The Tide finished 13th in rushing offense, 29th in total offense but just 91st in passing offense this season.
While some of the stats were down compared to last season, Daboll got the overall job done in helping Alabama win a national championship. That’s the goal.
Still, Daboll left you wanting more at times throughout the season, especially because he seemed to lean so heavily on Hurts’ legs despite having four capable running backs. In the title game, the quarterbacks combined for 18 carries (Tagovailoa had 12) and the running backs had 19.
Now, it seems as if some of Daboll’s old friends may come calling.
Current New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reportedly is in the mix for multiple head-coaching jobs around the NFL. Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia also has been linked to quite a few jobs. You’d have to think that those two guys might be interested in Daboll, given their work history.
Also, given his past work under Bill Belichick, Daboll might be on the short list of candidates to replace McDaniels if he leaves. Daboll’s style may fit the NFL better, and given the additional demands of recruiting and whatnot, Daboll may want to get back to the NFL.
I felt like the Daboll hire was rushed, given the way things ended with Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian after last season. Him moving on could open the door for someone who I think would be a fantastic hire as offensive coordinator: former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze. We know that Saban isn’t afraid to hire coaches that seemingly no one else wants to touch, like (cough, cough) Lane Kiffin.
It seems as if the decision to play Tagovailoa awoke something in everyone, from Saban to Daboll to the entire offense. With the NFL apparently set to come calling, will it be enough to keep Daboll around?
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