Although regularly overlooked by the common fan, special teams consistently has been a hallmark of quality football teams, and can literally make or break a game. DeCamillis has been nothing short of a godsend for the Jags. He started his career at Denver, and moved to coach special teams under his now father-in-law Dan Reeves in NY. Afterwards, he jumped to Atlanta where he presided over a special teams monster for the better part of a decade. This man can flat out coach, and he’s got a reputation for doing so.
This is from an article about Harbaugh and the Ravens written this year, and DeCamillis had enough of an impact on Ed Edholm that he puts Joe into the same category as the Coach he’s evaluating. That speaks volumes about Joe’s ability to both communicate and coach. He's another coach who may leave for greener pastures in the future should the opportunity present itself.
Let’s look at the playoff power rankings from 2006 when the Falcons were in the playoffs and Joe was the special teams coach. His unit was a major part of their campaign that entire season and had been solid for years by that point.
Here again, we hear about Mora’s pleas to keep him around. He knew his value. Here again there special teams is praised. The whole article is close to two pages, but here’s the best excerpt from the NY Times piece. All these articles point to the same fact, this guy's a freakin' guru!
There is one more article I dug up from the NY Times from back in 1994 , which is again very positive in its review of the coach. That is one thing I've noticed, no negative pieces on Joe anywhere. All the stories I've seen have been glowing in their overviews of Coach DeCamillis and he seems to have an uncanny ability to dissect and breakdown special teams. Everywhere he's gone, success has followed. The Jags are lucky to have him and he's the reason we don't have to sweat the Titans new KR who runs a 4.24.
Who doesn’t remember the onside kick against the Texans during the fist half of our sixth game last season. It turned the whole game around and apparently; the call was all Joe’s. I like to see a coach who's gutsy, and it sure is comforting to know his unit was prepared enough to successfully run the play at the drop of a hat. Preparation is the key to superiority.
Joe will be entering his second season with Jacksonville and we should continue to see improvement in his group. It isn't to much to expect a top 5 special teams unit this year as Joe typically demands more time be spent on them in practice than is commonplace. This work ethic is a large part of his success and it rubs off on his players.
There were players who said last season that DeCamillis was too rigid and that he didn't have a true feel for the game. Some players thought they spent too much time on special teams in practice. No one is complaining now and many players say they have respect for DeCamillis because, they say, it's evident he worked hard in the off season.
Now, that's how you earn respect.