Brian Daboll Leaving Alabama, Joining Buffalo Bills Staff

Lynette Rowe
January 15, 2018

In Daboll's one season at the helm, Alabama did win the national championship, going 13-1 and beating Georgia 26-23 in the title game.

Locksley was the wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator at Alabama this past season and seems like the logical replacement for Brian Daboll, who left Alabama after one season to become the Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator.

Daboll spent 17 years in the National Football League prior to coming to Alabama, including 11 with the Patriots in two different stints.

Daboll's first game at Alabama - a 24-7 season-opening win against Florida State - was the first collegiate game he'd attended since that stint with Saban in East Lansing.

It appears likely Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will be leaving this offseason to take a head-coaching job with the Colts. He has won five Super Bowl rings with the organization. It included 11 with the New England Patriots where he served in varying capacities, more recently as tight ends coach from 2014-2016.

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He also has Western New York connections.

Daboll replaces Rick Dennison with the Bills; Dennison was sacked last week, after Buffalo lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Daboll went to high school in western NY graduating from St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, a few miles from the Bills' facility.

He and Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott first crossed paths at William & Mary. He played college football at the University of Rochester where he was a two-year starter.

"Brian did a tremendous job for us this past season at Alabama, and I know he will do a great job for the Buffalo Bills". Though their quarterback situation is up in the air, especially if they move on from Tyrod Taylor, the hiring of Daboll should inspire continued optimism regarding the future of this franchise.

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