The New York Giants are close to finding their next head coach. New General Manager Joe Schoen has collaborated with ownership to conduct the search for Joe Judge’s replacement. New York has interviewed a wide range of candidates, but they are nearly finished. The Giants completed a second interview with Brian Daboll earlier this week and have now completed an interview with Brian Flores. With one interview left on the schedule, the Giants seem set to make a final decision this weekend.
Leslie Frazier is the only remaining interview that the Giants have scheduled at this point. Frazier, the Buffalo Bills’ defensive coordinator, is not expected to be a favorite among the finalists. Rather, reports are suggesting that it will come down to two Brians: Brian Flores vs. Brian Daboll.
Brian Flores vs. Brian Daboll
The Giants do not seem to have much competition for Brian Flores, though, if he is the favorite. The Broncos and Bears both found their head coaches today. There are only two remaining head coach openings that have expressed interest in Brian Flores: the Giants and the Texans. Reports indicate that New York is Brian’s preferred destination.
There is seemingly little competition for Brian Flores, considering the Giants’ mutual interest with the head coaching candidate. However, the race to hire Brian Daboll might be a bit closer. According to Pat Leonard of NY Daily News, Brian Daboll is the favorite for the Miami Dolphins’ opening. This would leave the Giants with Brian Flores as their likely next head coach. But the Giants cannot rule Daboll out yet.
Indeed, the Dolphins are heavily interested in hiring Brian Daboll. But Miami has not yet begun its second round of interviews. The Dolphins are expected to start that second round early next week with candidates like Daboll, as well as Kellen Moore and Mike McDaniel. Miami is in no rush to get things done, leaving a window of opportunity open for New York.
The Giants will complete their final interview tomorrow. After that, they are free to make their decision and hire whoever they want. They do not have to wait for Brian Daboll to have his second interview with Miami. The Giants could offer Daboll a job tomorrow evening and, if he prefers New York to Miami, he could accept and become the next head coach. However, Brian Daboll could also be mulling his options, which could prolong the Giants’ search for their next coach or prompt them to hire Brian Flores and get to work immediately.
Regardless of what decision Brian Daboll makes this weekend, the likelihood is that the New York Giants will hire their next head coach by Saturday. Brian Flores and Brian Daboll are clearly the leaders in the clubhouse and it will be interesting to see which Brian prevails this weekend.
There is a possibility that the New York Giants retain Patrick Graham as the defensive coordinator moving forward, given his likeness within the organization. However, there’s also a good chance they move on with a clean slate in mind, as new general manager Joe Schoen prepares to hire his coaching staff.
If Schoen moves forward with new faces, there are several intriguing prospects on the market that could fit the bill nicely for what the Giants are trying to accomplish in the future. Having experienced coaches within the system is a necessity, especially if the team plans on hiring an offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, Brian Daboll.
Two great defensive coordinator options for the Giants:
1.) Wink Martindale
The Ravens and Martindale elected to part ways just a short while ago, noting their mutual success but the desire for a change in guard.
“After several productive conversations, Don and I have agreed to move forward in separate directions. We have had a great run on defense, and I am very proud of what has been accomplished and the work he has done. Don has been a major contributor to the success of our defense since 2012, and especially since he became defensive coordinator four years ago. He has done a great job. Now it is time to pursue other opportunities. Sometimes the moment comes, and it’s the right time. I am personally grateful for our friendship and for everything he has done in Baltimore.”
Martindale is an extremely qualified option at defensive coordinator for Big Blue. In fact, he impressed Giants bras two years ago when he interviewed for the head coach job, so he could still be on their radar.
The former Baltimore DC is known for his aggressive style of defensive playcalling, specifically when it comes to blitzing. However, his unit struggled this season, despite a myriad of injuries that limited his ability to call the game. Martindale’s defense ranked 25th in total defense, 363.4 yards allowed per game, and ranked last in passing yards allowed with 278.9.
