TiderInsider.com reported Wednesday night that New England Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll would be named Alabama’s offensive coordinator, and a flood of media reports Friday night are saying he indeed has been hired.
ESPN.com and AL.com were among those reporting Daboll had been hired.
Daboll, 41, just finished his third season as New England’s tight end coach. He has been an offensive coordinator for three NFL teams: Cleveland, Miami and Kansas City. When Patriots coordinator Josh McDaniels was being mentioned as a candidate for several NFL head-coaching opportunities late in the ’16 season, speculation was that Daboll would replace him if he left.
Daboll never has been a full-time college assistant, but did serve as a graduate assistant for Tide coach Nick Saban at Michigan State from 1998-99.
Nick Saban famously removed Lane Kiffin as the Tide’s offensive coordinator before the College Football Playoff championship game, replacing him with existing staff member Steve Sarkisian. But Sarkisian left Alabama last week, deciding he’d rather serve as offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.
Daboll will share the offensive coordinator title with Mike Locksley, though Daboll will be the play-caller.
There also are rumblings that former Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner, who was dismissed following the 2016 season, could be added to Alabama’s staff as an offensive analyst.
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