Alabama offensive coordinator leaves Crimson Tide for National Football League job


He was the tight ends coach for the New England Patriots in their Super Bowl LII victory over Atlanta last February, and just a week ago he helped head coach Nick Saban win his sixth national title and fifth at Alabama serving as the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator.

The Buffalo Bills hired Alabama assistant coach Brian Daboll to be their offensive coordinator.

That would be a novel development for Daboll, whose quarterbacks in his three previous stints as an National Football League offensive coordinator have been Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, Colt McCoy, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, Matt Moore, Chad Henne and Matt Cassel.

This season, Alabama's offense averaged 37 points per game and 444 yards per game.

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The 42-year-old is coming off a banner year.

Daboll's departure means Alabama will have to replace both coordinators. Bills coach Sean McDermott was a senior at William & Mary during Daboll's first coaching job - a one-year stint as a restricted earnings assistant for the Tribe.

It seems like Mike Locksley will be an offensive coordinator at one of the premier programs in the country next year. All five of the Patriots Super Bowl titles under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick came with Daboll on the coaching staff.

Daboll also has Western New York ties. It is a homecoming of sorts for him as he went to high school in the Buffalo area and played college football at the University of Rochester.