Report: Patriots Assistant Brian Daboll To Interview For Alabama’s OC Job

    Alabama's offensive coordinator search continues with reported interest in a New England Patriots assistant. Brian Daboll is expected to interview for the job.

    February 13, 2017

    Alabama’s offensive coordinator search continues with reported interest in a New England Patriots assistant. Brian Daboll is expected to interview for the job.


    While Alabama deals with another offseason arrest following its loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game, Nick Saban still needs to find a new offensive coordinator with Steve Sarkisian having left for the Atlanta Falcons.

    Perhaps going back to his past is the path Saban will take to fill the vacancy.

    According to a report, New England Patriots assistant and former NFL offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is expected to interview for the OC gig in Tuscaloosa.

    Saban and Daboll have a history, as Daboll was a graduate assistant under Saban at Michigan State.

    Daboll was expected to inherit the keys to the Patriots’ offense after their Super Bowl run because many had expected Josh McDaniels to get a head coaching gig. However, McDaniels opted to remain in New England. Daboll was essentially being groomed as the heir apparent to McDaniels while serving as the tight ends coach. So, his offensive mind has been highly valued.

    Whoever does eventually get the offensive coordinator job will be expected to keep the Alabama machine rolling along, and Saban has gone through his share of OCs since arriving in town. Major Applewhite, Jim McElwain, Doug Nussmeier, Lane Kiffin and Sarkisian have all called offensive plays for the Tide on the road to claiming four national titles over the past eight seasons.

    The obvious choice as we near closer to spring football would be Mike Locksley, who was brought into town as an offensive analyst. Saban announced in mid-January that the 47-year-old would be a full-time offensive assistant coach for 2017. But we’ll see how Daboll fits into the mix.

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