Losing top corner Marcus Peters before the season began was a tough blow, and things only got worse with Marlon Humphrey sustaining a pectoral injury in December, ruling him out for the rest of the season. Nonetheless, Baltimore’s defense has always relied on physicality and speed, two attributes that usually contribute toward productive units.
Baltimore also runs a 3–4 scheme, so the Giants personnel fits his mold already.
2.) Vic Fangio
Another name that comes to mind for the Giants is Vic Fangio, who the Denver Broncos recently fired.
With 30 years of coaching experience under his belt, Fangio is an experienced asset that could bring exponential value to the Giants as defensive coordinator. His former employers include the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Carolina Panthers, all as the defensive coordinator. There’s no doubt he can handle a significant load at the job, and having a rookie head coach might suggest this is an efficient move.
In addition, with Fangio’s head coaching experience, he could likely assist Daboll if he were to land a job. Fangio has always had good relationships with players and front office personnel from a work ethic standpoint, coined as a defensive mind. Unfortunately, he was unable to propel the Broncos to the postseason, but he is still an incredibly valuable coach who could be a perfect fit with the Giants.
If the New York Giants get Brian Daboll as head coach, they could also end up with two coordinators with a fair amount of experience behind them. According to NFL analyst Cam Marino, the most likely names that Daboll would go to for these positions are Ken Dorsey and Wink Martindale. The former, of course, is the current quarterbacks coach of the Bills while the latter was the defensive coordinator of the Ravens until recently.
From what I’ve heard in the last 24-hours, I’d be shocked if Brian Daboll was not named the head coach of the #Giants.
Sounds like he brings Ken Dorsey to be his OC and Wink Martindale as his DC.
It’s easy to see why Dorsey would be an obvious shoe-in for the offensive coordinator spot. As the quarterbacks coach with the Bills since 2019, he’s been a key part in the development of Josh Allen.
It’s often been said that even if the Giants drafted Allen themselves, his career wouldn’t pan out the same way thanks to a lack of infrastructure to support him. Having an offensive coordinator like Dorsey would help to ensure that by the time the Giants do eventually draft another quarterback, they can actually get the most out of their selection.
Martindale, on the other hand, was the defensive coordinator of the Ravens from 2018 until a few days ago when he was fired by Baltimore. His name being brought up here is intriguing, because obviously, his hiring would mean that Patrick Graham isn’t returning.
Graham hasn’t shown interest in leaving the Giants if not offered a head coaching job this offseason. But at the end of the day, the decision on whether the team is interested in keeping him around rather than going for a clean slate might come down to the new head coach – whether that is Daboll or someone else – and his preferences.
If the New York Giants weren’t convinced that Brian Daboll could be their next head coach, he put his full firepower on display against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, despite the loss.
The Giants also interviewed Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for the vacant head coaching spot, but his defense allowed 42 points on the back of Patrick Mahomes’s 378 yards and three touchdowns through the air and one on the ground.
Daboll and his well-oiled offense posted 36 points, with the difference-maker being an overtime coin toss that gave KC the first opportunity to end the game. Star quarterback Josh Allen posted 329 passing yards and four touchdowns while the running game contributed 109 yards and a score.
However, Daboll’s ability to scheme open players stood out the most, as fourth-round pick Gabriel Davis recorded an NFL record for touchdown receptions and 201 yards receiving on just eight receptions.
Because of this awesome performance, the Giants made a quick turnaround for Daboll, who is set to interview for the second time on Monday afternoon.
The #Giants plan to interview #Bills OC Brian Daboll a second time for their head coaching job today, per source.
Daboll is the first known finalist for New York, which is also interviewing #Cowboys DC Dan Quinn today. Heating up.
The Giants will also interview Dallas Cowboys DC Dan Quinn for the vacancy in the same breath. Quinn has a plethora of experience in the NFL, serving as the Atlanta Falcons head coach for six years, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2016 and a Divisional Game in 2017.
