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Longtime New England Patriots assistant Brian Daboll will be Alabama offensive coordinator

New Alabama Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll has been in NFL 17 years

To The surprise of almost no one, Alabama Coach Nick Saban has selected Brian Daboll to be the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator.
Alabama had a surprise opening at the position of quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator when Steve Sarkisian left Bama after only one game to take the same role with the Atlanta Falcons. Sarkisian, who was an offensive analyst for the Tide last fall, had been tapped to replace Lane Tiffin after Tiffin was selected head coach at Florida Atlantic University, and it was likely a surprise to Saban to have to make a selection at this point.
“We are certainly happy to add a coach the caliber of Brian Daboll to our staff,” Saban said. “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.”
Daboll comes to Tuscaloosa after spending 17 years in the NFL and the past three seasons with the New England Patriots, fresh off of a Super Bowl victory. He coached tight ends for two seasons and offensive line for one in his second stint with the Patriots. He spent a total of 10 seasons in New England and helped the team to five Super Bowl titles (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX and LI).
“I am honored to have the chance to return to the college game and work for Coach Saban at Alabama,” Daboll said. “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 has a history with Saban having been a graduate assistant under Saban at Michigan State in 1998-99.
Most of Daboll’s coaching career has been spent in the NFL, with his only stint as a quarterbacks coach with the New York Jets in 2007-08 and serving as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2009-10, the Miami Dolphins in 2011, and the Kansas City Chiefs (2012).
He has been considered a likely choice as next up for offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots should Josh McDaniels move from that position to a head coaching job in the NFL.
Daboll has had extensive time with the Patriots — 11 of his 17 years in the NFL —, first as a defensive coaching assistant (2000-01), wide receivers coach (2002-06), coaching assistant (2013), and tight ends coach since 2014.
He has been a member of Coach Bill Belichick’s staff for each of the Patriots’ five Super Bowl victories.
Daboll will not have a Tom Brady type to work with at Alabama insofar as the Tide’s returning starter at quarterback, dual-threat sophomore Jalen Hurts.
Alabama’s offensive coordinators have been Major Applewhite in Saban’s first year (2007), Jim McElwain for four years (2008-11), Doug Nussmeier for two (2012-13), and Tiffin for three years less one game (2014-16). Sarkisian had the job only for the national championship game against Clemson at the end of last season.
McElwain, now head coach at Florida, Nussmeier, and Tiffin were all in offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach positions for national championship seasons under Saban — McElwain in 2009 and 2011, Nussmeier in 2012, and Tiffin in 2015.
There were reports that Saban had also interviewed former Houston Texans Offensive Coordinator George Godsey and Mike Locksley, who was formerly head coach at New Mexico and who had served as an offensive coordinator at Illinois and Maryland. He is co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach now for the Tide.
It has also been announced that former Alabama football operations director Joe Pannunzio is returning from the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was an administrator, to coach tight ends and special teams at Alabama.
Alabama may have yet another position to fill if the NCAA permits the addition of a 10th assistant football coach, which could not occur before April.

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