Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis at camp minus the neck brace.
After last week’s Texans’ game in Houston, a crucial 27-13 Dallas victory, several players’ credited a speech delivered on Saturday night by special teams coach Joe DeCamillis’ as being crucial to their backs-against-the wall, us-against-the-world mentality they brought into the game with such success.
After hearing a few details of the pep talk, it’s not hard to see why. In a recent appearance on 1310 The Ticket, DeCamillis recounted the speech, saying that he used his experience in the practice bubble collapse in 2009--which resulted in a fractured vertebrae for DeCamillis--as a metaphor for the precarious position the team was in going into Houston.
“I basically tried to take a personal situation that occurred last year and really talked about how we had a choice to keep our season going or not keep it going, and really, how do we want to be portrayed, how do we want to keep it going and how important it was to go out and play the way that we're supposed to play,” DeCamillis said. “I kind of said the same thing happened a year ago, and I was really underneath all that stuff and I thought 'I don't want to go out this way.'
“That's the basic message I was trying to get across, that I don't think this team wants to go out that way, and they took it like that which is great.”
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