Daboll: 'It's a privilege' to be with the Bills

August 7, 2018

The Buffalo Bills held their final practice of the week at training camp from St. John Fisher College on Tuesday as they continue to prepare for the very intriguing preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night at New Era Field in Orchard Park.

This season will be the first year for new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in Buffalo. The veteran coach returns home for the first time after spending several years in the NFL and the college ranks, working with several different football programs.

After graduating from Saint Francis High School in Athol Springs, he attended the University of Rochester where he was a letterman in football for the Yellowjackets. After graduating, he was hired by The College of William and Mary before becoming a graduate assistant at Michigan State.

Of course, since training camp is near where Daboll went to college, there is a sense of nostalgia for the Western New York native.

“It’s a privilege to be here. I have a lot of family members that live here,” recalled Daboll with Howard and Jeremy on Tuesday morning from training camp in Pittsford. “You’ve been gone for 20-plus years, to be here full-time has been a blessing.”

After two seasons in East Lansing, he was hired by the New England Patriots and newly hired head coach Bill Belichick in 2000 as a defensive coaching assistant. In 2002, he was promoted to wide receivers coach. In 2007, he was hired to be the quarterbacks coach of the New York Jets. In 2009, he was hired by Eric Mangini to become the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns. Under Daboll, the Browns finished 32nd and 29th in ranked offense in 2009 and 2010, respectively. In 2011, he was hired by the Miami Dolphins to be the offensive coordinator under the late Tony Sparano. Miami’s offense improved from 30th in overall offense to 20th. In 2012, he was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs as the offensive coordinator by head coach Romeo Crennel. In 2013, he returned to the Patriots as an offensive assistant before getting promoted to tight ends coach in 2014.

Daboll returned to college football in 2017 and served just one season as the offensive coordinator of the Alabama Crimson Tide under Nick Saban before getting hired by the Bills in January.

Overall, Daboll has won six championships, five Super Bowls with New England and one College Football Championship with Alabama.

Daboll had some nice things to say about arguably the two best head coaches at their levels.

“[Belichick and Saban] are very efficient and effective at what they do. The management style, the leadership style, how they manage a game, how they deal with players and staff, I mean, they’re in top of it. They’re really good for a reason.

“They’re committed to doing everything that they can do to help the team be as successful as they can,” continued Daboll. “At the end of the day, there’s only one Bill and there’s only one Nick.”

Of course, the big focus out of Bills training camp is the quarterback competition between A.J. McCarron, Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen.

“[Allen] is a smart guy, he’s mature for his age and every day, you’re seeing things for the first time. He may have ran a similar play in college but it might be taught a little differently,” said Daboll of the 22-year old rookie out of Wyoming.

But in the last few days, fans have noticed that Allen has not been taking reps with the first-team offense.

“We mix all those guys quite a bit each day. Based on the situation of practice and practice preparation, those guys have all really mixed in,” said Daboll after being asked about the lack of reps for Allen.

“I’m sure Sean [McDermott] has an idea. I think that’s a good question for Sean."

You can hear Daboll’s entire interview with Howard and Jeremy below: