Eager to solidify their coaching staff in the coming weeks, the Chicago Bears have added Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis to their list of possible candidates, according to a report by ESPN.com.
The 47-year-old DeCamillis began his coaching career with the Denver Broncos in 1988, and has gone on to serve as a special teams coordinator for the Giants, Falcons, Jaguars and Cowboys over his NFL tenure. He has worked with the Cowboys since the beginning of the 2009 season, and received permission from Dallas' organization to speak with Chicago about the opening. Despite drawing interest for Jacksonville's open head coaching position last winter, DeCamillis ultimately returned for his fourth straight year with the Cowboys in 2012.
DeCamillis now joins a list of candidates that includes Denver offensive guru Mike McCoy, Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and Atlanta special teams coach Keith Armstrong. Bears general manager Phil Emery made it public knowledge on Tuesday that he intends to hire a coach before Jan. 19, although DeCamillis' official interview has yet to be scheduled.