Former Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell will join the New Orleans Saints’ staff as their tight ends coach and assistant head coach, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett. Current tight ends coach Dan Roushar is expected to remain on staff, though it is unclear at this time what his role will be.
Former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi will also join the Saints as their new quarterbacks coach. Lombardi was fired after the Lions got off to a 1-6 start to the 2015 season.
The Dolphins named Campbell interim head coach after they fired Joe Philbin following the Dolphins’ Week 4 loss in London to the New York Jets. After starting the season 1-3 with Philbin, the Dolphins went 5-7 under Campbell’s leadership, finishing the year with a 6-10 record. Campbell asked to be released from his contract with the Dolphins after the team hired Adam Gase as its new head coach, leaving Campbell free to seek other opportunities.
His AFC playoff record since 2005 is 7-6. Add in the 1-2 record in Super Bowl appearances, and Manning is 8-8 overall in that time. His postseason history suggests that if the Broncos beat the Steelers, they are likely to win the AFC title the next week, regardless of whether they play the Patriots or Chiefs.
I’m starting with 2005, when Manning’s team was the No. 1 seed and the conference favorite for the first time in his career. In his six first-game playoff losses since (he missed the 2011 season), his teams have been the 1, 2, 5, 3, 1 and 2 seeds. In his three Super Bowl appearances, they have been the 3, 1 and 1 seeds. The Broncos are the No. 1 seed this season.
Contrary to widespread belief, Manning has not “choked” in these games. His stats as a loser in the AFC playoffs in the last nine seasons are comparable to when he wins, and he has actually thrown more interceptions in the wins.