Senior Bowl: New Bills OC Brian Daboll excited to be back “home” (video)
By: Nick Wojton
The Buffalo Bills named Brian Daboll their new offensive coordinator, replacing Rick Dennison, on January 14.
While the lede paragraph above was not very exciting, Daboll certainly was excited during his first conversation with members of the western New York media on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
Daboll, who is a graduate two local schools in St. Francis High School which is located within a few short miles of New Era Field and the University of Rochester, called Buffalo home.
“The city of Buffalo and the surrounding areas are special to me as anything, beside my family. This community and what they stand for, that’s how I grew up. It’s a tough town with tough people. I have a world of respect for this place. It’s very special to me and my family and I’m extremely excited,” Daboll said during a video interview with the team’s website.
“When Sean [McDermott] called we sat down on the phone and talked, and talked, and talked some more, and this was a really good fit. I couldn’t be happier to come back home. I can’t thank Sean and Brandon [Beane] and the Pegula family enough. It’s a great opportunity for my family and we’re excited to be here.”
Daboll further expressed his thoughts on the area with members of the media, including Andy Young from Spectrum News:
Daboll spent the 2017 football season in the college ranks, winning the National Championship with the University of Alabama, 26-23, over the University of Georgia.
In that game, Daboll’s team led by head coach Nick Saban made a huge in-game adjustment.
Alabama switched from sophomore Jalen Hurts to freshman Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback following half, helping Bama take the win as Tagovailoa went 14-for-24, 166 passing yards, with three touchdowns and an interception. Hurts was 3-for-8 for 21 yards passing when pulled.
Daboll’s predecessor in Dennison was criticized at times for his offensive, or lack of, at halftime. Daboll had an interesting comment, questioning that logic when interviewed by the team’s website, saying his adjustments can come much sooner than that.
“The minute the game starts. It’s not just at half time. It could be after the first series, it could be after the third series. Until you get a feeling for how the game is going and what you need to do and how you’re getting played, there’s no sense in waiting until half time to try and adjust as fast as you can,” Daboll said.
However, there isn’t only success in Daboll’s past. In his previous four seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator, the highest he had his unit finish was 22nd (2011 Dolphins). Daboll will want to chance that, and to do so, he’ll ignore past struggles and criticisms regarding them.
“It’s kind of, in this business you have your blinders on and your vision moving forward,” Daboll said according to Matthew Fairburn of NYUpstate.com.
Daboll and the rest of the Bills helm, which includes McDermott and Beane, will continuing scouting this week ahead of Saturday’s Senior Bowl game.
For more on what McDermott and Beane had addressed during the Senior Bowl, visit www.BuffaloFootballBeat.com.