Dan Campbell can only hope sharing a mentor with Bill Belichick will lead to similar success.
Like Belichick, Campbell learned from Bill Parcells. The Hall of Fame coach had great influence on the two men who face each other for the first time Thursday night when Belichick’s unbeaten New England Patriots (6-0) host Campbell and the Miami Dolphins (3-3).
While Belichick has paved his way to Canton by winning four Super Bowls in New England, Campbell is off to a great start. He won his first two games as Miami’s interim coach after replacing Joe Philbin.
“Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches that’s ever coached,” Campbell said. “That’s just the bottom line. I don’t look at it as me vs. him. This is the Miami Dolphins vs. the New England Patriots.”
That’s probably similar to what Parcells said before a matchup against Bill Walsh or Chuck Noll many years ago.
Campbell played three seasons for Parcells in Dallas from 2003-05 and began his coaching career in Miami in 2010 when Parcells was still in the Dolphins’ front office.
Decades earlier, Belichick worked under Parcells for 12 seasons with the Giants,…