NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones
The New England Patriots announced yesterday that they have brought former wide receivers coach Brian Daboll, 37, back into the fold as a coaching assistant who will act as a consultant to Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Daboll’s reintroduction to New England’s coaching staff mirrors the addition of Josh McDaniels late last season in a similar capacity.
After spending the 1998 and 1999 seasons as a graduate assistant under Bill Belichick disciple Nick Saban, Daboll was hired by the Patriots as a defensive coaching assistant, a position he held from 2000-2001. In 2002, Daboll assumed the title of wide receivers coach, which he held under 2006.
Reportedly unhappy with Belichick’s decision to promote Josh McDaniels to the offensive coordinator position, Daboll left New England prior to the 2007 season, where he worked as quarterbacks coach for the New York Jets from 2007-2008 under Eric Mangini. When Mangini was fired following the 2008 season, Daboll followed him to the Cleveland Browns, where he spent two seasons from 2009-2010 before Mangini once again received his walking papers.
Daboll’s promotion to offensive coordinator came in 2011 under Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, himself a member of the Bill Parcells coaching tree. Sparano was fired midseason, and in 2012 Daboll was hired by former Kansas City Chiefs general manager (and New England Patriots executive) Scott Pioli to serve as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator under head coach Romeo Crennel.
With the Hunt family opting to make changes to their front office, firing Pioli and Crennel and replacing them with general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid, respectively, Daboll found himself out of work; shortly afterwards, he was added to New England’s coaching staff.
As a member of all three Patriots championship teams, Daboll’s presence should provide New England with an experienced positional coach. Recent rumors have suggested that Daboll could be an offensive coordinator in waiting, so to speak, should Bill Belichick retire in the near future and cede his head coaching position to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels; however, it may be more likely to expect Daboll to assume a positional coaching job.
McDaniels is currently listed as not only New England’s offensive coordinator, but also their quarterbacks coach, the latter being a role Daboll handled in New York. As New England’s wide receivers coach from 2002-2006, he could also potentially usurp Chad O’Shea, who has coached New England’s receivers since 2009.