Giants HC Brian Daboll Tells Story About Dan Campbell ‘Slamming Chairs & Hitting Walls’ During Dolphins Interview

As the New York Giants are preparing to take on the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Giant head coach Brian Daboll was asked about his prior relationship with Lions head coach Dan Campbell and Daboll had a great story to share.

Back in 2011, Daboll was the offensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins and at the time head coach Tony Soprano suggested that Daboll interview Campbell for an assistant job. Daboll did and it was an interview he would never forget. According to Daboll, Campbell was extremely intense during the interview, he was slamming chairs and hitting walls:

“Tony said, ‘Hey, I got this guy that I think will be good. Why don’t we interview him? You take care of the interview.’ So, I interviewed Dan,” Daboll said. “It was a great interview. He’s slamming chairs on the ground, hitting walls, and going through all these drills.

“You guys know him. He’s a great person. Fantastic family. It was an entertaining interview. Knew a lot, obviously. He was very passionate. Tough as nails. You could tell. Heck, he was out of breath in half that interview with the stuff he was doing. Yeah, great guy.”


Daboll also complimented Campbell for the effect he has had on the Lions since he took over in 2021.

“He’s a tough guy,” Daboll said. “Very smart. That’s the way his team plays.”

Daboll and Campbell will square off on Sunday afternoon, as the 3-6 Lions travel to MetLife Stadium to face the 7-2 New York Giants.