Dan Campbell will not stick around to watch another man do the job he held on an interim basis for 13 weeks.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Campbell received his release from the Miami Dolphins on Monday and is looking at opportunities elsewhere.
Campbell interviewed for the head-coaching gig, but the Dolphins' brass selected Adam Gase to be their next leader. Campbell remained under contract, needing his release from the team to pursue other jobs.
Owner Stephen Ross said during Gase's introductory press conference that he wanted to keep Campbell in the organization -- Ross clearly like's Campbell's energy -- but left the decision to his new coach. Campbell smartly has other ideas. Only in cutting loose from Miami can he build his resume to the point where he could be attractive to teams looking for head coaches in the future.
The Dolphins got off to a hot 2-0 start under Campbell, but fizzled, going 3-7 over the final 10 games. Campbell made some rookie coaching flubs and after the rejuvenating energy wore out, it was clear the Dolphins were still overmatched in terms of schemes and designs.
Campbell had been the Dolphins tight ends coach since 2011.
It will be interesting to see where Campbell lands next. He's never been a coordinator before, which would seem like a logical step for a man with head coaching aspirations.