Big Blue has cast a wide net for their head-coaching search, and there are plenty of great candidates to sift through. However, it is hard to ignore the obvious connection between general manager Joe Schoen and Daboll. They have worked in Buffalo together for the past four years and helped develop Josh Allen into an elite player.
Suppose you are unfamiliar with Brian Daboll, Buffalo Bills’ current offensive coordinator. In that case, you might either be living under a rock or simply ignoring all New York Giants news after the latest season. Daboll is currently in the lead for the vacant head coaching spot left by Joe Judge, who was recently fired after another torturous season.
Daboll enjoyed an illustrious offensive performance against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, as star quarterback Josh Allen dominated, throwing four touchdowns to Gabriel Davis and over 200 yards. Phenomenal scheming, execution, and all-around perfection supported 422 yards of total offense and five touchdowns.
The obvious connection between Daboll and the Giants is newly assigned general manager Joe Schoen. Schoen spent four years with Daboll in Buffalo, developing one of the league’s top offenses. Schoen was Brandon Bean’s right-hand man, the current GM for the Bills.
With elite roster construction end practices, Buffalo was a legitimate Super Bowl contender this year. A well-oiled offense led by Daboll and his creative modernized system propelled Buffalo to the Divisional round, but Patrick Mahomes said, “not so fast!”
However, there is a legitimate question to ask regarding Daboll’s candidacy as a head coach. Is he capable of leading a man instead of simply operating a portion of the team?
This phenomenal quote may answer your question, displaying his relationship building and the respect he commands.
“If you’re looking for one of the most important people behind Josh Allen becoming one of the league’s best quarterbacks, look no further than Brian Daboll. Early in Allen’s career, Daboll helped isolate little problems to fix and has worked hand in hand with the quarterback to create an offense around Allen. Daboll is a creative play caller who listens to his players and staff and doesn’t stubbornly stick with an offensive scheme if it isn’t working. He identifies an opponent’s weakness and will change his offense to attack it each week. He has a strong relationship with all his players and fellow coaches and can be a good leader that people respect. The only question about Daboll is a common one for coordinators. Can he relinquish control of the offense and be more of a CEO head coach? His adaptable personality indicates that he’s certainly capable.” — Via Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic.
Daboll hasn’t only built one of the best offenses in football, ranking as the third-best offense this past regular season averaging 28.4 points per game, but he’s also helped develop Josh Allen into one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Allen entered the NFL with plenty of issues to solve, ranging from poor decision-making to inaccuracy. Daboll has walked him through every problem in detail, assisting in his development and mind-blowing growth year over year.
No matter who the Giants end up starting at quarterback in the future, they can trust Daboll to be a key element in helping them progress. Reports have indicated that Schoen believes Daniel Jones is a talented player with upside, and Daboll might be the perfect head coach to help him unlock his capabilities.
The New York Giants have completed their search for a new general manager. Joe Schoen was hired by the team on Friday after an extensive search to fill the position. Now, the Giants’ attention is turned toward their vacant head coach position.
The Giants wasted no time getting started on their search for a new head coach. After hiring Schoen Friday morning, the team interviewed Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll on Friday night. Daboll seems to be the frontrunner for the Giants’ head coaching position.
According to Bobby Thompson of Fansided, Brian Daboll is “who [Schoen] wants to lead this team into the future.” Thompson reports that Brian Daboll is the “frontrunner,” but the Giants will still interview a thorough list of candidates. This is what the Giants appeared to do with the general manager position.
Joe Schoen was always the frontrunner for the Giants’ GM position. Reports indicated early on that Schoen was the “man to beat.” Joe Schoen was the first candidate interviewed for GM like Daboll was the first interviewed for HC. History seems to be repeating itself with Brian Daboll being the first head coach candidate interviewed.
Brian Daboll as head coach?
