For as desirable a job as it is, the Crimson Tide have been having a hard time finding and keeping someone at the offensive coordinator position. Lane Kiffin got promoted (kind of) as head coach of FAU. Steve Sarkisian jumped into the pro game and is now calling the offensive for the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons.
Alabama and Nick Saban are hoping that the third time is a charm, as the school has announced Brian Daboll as its new offensive coordinator.
“We are certainly happy to add a coach the caliber of Brian Daboll to our staff,” Saban said in a statement.
“I have known Brian since he worked for us as a GA at Michigan State and he has a fantastic reputation in the coaching profession. He brings a tremendous work ethic to the job and has a wealth of football knowledge. Brian is a great teacher of the game, and someone who can relate well to our players. We are excited to welcome Brian, his wife Beth and their family to Tuscaloosa.”
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 20, 2017
“I am honored to have the chance to return to the college game and work for Coach Saban at Alabama,” Daboll added.
“He basically gave me my start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in the late 1990s and has always been a very important influence on my coaching career. It is a tremendous opportunity to work at an institution such as Alabama with its rich tradition and history of sustained success, and I’m very excited to get started.”
Daboll comes to Alabama with a wealth of experience, getting his start in the collegiate ranks before jumping to the NFL. As an offensive coordinator, he has worked for the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs. He has coached with the New England Patriots for the last three years, two as tight ends coach and one as the offensive line coach.
Now, he’ll have a chance to call the plays again.
It appears to be a logical step forward for Daboll, who hasn’t been a hot name in the coaching game since Miami fired him after only one year in sweeping changes following the 2011 season. Saban is developing something of a reputation for giving coaches a second life in their careers; Daboll might stay at Alabama until he gets his own version of a deal at FAU.
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