Is Brian Daboll The Answer?

Brian Daboll once again coaching with a heavy heart after his grandfather  passed away | News 4 Buffalo

According to reports the Bills OC Brian Daboll is scheduled to interview for the vacant head coaching job after Brian Flores burnt bridges in Miami and was fired by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. 

Why Daboll? 

Brian Daboll is fully aware of Miami’s young QB Tua Tagovailoa  as he was the OC at Alabama when Tua came to their program and helped in recruiting and coaching Tua up in college. From all reports/ rumors Miami is doubling down on Tua and if they land Brian Daboll he will have to had convinced the Miami Brass that he can develop Tua into a franchise QB and with the work he has done with Josh Allen who was once considered a project QB who now is a top 5 QB in the league you can understand the reasoning of wanting to build up Tua with Daboll and see if they got it right. 

It is no secret that fired HC Brian Flores was no Tua fan despite defending him publicly. You hear reports of him belittling and berating the young QB because he did not have faith in Tua. There are some reasons for the former Head Coaches concerns but he went too far in how he dealt with Tua and others…. 

Tua admitted he did not know the playbook as well as he could have his rookie season and Tua has played well in the system, but he has not shown the skill set one would hope to see out of a starting QB, let alone a franchise QB. 

Word is Flores also felt this past season that Tua was not studious enough for his taste but did leisurely things on his off days (Like Learning to Gulf) when Flores felt he should have devoted more time studying the game plan. 

Early Distractions 

The distractions that Tua has faced in his short two seasons in Miami are unprecedented and might have led to his disinterest in fully committing to this team. Brian Flores may had been forced to start Tua over Fitzpatrick in Tua’s rookie season and after starting him he quickly benched him for the veteran QB in two games because Flores was more interested in trying to make the playoffs rather than lose the games Tua was struggling in during his rookie season. 

The Deshawn Watson Trade Rumors were rampant during the start of Tua’s 2nd year, and many thought Miami was really close to making a deal just before the trade deadline. There are back and forth rumors as to who was behind the pursuit of Watson as some feel Brian Flores was the main force behind wanting that trade to go down. Others say the Dolphins owner is the one who really wanted Watson who is considered a franchise QB and is just 25 years old, but mired in a lawsuit and criminal complaint of sexual abuse of Massage Therapists with over 22 civil complaints. 

It appears that GM Chris Grier wants to give Tua more help and better support and see if he is the right QB in 2022 because they have two first round picks in 2023 that they can use to go after a different QB if Tua fails to deliver in 2022. 

This is what Wikipedia has to say about Daboll career: 

Daboll began his NFL coaching career with the New England Patriots as a defensive coaching assistant in 2000 under new head coach Bill Belichick before being promoted to wide receivers coach for the Patriots in 2002. After the 2006 season, he left the Patriots to serve as the Jets’ quarterbacks coach. The Patriots won 3 Super Bowls during Daboll’s tenure. 

In 2009, Daboll joined Eric Mangini‘s staff in Cleveland as offensive coordinator. Under Daboll the Browns had the NFL’s 32nd ranked offense in 2009[1] and the 29th ranked offense in 2010.[2] Daboll was named Offensive Coordinator of the Miami Dolphins under Tony Sparano in 2011, with his Dolphins improving from 30th in the league to 20th in overall offense.[3] On February 6, 2012 the Kansas City Chiefs announced the hiring of Daboll as offensive coordinator, replacing the retired Bill Muir. Daboll had previously worked with Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel, general manager Scott Pioli and quarterback Matt Cassel in the New England Patriots organization. On January 14, 2013, the New England Patriots announced that he would be brought back in a coaching capacity for the remainder of the Patriots 2012–13 season.[4] On February 5, 2017, Daboll was part of the Patriots coaching staff that won Super Bowl LI. In the game, the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime.[5] 

Return to college football 

Daboll returned to college football in 2017 as offensive coordinator for Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, starting February 20, 2017.[6] He helped Alabama reach the 2018 National Championship Game, where the Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime. 

Return to the NFL 

Buffalo Bills 

On January 14, 2018, Daboll was named as the new offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills.[7] Daboll is credited in part with the development of quarterback Josh Allen, who many scouts saw as a “project” coming out of college. Allen set numerous passing records for the Bills in the 2020 season,[8] and the Bills offense as a whole improved significantly that year, finishing 2nd that year with 31.3 points per game. For his work, Daboll won the Associated Press NFL Assistant Coach of the Year Award for the 2020 season.[9] 

Brian Daboll is scheduled to interview with Miami today and we will soon find out if he will get the job as he also is rumored to be visiting the Bears today too…he is a hot top candidate and the best thing of all is that Buffalo will lose him and their DC Leslie Frazier to teams looking to poach from Sean McDermott coaching tree. 

Others on the request list

Here’s where Miami’s coaching search stands. 

Future Interviews:

  • 49ers OC Mike McDaniel (Requested)
  • Bills OC Brian Daboll (Scheduled)
  • Bills DC Leslie Frazier (Requested)
  • Cowboys DC Dan Quinn (Requested)
  • Cardinals DC Vance Joseph (Requested)
  • Cowboys OC Kellen Moore (Requested)
  • Rams RBs coach/assistant HC Thomas Brown (Requested)

UPDATE: Both Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier are set to meet with Dolphins contingent in Buffalo TODAY!!!

Jim Harbaugh is still my top choice! 

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