Since 2018, Brian Daboll has served as the offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills. In 2018, the Bills drafted quarterback Josh Allen. Daboll has received much credit for the development of Buffalo’s franchise quarterback. Josh Allen finished second in MVP voting in 2020.
Brian Daboll’s offense finished fifth in the NFL with 381.9 yards per game in 2021. Buffalo’s 28.4 points per game ranked third in the league. The Bills finished top-ten in both passing and rushing yards per game this season. The Bills have been top-three in the NFL in scoring every year since 2019.
In 2020, Josh Allen led the Bills to a 13-3 record. He threw for 4544 yards, 37 touchdowns, and only 10 interceptions. Allen also added 421 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground. Allen’s excellence under Daboll continued in 2021 as the fourth-year gunslinger totaled 4407 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. Amidst the Bills’ 11-6 season, Allen also provided 763 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns.
Brian Daboll has helped craft one of the most efficient offenses in the NFL over the past four seasons. The New York Giants would be gaining one of the brightest offensive minds in the league in Daboll if he were to be hired as the team’s next head coach. He may be the frontrunner now, but there are plenty of strong candidates out there, poised to challenge Brian Daboll for the New York Giants head coaching job.
Things are heating up for the New York Giants and their search for their next general manager. A vacancy exists in New York’s front office after Dave Gettleman, the team’s GM since 2018, retired at season’s end. The Giants quickly turned their attention toward new candidates to fulfill the position and have now taken forward steps toward the second round of interviews. The Giants completed their second interview (first in-person) with candidate Joe Schoen today, who many believe is the frontrunner to land the job. Many believe that Schoen could bring over another member of the Buffalo Bills to lead the Giants’ coaching staff, too: Brian Daboll.
Giants interested in Joe Schoen
Joe Schoen completed his second interview with the Giants on Tuesday. This was the Giants’ first in-person general manager interview. Schoen met with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, as well as Chris Mara, the vice president of player personnel.
The Giants have been rather interested in Joe Schoen since the offseason began. Schoen, the Buffalo Bills Assistant General Manager, was the first candidate that the Giants interviewed for their vacant GM position. Many reported that Schoen was the “man to beat” for the Giants’ job. Now, as New York is in its second wave of interviews, it still seems like Joe Schoen is the front-runner.
According to G.T. Bobby Thompson of Fansided, Joe Schoen “really wants the Giants GM position.” Thompson reports that “both sides feel strongly about one another.” With mutual interest, it seems very likely that Joe Schoen could be named the next General Manager of the New York Giants.
Schoen reportedly wants Brian Daboll
Bobby Thompson continued his reporting on the Giants-Schoen situation by providing insight on who Schoen might choose to be the team’s next head coach. Thompson says, “If hired by the Giants for the GM position, Joe Schoen’s number one target will be Brian Daboll to become the HC per source.”
Brian Daboll is the offensive coordinator of the electric Buffalo Bills. Daboll has received plenty of credit for the development of superstar quarterback Josh Allen. Brian Daboll is considered around the league to be one of the top head-coaching candidates in this year’s cycle.
Giants fans would be rather pleased to see their team pluck these two football geniuses from Buffalo. The Bills are one of the best-ran organizations in the NFL and they have put together a tremendous coaching staff to go along with their excellent roster. The brain-trust of Schoen and Daboll could be just what the New York Giants need to get back on track.
Finally, the New York Giants are at a crossroads again and will have to replace both their coach and GM. Arguably, this should have come sooner. The organization’s reluctance to replace both positions at once has set back the rebuild process, and now, the Giants are in a position to pick correctly and right that mistake. Interestingly, there’s a more than small possibility that the Giants could fill both vacancies at once by going for a package deal of sorts.
That deal would be with two candidates from the Buffalo organization – assistant GM Joe Schoen and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Even though John Mara has said that the Giants aren’t going for a package deal, it’s hard to ignore the connection that Schoen may have with Daboll due to their time in the same organization.
