Are we planning on actually officially hiring Deboll or are we just going to have him walk out onto the practice field in a few weeks?
I wonder if it'll then be Godsey, or possibly Werner as Co-OC with Locksley
possibly Werner as Co-OC with Locksley.
You finally got yourself warmed up about Daboll. You gonna melt if he says, "No, but thanks anyway?"
That might actually work. Ole Miss has had a good offense the last few years. And yeah, I think St. Nick may have decided the RPO spread isn't so great for UA after all, but still, Werner might not be such a bad choice.
Triple Daves: I can find silver linings with Daboll. I find no such silver linings with Godsey. I will melt hard if he's the OC.
Huddie Leadbetter: That might actually work. Ole Miss has had a good offense the last few years. And yeah, I think St. Nick may have decided the RPO spread isn't so great for UA after all, but still, Werner might not be such a bad choice.
I agree, except I don't think Saban plans to move away from the zone-read & RPO elements. That's not a reqirement in order to have a dominant running game. It's the passing game that needs improvement. Too many WR weapons being underutilized
The head of the NCAA's football oversight committee and the leader of the American Football Coaches Association are against delaying until the end of next season the expansion of FBS coaching staffs to 10 members. Bowlsby, chairman of the oversight committee, and Todd Berry, executive director of the AFCA, acknowledged hiring when staffs are typically set could inconvenience some schools. Still, they say it is not worth waiting... (Read more)
Breaking: Per source, Alabama GA Clint Trickett will join the FAU staff as tight ends coach. (LINK ) 3:11 PM · Feb 17, 2017
I'm getting blue DaBolls waiting for an oc announcement.
NFL coaching veteran Brian Daboll will be named Alabama's offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN.com.
Daboll spent the last three seasons as the New England Patriots' tight ends coach. He becomes Alabama's fifth different offensive coordinator since the conclusion of the 2011 season when Jim McElwain left for the Colorado State head coaching job.
Daboll replaces Steve Sarkisian, whose only game as the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator was the College Football Playoff National Championship loss to Clemson. Sarkisian, the former USC head coach, left earlier this month to be the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban had interviewed both Daboll and former Houston Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey in the last few weeks. Alabama co-offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was also a candidate for the job after being promoted from an offensive analyst's role.
Daboll, 41, has spent 17 seasons in the NFL, the last four with the Patriots. He was thought to be the heir apparent to Josh McDaniels as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.
Daboll has served two different stints in New England, all under Bill Belichick, and has been an offensive coordinator for three different teams in the NFL. He was the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator in 2012 after spending the 2011 season as the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator. He spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator, and before that, was the New York Jets' quarterbacks coach in 2007 and 2008.
Saban and Belichick have deep ties going all the way back to the early 1980s when Saban worked on the Navy staff alongside Belichick's father, Steve. Also, Daboll was a graduate assistant at Michigan State for two years in 1998 and 1999 when Saban was the Spartans' head coach.
At the top of Daboll's to-do list will be grooming Alabama's young quarterbacks. Jalen Hurts was the first true freshman to start at quarterback last season in Saban's career. He was 13-1 as a starter and named the AP's SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
But pushing him this spring will be freshman Tua Tagovailoa of Hawaii. The 6-1, 215-pound Tagovailoa was an early enrollee and ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country.
Alabama is expected to name New England Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator of the Crimson Tide, according to multiple reports, including a Friday night report from ESPN.com's Chris Low. He will be Alabama's sixth offensive coordinator since the 2007 season.
The move comes a little more than a month after Steve Sarkisian was announced as Alabama’s play-caller for the national title game and the 2017 season. And now the Crimson Tide has named his successor, as Sarkisian accepted the same position with the Atlanta Falcons earlier this month.
Daboll has ties to not only Nick Saban but the Bill Belichick coaching tree, having worked for Saban (Michigan State), Eric Mangini (New York Jets and Cleveland Browns) and Belichick (Patriots). He was a graduate assistant under Saban from 1998-99.
The Welland, Ohio, native started his coaching career in the NFL as a defensive assistant in New England before moving over to offense to coach the Patriots’ wide receivers from 2002-06. Daboll also coached quarterbacks for the Jets (2007-08).
He served as the offensive coordinator for the Browns (2009-10), the Miami Dolphins (2011) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2012) before returning to New England. With Josh McDaniels fielding offers, Daboll was seemingly being groomed to take over play-calling duties for the Super Bowl champs.
Daboll will inherit an Alabama offense that returns seven starters from last season’s team that won 15 [ ] games, including sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts and a full stable of running backs. Mike Locksley will also serve as co-offensive coordinator.