.1 yards per return (354 yards and one touchdown on 22 returns). Bailey also set a franchise mark with 30 touchbacks on kickoffs. The Cowboys were also sixth in kickoff coverage allowing just 22 yards per return.

A year earlier, under DeCamillis tutelage, Bailey, who joined the team as an undrafted free agent finished with 32 field goals made, fourth all-time among NFL rookie kickers.

DeCamillis oversaw McBriar’s Pro Bowl campaign in 2010 when he led the NFL in both gross (47.9) and net (41.7) punting averages. The rookie combination of Dez Bryant (two) and Bryan McCann (one) combined for a team-record three punt return touchdowns. Kicker David Buehler was fourth in the NFL with 22 touchbacks.

In his first season with Dallas, DeCamillis led the unit to a fourth-place finish in the special teams rankings compiled by the Dallas Morning News’ Rick Gosselin after the team finished 27th a year before his arrival. During 2009, Dallas ranked second in the NFL in opponent starting field position after kickoffs (22.8-yard line) and sixth in punt returns (10.9 yards per return), after finishing 20th and 30th respectively in 2008. Patrick Crayton had a punt return touchdown in back-to-back contests, the second player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. McBriar set a franchise record that year with 38 punts downed inside-the-20.

DeCamillis came to Dallas by way of Jacksonville, spending two seasons (2007-08) coaching the Jaguars special teams. In Jacksonville, DeCamillis’ kickoff coverage units ranked fourth in the NFL in 2007 (25.8-yard line) and first in 2008 (24.5) in opponent starting point after kickoffs. His 2008 squad held the league’s third lowest opponent kickoff return average at 19.9 yards per return.

Prior to his time in Jacksonville, DeCamillis led Atlanta’s special teams units for 10 years (1997-2006). In those 10 seasons the Falcons punt coverage allowed an NFL-low 6.1 yards per return with just one touchdown, finishing first overall in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2004 and second overall in 1998 and 2002 . Atlanta was second in the NFL during DeCamillis’ tenure with eight kickoff return touchdowns and 13 total return touchdowns.

Five different Falcons had kick return touchdowns under DeCamillis tutelage, led by Derrick Vaughn’s four, which are second most in franchise history. In 2004, Rossum was named to the Pro Bowl after finishing second in the league with a 12.4 punt return average.

In 2002, DeCamillis helped kicker Jay Feely establish Falcons single-season records for points (138) and field goals made (32), which now both stand as second-best in franchise annals.

DeCamillis began his coaching career in Denver as defensive quality control and assistant special teams coach from 1989-92 before spending four seasons (1993-96) as special teams coach with the New York Giants.

DeCamillis and his wife, Dana, have two daughters, Caitlin and Ashley.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Inside Rookie Minicamp: Episode 3

    Posted Jun 19, 2014

    Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer introduces the rookie offensive lineman to new techniques and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis emphasizes special teams on episode three of Inside Rookie Minicamp.

  • Rewind: DeCamillis presser 6.18.14

    (7:20) Posted Jun 18, 2014

    Miss the live stream of special team coordinator Joe DeCamillis' press conference? Watch the entire press conference from Wednesday right here.

  • Inside Rookie Minicamp: Episode 2

    Posted Jun 16, 2014

    The rookies hit the practice field for the first time and coaches Jon Hoke and Chris Harris have their first opportunity to work with defensive backs Kyle Fuller and Brock Vereen on episode two of Inside Rookie Minicamp.

  • DeCamillis on competition at punter

    (2:08) Posted May 17, 2014

    Special teams coordinator and assistant head coach Joe DeCamillis addressed the media Saturday at Halas Hall to discuss the punter competition and the changes on special teams.