The hire of former New England Patriots assistant coach Brian Daboll at Alabama means Alabama players have been able to to talk to Patriots stars.
“We always FaceTime Gronkowski and Tom Brady, whoever it is,” Hurts said. “[Daboll’s] cool, he’s laid back.”
Daboll, the Patriots tight ends coach in 2016, was hired to replace Steve Sarkisian as Alabama’s offensive coordinator when Sarkisian left for the same position with the Atlanta Falcons. As you likely know, Sarkisian was elevated to the job at Alabama after Lane Kiffin left to become the head coach at Florida Atlantic.
Hurts enters the 2017 season as Alabama’s starting quarterback. He began the season as the No. 2 for the Tide in 2016 but took over as the starter from Blake Barnett in Week 2 after playing in the season-opening rout of USC.
Hurts also said Daboll is bringing a lot of the same concepts the Patriots run to Alabama. While Alabama coach Nick Saban has been an outspoken critic of uptempo offenses in the past, he’s shown that he’s willing to adapt his offensive styles for success. Kiffin molded his offense in 2016 to Hurts’ strengths after utilizing more deep passes with the strong-armed Jake Coker in 2015.
“We’re running some of the same stuff they’ve ran, so — he’ll call Tom Brady and ask him what his top five plays are and it’s cool because we’re running the same plays he’s ran,” Hurts said.
Brady was a guest at a Michigan game in 2016 and, given Daboll’s connections, it’s pretty easy to see him on the sidelines if Michigan and Alabama play in a bowl game in the near future. And Gronkowski would probably be there too, if only to steal an article of clothing from Brady and have fun before and after the game.
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