It’s Official – Daboll Hired As Offensive Coordinator

On Monday afternoon, the Chiefs announced the hiring of Brian Daboll as the team’s offensive coordinator.

Daboll was rumored over the weekend to be the team’s choice as offensive coordinator, replacing the fired/retired Bill Muir who handled the duties last year.

(That’s Daboll on the right with Miami QB Matt Moore during a victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium during the 2011 season.)

The 36-year old native of Ontario, Canada, is making his fifth stop in the NFL, in a coaching career that started in 1997 at William & Mary. Daboll then spent two years at Michigan State (1998-99) before he was hired by the New England Patriots where he spent seven seasons (2000-06) and gained three Super Bowl rings.

He left the Patriots to work two years with the New York Jets (2007-08) and then landed in Cleveland where he spent two years (2009-10) as offensive coordinator of the Browns. Last year, Daboll was the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins.

In his 12 seasons of NFL coaching, he’s worked for Bill Belichick, Eric Mangini and Tony Sparano, and he’s coached wide receivers, quarterbacks and broke into the NFL as a defensive assistant, where he worked directly with Crennel, who was then coordinator of the Patriots defense.

“Brian is a fine football coach and offensive mind,” Crennel said in a statement issued by the team. “It was clear to me that Brian was the right choice. He was coveted by multiple teams and I am glad he will be joining our staff.”

Daboll said he views moving to the Chiefs as a “great opportunity.”

“After meeting with Romeo, it was clear to me Kansas was a good fit,” Daboll said in a team released statement. “Romeo and I have similar ideas on the direction of the program and we have a good core group of players to get started with.”

With his hiring, the Chiefs now have their fifth offensive coordinator in the last four years. The turnover started when Chan Gailey was fired at the end of the 2009 pre-season and was replaced by then head coach Todd Haley. The next season Charlie Weis was hired and spent a year with the Chiefs offense. Last season, Muir was handed the title and duties as offensive coordinator, along with coaching the offensive line.

And now Daboll.

13 Responses to “It’s Official – Daboll Hired As Offensive Coordinator”

  • February 6, 2012  - Tim says:

    This is a questionable hire, in my opinion. I understand wanting to explore everything they could, but in doing so it appears one candidate after another went another direction to the point this guy & Zorn were the last ment standing. If he was such a fit, he woulda been hired more quickly. In the Chiefs position at this point in time, they have a head coach that’s up in years. It would seem to me in order to create more stability, a more established coordinator (on either side of the ball, or both) would’ve been more desirable. Romeo isn’t going to coach for years & years most likely. So, who on the staff might be able to potentially rise to be his successor??? I draw a blank on that one. This means another likely change in a few years. Pioli has traded the long-term for the short-term.

  • February 6, 2012  - napahank says:

    I went back and re-watched some Miami games from 2011 (including vs. Chiefs). What I saw was an OC who confused the defense with unpredictable play calling.

    I saw a variety of formations, a lot of passing on first down, 5-7 yard safe passes to TE’s, short crossing patterns for WR’s and passses to RB’s out of the backfield after a fake handoff.

    I also saw a good mix of running inside and outside and not so occasionally a trick play or two or three. The players on Miami’s offense seem to “enjoy” the play calling and had they not made mistakes from drop passes/bad throws, etc would have been a much more successful offense.

    The biggest thing that I noticed; however, was Dabol’s ability to exploit the weak link on defense over and over until the defense finally compensated and then went to the next or new weak link.

    I am excited to see a fresh formula for play calling. Now if he lasts 5 years that will be a miracle for a Chief’s OC.

  • February 6, 2012  - Blake says:

    I will admit I didn’t want Daboll at all, I wanted Al Saunders. But after reading more about him and listening to Miami fans, then I became more comfortable with the hire. He really didn’t have much to work with in Miami, and has many more options to work with in KC. Now we will have to find out who is the next WR and oline coach.

    Daboll may not have been hired earlier because Miami didn’t have a head coach and most wanted Daboll to stay in Miami. They had to wait for a head coach to be hired and then tell him he wont be coming back before he can start looking for a job elsewhere.

    I think the reason Zorn and Saunders were not hired is because they run the west coast offense and something completely different than we run right now. The players would have to learn a new scheme and get different players for the offense. Daboll has the offense most closely related to what we run right now. Zorn has never been a OC before, he did call plays in Washington though, but he was relieved of his duties there. Saunders runs a very complicated system that takes awhile to learn and you must have to have smart players that can learn new plays every week. I remember hearing that he never would call the same play two weeks in a row.