Schoen is one of the candidates to interview so far for the GM job, and according to Pat Leonard, the Giants are interested in Daboll too.
As expected when this process began, some sources say the Giants are very interested in Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, the Belichick disciple who has gotten the best out of quarterback Josh Allen in Buffalo. The Buffalo ticket of GM Joe Schoen and head coach Daboll certainly is an intriguing one. Schoen, who interviewed in Chicago, too, is considered as ready as any of the Giants’ nine candidates to take the big chair.
What advantages could come from a package deal?
It’s pretty clear that the Giants are trying to bring in talent from a better organization. After all, a commonality in the GM candidates that have been interviewed so far is that they have all been from playoff organizations. Despite all the talk this season about culture, that is still one area of the Giant organization that is in need of serious fixing.
That process could go faster if the next head coach and GM are already familiar with each other.
Buffalo has been the better team in recent years, as shown by fact that they’re still alive in the playoffs right now, and the Giants would benefit from taking some methods from them when it comes to running a front office and staff. What better way to do that than bring in both the Bills assistant GM and offensive coordinator at once?
Additionally, bringing in a head coach and GM who have a per-established relationship would help avoid the speculation and debate that we’ve had in the past year about team direction. It was never quite certain whether the Giants during the last couple of seasons were Joe Judge’s team or Dave Gettleman’s team, and a situation like that is far less likely to come up if both candidates have already successfully worked in the same building.
Of course, Schoen and Daboll aren’t the only potential pairing that already have a good track record with the same team. But it is one of the most intriguing options, especially with Daboll’s offensive background and the Giants’ struggles on that side of the ball in recent years.
Roman’s redemption could officially culminate with a playoff win over the Buffalo Bills, the team that set him on his current path in 2016.
As an Atlantic City native, Greg Roman probably knows all about rags-to-riches stories. He’s well on his way to penning his own and can gain a quantum of revenge along the way.
A spotlight will shine on both Roman and his compatriot in offensive coordination Brian Daboll on Saturday night, as the former’s Baltimore Ravens visit Western New York to battle the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional playoffs (8:15 p.m. ET, NBC). The powerful offenses of both Buffalo and Baltimore will face off against not only opposing defenses but a second opponent of Mother Nature. Orchard Park’s Saturday weather forecast heralds an 80 percent chance of snow on Saturday with winds reaching 15-25 miles per hour. This could present a problem for the Bills (second in the NFL at 396.4 yards per game) and the Ravens (NFL-best 191.9 rushing yards per game) and their high voltage offenses.
Earlier this week, Roman talked about what sort of an impact the snow could have on Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. The multi-threat and most recent NFL MVP put up 315 total yards in Baltimore’s AFC Wild Card victory over Tennessee last Sunday afternoon.
“The snow will be much easier for him to deal with than some of the heavy sheets of rain, some of the torrential downpours weâ€™ve played in the last couple of years,â€ Roman said, per Aaron Kasinitz of Penn Live. â€œThose are the games that really, really impact it. Snow? Not so much. Wind? Yes; wind can be a major factor.â€
“I definitely think (the snow) can aid somebody with his skillset…as far as the footing of the people trying to corral him.â€
Roman knows all about Buffalo winters. The long-tenured NFL assistant coach spent 18 games as the Bills’ offensive boss over the 2015-16 seasons under Rex Ryan. In one of the more controversial in-season firings in recent memory, Roman was dismissed from the Bills’ staff shortly after a nationally televised loss to the New York Jets in Week 2 of the 2016 campaign. The ousting came after the Bills tallied 393 yards of offense in a 37-31 defeat.
He wasn’t out of the NFL for long, as John Harbaugh came calling in the ensuing offseason, calling Roman to oversee the Ravens’ tight ends for two seasons before his promotion to offensive coordinator in 2019. Roman previously work with Harbaugh’s brother Jim for six seasons at both Stanford University and the San Francisco 49ers.
