Brian Daboll
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Daboll in 2018
New York Giants
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1975-04-14) April 14, 1975 (age 47)
Welland, Ontario, Canada
Career information
High school:St. Francis
(Athol Springs, New York)
College:Rochester
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:9–7–1 (.559)
Postseason:1–1 (.500)
Career:10–8–1 (.553)
Coaching stats at PFR

Brian Michael Daboll[1] (/ˈdbəl/; born April 14, 1975) is a Canadian-born American football coach who is the head coach of the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Buffalo Bills. Daboll has also served in various capacities as an assistant coach for the New England Patriots from 2000 to 2006 and again from 2013 to 2016.

Early years

Born in Welland, Ontario, Canada, Daboll was raised by his grandparents in nearby West Seneca, a suburb of Buffalo, New York. Daboll attended Saint Francis High School in Hamburg, New York and was a letterman in football. He was teammates there with future coach Brian Polian and future NFL front office executive Dave Caldwell. He attended the University of Rochester and was a letterman and two-year starter in football as a safety. Daboll graduated with a degree in economics.

Coaching career

Assistant

Daboll was hired as a restricted earnings coach by the College of William & Mary in 1997 before moving to Michigan State University as a graduate assistant from 1998 to 1999 under head coach Nick Saban.

New England Patriots

Daboll began his NFL coaching career at the age of 24 with the New England Patriots as a defensive coaching assistant in 2000 under new head coach Bill Belichick. After personnel assistant Josh McDaniels was promoted to defensive assistant, Daboll was promoted to wide receivers coach for the Patriots in 2002. After the 2006 season, he left the Patriots to serve as the Jets' quarterbacks coach. The Patriots won three Super Bowls during Daboll's first stint with the Patriots.

New York Jets

In 2007, Daboll joined Eric Mangini's staff with the New York Jets as the quarterbacks' coach. Mangini and Daboll both served as assistants on the Patriots from 2000 to 2005. Daboll coached quarterbacks Chad Pennington, Kellen Clemens, and Brett Favre during his tenure in New York. The Jets fired coach Mangini on December 29, 2008, after the Jets finished 9–7 despite an 8–3 start to the season. Daboll was not retained under new head coach Rex Ryan.

Cleveland Browns

In 2009, Daboll joined the Cleveland Browns as offensive coordinator, reuniting with new head coach Eric Mangini, whom he worked alongside in New England and on the New York Jets. Under Daboll the Browns had the NFL's 32nd ranked offense in 2009[2] and the 29th ranked offense in 2010.[3]

Miami Dolphins

Daboll was named Offensive Coordinator of the Miami Dolphins under head coach Tony Sparano in 2011, with his Dolphins improving from 30th in the league to 20th in overall offense.[4] The Dolphins fired coach Sparano after the team started 4–9 on December 11, 2011, and Daboll was not retained under new head coach Joe Philbin.

Kansas City Chiefs

On February 6, 2012, the Kansas City Chiefs announced the hiring of Daboll as offensive coordinator, replacing the retired Bill Muir. Daboll was reunited with new head coach Romeo Crennel, with whom Daboll worked on the Patriots from 2001 to 2004. The 2012 Chiefs finished with a league-worst 2–14 record and fired Crennel after just one season as head coach. Daboll was not retained by new head coach Andy Reid.

New England Patriots (second stint)

On January 14, 2013, the New England Patriots announced that Daboll would be brought back in a coaching capacity for the remainder of the Patriots 2012–13 season. Six days later, the Patriots lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens 28–13 in the AFC Championship Game.[5] Daboll served as the Patriots tight ends' coach from 2013 to 2016, coaching Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots won two Super Bowls during Daboll's second stint in New England.

Alabama

On February 18, 2017, Daboll returned to college football as offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide, marking Daboll's first college football coaching stint in 18 years.[6] Daboll was reunited with Alabama head coach Nick Saban, for whom he had worked while Saban was the head coach of Michigan State. He helped Alabama reach the 2018 National Championship Game, where the Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime. He coached quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa during his lone season in Alabama.

Buffalo Bills

On January 4, 2018, Daboll was named the new offensive coordinator for his hometown team, the Buffalo Bills, under head coach Sean McDermott.[7] Daboll is credited in part with the development of quarterback Josh Allen, whom many scouts saw as a "project" coming out of college.[8] In 2020, Daboll's third season with the Bills, Allen set numerous passing records for the Bills,[8] and the Bills' offense as a whole improved significantly, finishing second that year with 31.3 points per game. The team finished with 13 wins for the first time since 1991, won their first division title and playoff game since 1995, and made their first AFC Championship Game since 1993, in which they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 38-24. For his work, Daboll won the Associated Press NFL Assistant Coach of the Year Award for the 2020 season.[9]

Head coach

New York Giants

Daboll was hired as the New York Giants' 20th head coach on January 28, 2022.[10] Daboll's debut as head coach came in a 21–20 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Daboll's Giants got off to a 7–2 start to the season, their best start in a decade,[11] and on January 1, 2023, they defeated the Indianapolis Colts 38–10, and clinched their first playoff berth since 2016.[12] The team finished the regular season at 9–7–1, earning the sixth seed in the NFC for the 2022–23 NFL playoffs. They defeated the Minnesota Vikings 31–24 in the NFC Wild Card Round, their first postseason victory since winning Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.[13]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
NYG 2022 9 7 1 .559 3rd in NFC East 1 1 .500 Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Divisional Game
Total 9 7 1 .559 1 1 .500

References

  1. ^ Daboll, Brian. "University of Alabama OpenPayroll". University of Alabama OpenPayroll. Retrieved September 18, 2022.
  2. ^ [1] 2009 Cleveland Browns Offensive Statistics
  3. ^ [2] 2010 Cleveland Browns Offensive Statistics
  4. ^ [3] 2011 Miami Dolphins Offensive Statistics
  5. ^ Yates, Field. "Patriots add Daboll to coaching staff", ESPN, January 14, 2013. Retrieved on January 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Low, Chris (February 18, 2017). "NFL coaching veteran Brian Daboll to lead Alabama offense". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Bills name Brian Daboll offensive coordinator". Archived from the original on January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Van Valkenberg, Kevin (January 6, 2021). "How Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen went from mediocrity to NFL MVP contender". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  9. ^ Maya, Adam (February 6, 2021). "Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll named AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year (Solely due to riding the back of Bill Belichick)". NFL.com. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  10. ^ Eisen, Michael (January 28, 2022). "Giants hire Brian Daboll as head coach". New York Giants. Retrieved January 28, 2022.
  11. ^ Salomone, Dan. "Notebook: 6-2 Giants look to recharge for 2nd half". giants.com. New York Giants. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  12. ^ Schwartz, Paul. "Giants clinch first playoff berth since 2016 with dominant win over Colts". nypost.com. NYP Holdings, Inc. Retrieved January 1, 2023.
  13. ^ "Giants outlast Vikings 31-24 for 1st playoff win in 11 years". ESPN. Associated Press. January 15, 2023. Retrieved January 23, 2023.