  • February 6, 2012  - ED J says:

    Thats right Blake couldn’t hire Daboll off the bat because he was under contract and Dolphins didn’t hire head coach right away and even then their was still outside chance if mike Sherman had been hired in Tampa as head coach Dolphins would’ve kept him there. This was a great hire. He runs same system or similar system to what Haley ran and its closely related to what Cassel ran in New England. Also people throw out his stats as coordinator in Cleveland and Miami but neither of those teams had any talent on offense. But you look at fact Colt Mccoy has regressed since he left the Browns and you also factor in fact Reggie Bush had his 1st 1000 yard season last yr with this guy being the OC. ON top of fact Marshall went from looking like a bad free agent signing his 1st yr to pro bowl level he played out when he was in Denver under Daboll. So that shows me this guy can maximize the talent on the team. This guy also made Matt Moore look good. If he can get Cassel to play at least at level he had Matt Moore we can make a run in playoffs this yr. This hire made sense on so many levels I said we needed to get this right I’m glad we did. Because he definately has way more weapons at his disposal here in KC than he did in Clevland and Miami. With Bowe,Baldwin,Breaston, Moeaki, Charles, and Mcluster he can definately mix and match formations with all that talent on offense. Love the Hire I”m excited for this upcoming season.

  • February 6, 2012  - ED J says:

    I think we can keep around for at least 2 to 3yrs before teams start wanting to offer him head coaching job. I definately think he’s going to do wonders with this offense. Any Chiefs fans have problem with this hire need to go watch him just man handle our defense in that Miami game. WE were coming off 4 game win streak and man he took it to Crennel that day then followed that up with Beat down against Oakland. This guy knows his stuff I’m glad we got him on our team.

  • February 6, 2012  - el cid says:

    While I can find no reason to not hire him, I doubt he is the next hot HC candidate.

    Only concern is Pioli is sitting on his rump and so secure he can get a guy whose claim to fame is to get an offense to 20th. Any Pioli loves to get personnel from teams that beat the Chiefs the year before.

    Still could be a good hire from the tree Pioli loves to immitate.

    Now do we get Bowe and/or Carr or do we go into next season on the cheap with less talent?

  • February 6, 2012  - Michael says:

    I really like the hire for all the reasons Ed stated. I think Daboll will be a good fit, and do a nice job. I just hate all this backtracking. The more I think about it, the more I see the Haley hiring was destined to go bad. Pioli has shown he can’t, or doesn’t want to try to, work with many people outside the Patriots tree; certainly not as HC, OC or DC. Bottom line, probably both Haley and Pioli share equal blame for how it turned out.But, I have to say the Steelers are not known for hiring bozos, and they did hire Haley to be their OC.

    So far, Pioli is staying true to form with his hires; I’m keeping my fingers crossed he’s not planning to do that again with free agency. If Cassel or even Orton are going to be the QB, the team needs as many good players as it can get; more than you can get from one draft class.

  • February 6, 2012  - Tim says:

    Believe me. I hope he works out…

  • February 6, 2012  - txchief says:

    I’m looking forward to see what a more experienced offensive coach than St. Todd the Martyr can do with the young, talented players on the Chiefs’ offense. I bet he and Crennel have a few ways of motivating the players other than a bean bag toss game.

    Amazingly, Pioli and Hunt have somehow managed hire a well-qualified despite being the “laughingstocks” of the NFL. Go figure!

  • February 6, 2012  - ED J says:

    MIke good points i disagree that Haley was bad hire only because he did help change the culture. Was it a good long term hire no but short term he did change the culture. He helped build a tough minded football team. He helped developed Bowe, Charles, and DJ. So his hard nosed attitude help change the culture in the locker room. So for all Haley did wrong and seeing it didn’t workout long term I must say he played his part in turning this team from 2-14 and 4-12 to 10-6 and even in a injury riddled season 7-9. So I will say it was bad long term but it help team in short term I think us as fans can’t lose sight of that.

    As for the future I see this team emerging as contender in AFC now with this hire if Pioli handles his business in offseason. #1 sure up oline #2 add depth at tight end. #3 resign key free agents Bowe, Mcclain, Battle, Gordon, and Carr. and #4 Feel in the wholes. If you not able get good guard in draft overpay for Carl Nicks from Saints. My point is whatever whole you can’t feel in draft take care of it in free agency.

    I think at very least Daboll can get Cassel to play at level of Matt Moore did last yr which if Pioli does those key things mention that’s good enough to get this team to AFC championship game.

  • February 6, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    I’ve read enough to accept it and hope it works out. But we simply cannot hire a new OC year after year. Pretty soon it’s not Cassel’s fault; nobody can get ahead when every thing changes every year.

  • February 6, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Going back and reading Tim’s first comment, I suddenly understand what his point was. Romeo is as old as I am. Do I want to work my ass off anymore? Oh hell no. Changes and more changes deepens the problems. Pioli is putting on a bandaid when we need a cure. Major changes year after year does not win Super Bowls. Let alone fans.

  • February 6, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Wow. Another light bulb just flashed on. Pioli is hiring this guy as a soon to be replacement for Romeo. This might be exciting.

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