Report: Alabama Hires Brian Daboll As Offensive Coordinator

    Alabama has hired Brian Daboll as its new offensive coordinator, replacing the void left by Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian.

    February 17, 2017

    Alabama has hired Brian Daboll as its new offensive coordinator, filling the void left by Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian.

    Bye, Lane Kiffin. Hardly knew you, Steve Sarkisian. Now, Brian Daboll is in charge of the Alabama offense.

    Daboll has been hired as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator, taking over a unit that returns a lot of talent, including a backfield that features quarterback Jalen Hurts and running backs Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris, per Chris Low.

    As tight ends coach for the New England Patriots from 2014-2017, Daboll oversaw the rise of Rob Gronkowski as the premier tight end in the NFL, and brings in a winning pedigree, winning five Super Bowls as a coach (all with the Patriots), including earlier this month in New England’s 34-28 comeback victory over Atlanta.

    The Alabama offense, while switching to a more hurry-up approach during the three seasons under Kiffin, relies heavily on a powerful running game and play-action. In 2016, the Crimson Tide finished 34th in the nation in total offense, averaging 455.3 yards per game and scoring 38.8 points per outing. The rushing attack was formidable, racking up 245 yards per game, good for No. 12 in the nation.

    The Alabama offense was the talk leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, as Kiffin was dismissed and Sarkisian was in charge of calling the plays for the first time in the Crimson Tide’s 35-31 loss to Clemson. Sarkisian accepted the offensive coordinator role for the Atlanta Falcons on February 7.

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