Bills’ Brian Daboll already put on future head coach shortlist

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It isn’t even summer yet and Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is already being mentioned in sentences with head coaching searches.

Bleacher Report put together a list of seven future candidates for head coaching jobs next offseason. The first to appear is Daboll:

NFL teams love to hire prolific coordinators. Look no further than Arthur Smith, whom the Atlanta Falcons hired as their head coach this offseason after he helped produce the league’s 10th-ranked scoring offense as the Tennessee Titans’ offensive coordinator in 2019 and its fourth-ranked scoring offense in 2020.

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll could soon follow in his footsteps.

Daboll helped Buffalo reach the playoffs in both 2019 and 2020 and developed quarterback Josh Allen into a MVP-caliber signal-caller. The Bills offense ranked second in both points and yards this past season, and the Associated Press named Daboll its NFL Assistant Coach of the Year.

Daboll has worked in the NFL since 2000, when he was a defensive assistant with the New England Patriots. He’s since gone on to stints with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs prior to joining the Bills. In 2017, he was the offensive coordinator at Alabama.

Daboll’s wide-ranging experience has given him exposure to multiple offensive schemes and a parade of different quarterbacks. That should make him an attractive option for teams seeking an offensive head coach regardless of personnel or preferred system.

Daboll earning such a designation comes as no surprise. Earlier this offseason, the OC had interviews with the Chargers and the Jets as those two teams searched for new coaches, but he failed to land both jobs.

It seems like only a matter of time before Daboll is plucked away from the Bills, and truthfully they’re lucky he hasn’t already. He did win the 2020 NFL Assistant Coach of the Year Award.

The real reason why that hasn’t happened is simply because of how good the Bills have been. Since Daboll was still working late into the postseason last year, he and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier only had limited time they could interview for jobs and in such scenarios, NFL teams usually opt for candidates that can start right away.

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