IRVING, Texas, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones Wednesday handed the head coaching job to defensive coordinator Dave Campo, who immediately said his No. 1 goal would be to bring back the attitude that helped the team win three Super Bowls during the 1990s.
"I have selected the man who I think is the best person to help us win," Jones said. "I came to a the determination not to go outside our organization as early as seven to 10 days ago and this morning, I decided we needed to get on with it."
Jones said Campo had signed a five-year contract worth between $800,000 to $1 million a year.
Within days after Jones dismissed previous coach Chan Gailey, Campo went to the Cowboys owner and told him what he thought the team needed to do to win. That conversation eventually convinced Jones that Campo should coach the team.
Campo was brought to the Cowboys with Jimmy Johnson when he was hired to coach the team in 1989 and has never left. Campo's defenses have kept the Cowboys a playoff team the past two seasons while the offensive side of the ball has struggled.
"The No. 1 objective I have is to develop an attitude," Campo said. "Practice is not fun, but the bottom line is to have fun when you win. We have to get people excited to be on the field.
"I want to get back to the championship attitude we had in 1992 and 1993 and 1994 and 1995. I believe I have an advantage because I was there when we were 1-15 (in 1989) and I was there when we were Super Bowl champion. That is what I want to do -- bring that attitude back."
Campo never played professional football and he had never coached in the NFL until he was brought to Dallas from the University of Miami by Johnson.
Although Campo was Jones' eventual choice, the Cowboys owner was interested in talking to three other coaches who became locked up with new contracts -- St. Louis offensive coordinator Mike Martz, Washington coach Norv Turner and new Miami coach Dave Wannstedt.
"In doing my research over the past several weeks," Jones said, "I talked to a lot of people about the way the game is played today. And the one thing that came back to me was the respect people have for the assistant coaches we have here. It gives me a very special feeling of pride when we can look and see a man with qualifications who is not only qualified to be a head coach in the NFL, but who is uniquely qualified to coach the Dallas Cowboys."
Campo said a defensive and offensive coordinator would be hired as quickly as possible, but gave no hints as to who they might be. He said, however, they would fit his defensive philosophy, the same kind of philosophy he hopes to bring to the offense.
"Our defense will not change a whole lot," Campo said. "We will chase the football. We will try to make things happen. And I would like to take that style on offense. I want to attack. I want to be aggressive. I want to go after the jugular vein as many times during the course of a game as we can. I have had a chance to study every scheme. I know how to attack defenses."
Campo said he thought the Cowboys had the players in place to challenge for a berth in the Super Bowl.
"The Tennessee Titans were 8-8 last year (the same record the Cowboys had this season) and they are in the Super Bowl," Campo said. "We have the players, with a little tweaking here and there, who will give us a chance to be successful."