Reports circulating that Bills OC Brian Daboll won't pursue head coaching job
Multiple reports on Monday indicate that Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will no longer pursue a head coaching job for the 2021 season.
Daboll spoke to reporters Monday afternoon via Zoom and not unexpectedly, he opted not to get into the topic, nor did he confirm or deny the reports that he was staying put in Buffalo.
“I’ll kind of say the same thing I’ve said the last few weeks; I’m privileged and honored to be here and working for this organization,” he said. “Everything that I have and we have is focused on what we need to do this week which is a big game against Kansas City. I’m humbled, honored to have some opportunities ... ultimate goal is to become a head coach one day, but that’s not on the agenda right now for me, it’s doing everything I can do to help our team be the best they can be this week, and that’s what it’s always been, that’s what have always be.”
Bills head coach Sean McDermott was asked to speak on Daboll’s status and he, too, held his cards close to the vest. Regarding whether Daboll’s candidacy for jobs has been or could be a distraction, on what he’s talked to Daboll about, and whether he thinks Daboll would be a good head coach, McDermott said this:
“Well one, I’m confident that it will not be a distraction for our preparation; Brian’s a professional. Two, I have had conversations with Brian and I’ll keep those conversations private. And then three, I think Brian’s very qualified to become a head coach and sometimes things happen where a lot of factors get involved in those selections and those decisions. At the end of the day we’re happy to have Brian with us for as long as he’s been with us and hopefully moving forward as well because he’s a valuable member of our staff.”
The one job that Daboll seemed almost destined to get was out in Los Angeles where the Chargers fired Anthony Lynn. Daboll did a virtual interview with the franchise which included his old high school friend, Tom Telesco, the Chargers’ general manager.
But Sunday, following the Los Angeles’ Rams’ 32-18 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Chargers offered the job to Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley and he accepted.
Seven positions were available when the regular season ended: Falcons, Lions, Eagles, Chargers, Jaguars, Jets and Texans. Only two are still open – Eagles and Texans, and Daboll has apparently decided to take himself out of consideration.
Daboll had been viewed as the frontrunner in Los Angeles as recently as last weekend because the Chargers have a young quarterback in Justin Herbert who will likely win the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year award. Herbert has similar size and a skill set commensurate with Buffalo’s Josh Allen, and the fit looked to be perfect.
It would have been easy to see the Chargers giving Daboll the job and tasking him with turning Herbert into the next Allen.
However, what may have worked against Daboll is the fact that the Bills are still alive in the playoffs as they will meet Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game Sunday and perhaps the Chargers did not want to wait any longer because their new coach needs to start assembling a staff.
Daboll had also interviewed for the vacant New York Jets position, but that went to former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.
Bills fans selfishly have to be thrilled that the native western New Yorker and University of Rochester graduate is staying put because under Daboll’s watch, the Bills offense has become one of the most exciting in the NFL, and Allen has turned into a league MVP candidate.
The Eagles job looked like it could be a fit because at the end of 2020, the team’s former head coach, Doug Pederson, had benched quarterback Carson Wentz in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts. Daboll has a connection because he coached Hurts at Alabama in his only year as the Crimson Tide offensive coordinator under Nick Saban in 2017 and Alabama won the national championship.
Down in Houston, Daboll seemed like a great fit as long as disgruntled quarterback DeShaun Watson remains with the team. Imagine what Daboll could do with a player as dynamic as Watson, plus, his buddy from his New England days, Nick Caserio, was just hired as the Texans’ general manager.
Now, the focus shifts to Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. The 61-year-old, who has had a very good four-year run with Sean McDermott in Buffalo and is a former head coach with the Vikings, interviewed with the Texans Sunday.
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