Throughout the Browns' search for a new head coach, ClevelandBrowns.com will break down the candidates as they go through the interview process with the team. We continue with a look at Brian Daboll, the current offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills.
1) After a few years at the collegiate level with William & Mary and Michigan State, Daboll has spent the better part of the last two decades in the NFL across six teams, making stops with New England (2000-06, 2013-16), the New York Jets (2007-08), Cleveland (2009-10), Miami (2011), Kansas City (2012), and in his offensive coordinator role with Buffalo since 2018. He reunited with Nick Saban as part of his national championship staff at Alabama in 2017 as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. His lone defensive assistant role was with the Patriots as an assistant from 2000-01. Since then, he has been on the offensive side of the ball, taking on the coordinator position with the Browns, Dolphins, Chiefs and the Bills.
2) Born in Welland, Ontario, and a former safety at the University of Rochester, Daboll won five Super Bowls, all coming with the Patriots (2001, 2003-04, 2014, 2016). The 2004 championship saw Daboll aid Deion Branch to Super Bowl MVP honors, the first time in 16 years a wide receiver won that award.
3) Daboll was part of a cool moment in November, as he helped a few Bills fans avoid a massive Uber charge to get home from a game after their car broke down.
4) He has been able to get some high-quality production out of some notable stars during his time in the league. As the Jets' quarterbacks coach, Brett Favre produced the second-highest completion percentage of his career (65.7) in 2008. With the Dolphins, he helped produce a 1,000-yard rusher (Reggie Bush) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Brandon Marshall) in a season for the first time in franchise history. Under the direction of his offense in Kansas City, running back Jamaal Charles eclipsed 1,500 yards and earned Pro Bowl distinction.
5) Under Daboll's direction, this year's Bills squad went 10-6 and made the playoffs as the fifth seed in the AFC. Their offense has largely revolved around the running game, led by the three-pronged attack of running backs Frank Gore and Devin Singletary and quarterback Josh Allen. The three carried the ball over 100 times each this season, with Gore leading the way with 166 carries. Singletary led the team with 775 yards on the ground on 151 attempts while Allen led all quarterbacks and was eighth in the league with his nine rushing touchdowns. The Bills boasted the eighth-best rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 128.4 yards per game.