Matt Campbell’s name seemingly came out of nowhere as a leading candidate for the Browns head coaching job. The local coach from Massillon Perry, Ohio has climbed the ranks quickly all the way to head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones. Over the last few years, Campbell has also built a friendship with Browns GM John Dorsey.
Albert Breer, Senior NFL Reporter for TheMMQB, has been steadfast that GM John Dorsey will have Campbell in for an interview early in the process of finding a new head coach. To go from a small college program to the highest level of coaching on a professional team would be no easy task. Let’s take a look at how coach Campbell stacks up on Dorsey’s list of traits he values: high football acumen, the ability to lead young men, and a man of character.
High football acumen:
Matthew Allen Campbell, the son of a high school head coach, had football in his blood from the start. Winning came early in high school as he played for Massillon Perry High and won three conference championships.
He spent a short time at Bowling Green State University as a graduate assistant, then returned closer home to Mount Union in 2005 to take over as offensive coordinator. Campbell was instrumental in helping the team win a Division III championship both years he was with the program.
Campbell then went back to Bowling Green State University as offensive line coach. During his tenure, he also took over the run game coordinator position.
Two years later, the University of Toledo hired Campbell to continue his role as a run game coordinator. He was then named the offensive coordinator for the 2010 season. Following the 2011 season, the University of Toledo named Matt Campbell head coach, the youngest in FBS football at the age of 32. From 2011 to 2015 coach Campbell started his reign of upsets and winning football games. When he left Toledo with a record of 35-15, it was reported he turned down a job with the Ohio State Buckeyes.
In 2016, Matt Campbell was named the head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones. Campbell turned around a once-failing program in just three short years. Throughout his brief coaching career, Campbell had already won 2 MAC West Division championships along with Mac and Big 12 Coach of the Year.
Safe to say the answer would be yes. Campbell started in the trenches of football coaching and climbed his way to top. He earned every promotion through hard work and his knowledge of the game.
Can lead young men:
Like the Thracian gladiator Spartacus, coach Campbell led the downtrodden to rise up and defeat the mighty. Each year Campbell continues to get the very best out of his players. With some of the most amazing upsets in college football, no team is truly safe playing against his team. In 2017, coach Campbell and his unranked team upset 3 of the 4 ranked teams they played. Starting with #3 ranked Oklahoma, #4 ranked TCU and #19th ranked Memphis. That tread hasn’t stopped in 2018 when the Cyclones beat 25th ranked Oklahoma State and #6th ranked West Virginia.
The answer to whether Campbell possesses the ability to lead young men is an overwhelming yes. More than any other coach that John Dorsey will choose to interview, Matt Campbell is the definition of leading young men. Each year he finds a way to get the most out of every player.
A man of character:
When I started researching Campbell, it wasn’t long before I found how much the Iowa State Cyclones love this man. He is the definition of blue collar and low-key, while always helping those less fortunate. From the time as a kid playing football in his backyard to head coach, he’s lived a life example. Campbell is always careful to surround himself with only good people. In the locker room, coach Campbell keeps a list as a reminder for everyone to see.
Hard work, honesty, and loyalty to his family and faith make it clear that the answer to this question is a resounding yes.
Should the plan be for John Dorsey to think outside the box when it comes to the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns, this would be the choice.
Campbell will check all the boxes, but it’s going to come with an asterisk. Head coach is a difficult job for those already in the NFL, so coming straight out of college will be no easy task. When GM John Dorsey had local media ask about elevating someone from college, he said, “just look at Pete Carroll.” When this same media asked pre-draft about Baker Mayfield, Dorsey’s go-to answer was always to look at Russell Wilson. I also know for a fact that Scot McCloughan (Dorsey’s hired talent evaluator) believes coach Carroll is the best coach in the NFL. Scot said this during a podcast he was on last week. Pete Carroll went 6 and 10 his first year with the Jets and was released.
Next up on my list of coaching reviews Peter (Ninja) Carmichael Jr. New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator.
Written By: @Chadp71
Edited By: @Robzie_
Special Thanks to @BrownsTherapy