The Buffalo Bills have a new offensive play caller. The team named Brian Daboll their new offensive coordinator on Sunday.
Daboll, 42, is coming off a heck of calendar year. He won a Super Bowl and a college national title in the last 11 months. 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.
Daboll's offense helped stage a dramatic second-half comeback for Alabama. After freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was inserted into the game, the Crimson Tide overcame a 10-point deficit to win in overtime as Tagovailoa threw three touchdowns passes including the game-winning 41-yard pass in O.T.
Under Daboll, Alabama ranked 15th in the nation in scoring at 37.1 points per game, 13th in rushing (250.6 yds/gm), and 16th in first downs.
Prior to his appointment as Alabama's offensive coordinator, Daboll had a 17-year NFL coaching career.
Eleven of those years were spent in New England under head coach Bill Belichick. In two separate stints with the Patriots, Daboll served as a defensive assistant, wide receivers coach, offensive assistant and tight ends coach winning five Super Bowl rings.
Daboll also has four years of experience as an offensive coordinator in the NFL. He was the offensive play caller for the Cleveland Browns (2009-2010), Miami Dolphins (2011) and Kansas City Chiefs (2012).
He and Bills head coach Sean McDermott first crossed paths at William & Mary. McDermott was a senior safety for The Tribe when Daboll was a restricted earnings coach on the William & Mary staff in 1997.
Daboll also has Western New York ties. Born in Welland, Ontario, he attended St. Francis high school in Athol Springs where he lettered on the football team. He played college football at the University of Rochester where he was a two-year starter.