By now, there’s use in talking about revenge. There’s little leftover from the Ryan days in Buffalo and Roman already made the return to WNY last season when Baltimore took a 24-17 decision in December. Despite being held to only 257 total yards as a team, the Ravens broke through thanks to three scoring passes from Jackson.
Roman’s work with Jackson has earned acclaim and has put him on the shortlist of teams searching for new head coaches. Choosing to center the Baltimore offense around Jackson’s talents both through the air and on the ground, Roman has kept the Ravens in contention since the team moved on from franchise staple Joe Flacco during the 2018 season. Jackson has hit the height of his powers under Roman, with their magnum opus to date likely being last week’s showing in Nashville.
Buffalo is set to counter with their dynamic offensive pair of Daboll and Josh Allen, who have likewise hit new heights together in Orchard Park. Approximately 24 hours before Jackson earned his first playoff victory, Allen likewise broke his own, brief streak of postseason futility, putting up 378 yards and three total scores in the Bills’ 27-24 victory over Indianapolis. With Allen listed as one of the popular contenders to succeed Jackson as the NFL MVP, it’s safe to say that things have worked out on each respective side.
Yet, one can wonder what Roman could’ve done with the fresh clay of Allen has his Buffalo tenure not come to an early end. During his lone full campaign with the Bills, Roman helped another multi-talented threat, Tyrod Taylor, earn the best numbers of his career. It featured Taylor’s personal bests in passing yards (3,035) and total touchdowns (24) as the Bills earned a respectable ledger of 8-8, securing what was then their first pair of non-losing seasons since 1998-2000.
Current Bills radio analyst Eric Wood theorized this week that prior knowledge of Roman’s systems can help the modern incarnation neutralize Jackson. Wood played nine seasons for the Bills and went to the Pro Bowl after Roman’s only full season.
“You can’t completely abandon what you do defensively because you can’t re-learn a defensive scheme in a week,” Wood remarked through team reporter Jordan LaBarber. “You won’t understand all the different aspects of it. That’s what Greg Roman wants you to do. He wants you to get the defense and get your guys into positions that they’re not used to playing. So, you’ll probably see more base defense from the Bills this week than we’ve seen a majority of this season.”
Though Roman got the last laugh in the teams’ meeting last season, the Bills’ defense did manage to hold Jackson in check by allowing only 185 yards out of him. It was the only time that Jackson was held below 200 personal yards during the 2019 season. Baltimore’s offense has undergone little turnover since, with the only major addition being second-round rookie rusher J.K. Dobbins.
While several BIlls defenders have vowed to study the film from that game, Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott believes that Roman is well-capable of adjusting despite the relatively same personnel.
â€œIâ€™m sure theyâ€™ll be looking at that tape,â€ Bills coach Sean McDermott said of his defense, per Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. â€œTheyâ€™ve got a lot of new stuff this year that weâ€™ve been looking at that theyâ€™ve added to their offense. So, I think itâ€™s a frame of reference, or a reference point, but not a be all end all.â€
The Buffalo Bills’ OC is overseeing what’s arguably the hottest offense in football while keeping an eye on a potential future elsewhere.
Buffalo Bills fans in the new century are used to seeing coaches come and go. Brian Daboll is the 12th man to hold the title of Buffalo offensive coordinator since Joe Pendry’s three-year term ended after the 2000 season. Among the names before him are Kevin Gilbride, Alex Van Pelt, and Greg Roman. Gilbride won a Super Bowl in the same spot with the Giants, while Van Pelt and Roman have opportunities to do in their respective roles with Cleveland and Baltimore. But they were unable to unlock the offensive potential Western New York had to offer and were subsequently bid farewell.
Daboll is likewise writing his Buffalo coda, but, from a personal standpoint, it comes under the sweetest circumstances on the precipice of football nirvana.
