Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennell knows exactly what he's getting from his new offensive coordinator. After all, they've worked together before.
Brian Daboll, who worked alongside Crennell for four seasons and three Super Bowl victories on Bill Belichick's coaching staff in New England, was hired Monday as the Chiefs' new offensive coordinator. It will be his fourth season as an offensive coordinator, after he spent the 2011 campaign as offensive coordinator in Miami and the 2009 and 2010 seasons in Cleveland.
"Brian is a fine football coach and offensive mind," said Head Coach Romeo Crennel. "I worked with him when he was a young coach in New England and I am proud of the way his career has developed."
Crennel had previously stated that the new offensive coordinator would be major hire, as Crennel will focus his efforts primarily on the Chiefs' defense.
While in New England, Daboll spent three seasons working under the man he'll replace in Kansas City, new University of Kansas head coach Charlie Weis. Daboll started his tenure with the Patriots as a defensive assistant, but took over as wide receivers coach in 2002 when Ivan Fears took over as running backs coach. He's worked exclusively on the offensive side of the ball ever since, moving to the Jets as quarterbacks coach in 2007, then taking over as offensive coordinator in Cleveland in 2009.
Daboll inherits a Chiefs team that ranked 27th in the NFL in total offense in 2011 (310 yards per game), and next to last (13.2 points per game) in scoring offense. Kansas City was 25th in the league in passing offense (192.5 yards per game) and 15th in rushing offense (118.3 yards per game). Matt Cassel went 4-5 as the team's starter before giving way to Tyler Palko in Week 11, with Kyle Orton leading the Chiefs to wins over Green Bay and Denver in their last three games after being cut by the Broncos. Orton and Cassel are expected to compete for the starting job this fall.
Under Daboll's leadership, Miami was 22nd in the NFL in total offense in 2011 (317.4 yards per game) and 20th in scoring offense (20.6 points per game). The Dolphins were 23rd in the league in passing offense (193.2 yards per game) and 11th in the league on the ground (124.2 yards per game).
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The Falcons fired Paul Boudreau as the team's offensive line coach a week after the team was crushed by the New York Giants in the opening round of the NFL playoffs. Then on Monday, the Falcons announced that defensive backs coach Alvin Reynolds has been released from his contract and will not return for the 2012 season.
Boudreau and Reynolds each served four years at their the posts for the Falcons, who already lost offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey to Jacksonville, where he takes over as head coach. Quartebacks coach Bob Bratkowski followed Mularkey to serve as Jaguars offensive coordinator.
Boudreau's unit was effective in helping the Falcons advance to the playoffs, though some opponents considered Atlanta's linemen "dirty" for their style of play.
Justin Tuck of the Giants called the linemen "dirtbags" prior to the teams' playoff game.
The well-traveled Boudreau has previously worked for the Saints, Lions, Patriots, Dolphins, Panthers, Jaguars and Rams.
Browns Add A Patriot Alum
In another coaching move Tim Hauck, who spent 13ears playing safety in the NFL, is the Browns' new defensive backs coach.
Hauck was the assistant secondary coach for the Tennessee Titans the last two seasons. He is replacing Jerome Henderson, who left the Browns after three seasons to coach the defensive backs in Dallas.
Hauck broke into the NFL as an undrafted rookie with the Patriots in 1990. He also played with the Packers (1991-94), Broncos (1995-96), Seahawks (1997), Colts (1998), Eagles (1999-2001) and 49ers (2002). Through his travels he played in 183 NFL games.
Hauck was a defensive assistant at his alma mater, the University of Montana, from 2004-07 and at UCLA in 2008 before joining the Titans' staff in 2009.
No Licht In Chicago
Prior to hiring Phil Emery to become their new GM, the Chicago Bears began external interviews for their general manager's vacancy by meeting with New England Patriots director of pro player personnel Jason Licht. They met with a second tiime before ultimately deciding on Emery.
"He's got a great feel and a great knowledge and understanding of the league and players, and he works well with our staff," Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio told Chicago media about Licht at media day during Super Bowl week. "He's done a nice job for us, since he's come back."
The Bears also scheduled interviews with San Diego Charters director of player personnel Jimmy Raye III . New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery were also expected to get interviews.
The Bears' one in-house candidate is director of player personnel Tim Ruskell.
Jerry Angelo was fired as GM in January.
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Material from the Sports Xchange was used in conjunction with team and wire sources to produce this report.