The 45-year-old Ontario, Canada native is not only partaking in one of the eight remaining active Super Bowl treks but he is also on the forefront of the minds of those seeking to reopen their championship windows. As one of the most popular candidates for an open head coaching spot, Daboll has interviewed with the New York Jets and Los Angeles Chargers and other teams have reportedly expressed interest. Per NFL procedures, Daboll can’t officially be hired until the Bills’ season ends. It’ll extend to at least Saturday night, as the Bills battle Roman and the Ravens in the opening leg of the AFC Divisional playoffs (8:15 p.m. ET, NBC).
While Bills fans may have come to grips with the likelihood that Daboll’s Buffalo career won’t make it to Valentine’s Day, they certainly hope that the outside attention won’t take his focus away from their magical season in progress. Under Daboll’s watch, Buffalo’s offense ranks at or near the top of almost every major statistical category, and franchise quarterback Josh Allen has become an MVP candidate in his care. Their 13-win season has snapped countless streaks of futility on the Bills’ ledger. For example, they won their first playoff game in over a quarter-century last weekend in the Wild Card round against Indianapolis.
Prior to the 27-24 win over the Colts, Daboll assured Bills Mafia that they had nothing to worry about when it came to his current mindset.
“(I’m) humbled by it, but (I’m) focused on what we have to do here,” Daboll said of the situation, per Nick Wojton of Bills Wire. “You have a tremendous challenge ahead of you. You better be focused.â€
Buffalo earned 397 yards in their Wild Card triumph, a few tallies about their average of 396.5, second in the NFL behind only Kansas City. They ranked 23rd in total offense last season but have been energized by Allen’s breakout season as well as the arrival of former Minnesota playoff hero Stefon Diggs.
“I hate to keep giving him so much credit because I don’t want anyone to steal him from me,” Diggs said with a smile in a report from Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN. “He’s a guy that knows what he’s doing, he knows the flow of the game, knows when to call what. We just trust him, whatever he calls, I’m running it…He always has our back and I (haven’t) seen him miss yet.”
Daboll is a rare Bills representative who has tasted the finest nectars mainstream football has to offer. He was an active contributor to five of the New England Patriots’ six Super Bowl titles in a variety of assistant roles (most recently as the tight ends coach in 2013-16). During a brief college interlude, Daboll was the University of Alabama Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator during their 2017 national title run.
The call from the Bills came shortly after the Tide rolled to an overtime victory in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Buffalo’s offense came home 30th in his first year as they struggled to a 6-10 mark. The move up to 23rd was quiet on paper, but general manager Brandon Beane was enthused by the progress.
“Going back to when Brian was here in ’18, obviously (we were) very young on offense and inexperienced at critical positions,” Beane recalled in Louis-Jacques’ story. “Then you go to ’19 and, all right, we helped the O-line, it’s Year 2 for Josh and we gave him a couple weapons in Cole (Beasley)Â andÂ John Brown, but we still don’t have enough here yet. I thought what Brian did from 18 to 19 showed growth and it obviously starts with the most critical position. Look at Josh’s growth and what he did. Brian was hands-on in that.”
Daboll is well versed in the challenges ahead, despite his conversations elsewhere. The Bills (14-3) will have to navigate through the rest of the postseason without rookie Zack Moss, one of their top running backs. Baltimore (12-5) is also well known for their pressure and pass rush. They worked their way into the Divisional round with a 20-13 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon.
In their victory, the Ravens held the high-powered Titans offense to a mere 209 yards and 12 first downs. All-Pro rusher Derrick Henry tallied a mere 40 yards on 18 carries, with none of his rushes going beyond eight yards. Daboll also pointed out that Baltimore’s pressures and quarterback knockdowns top the league.
“They’re the top defense that we’ve played all year,” Daboll said, per Bills reporter Jordan LaBarber. “That’s what the playoffs are. Those are the moments that you live for. Highly competitive individuals playing in tough games that are meaningful games, and it will be a challenge.”