Alabama football finished runners-up in the College Football Championship Game last month. Since then there has been some turnover on the staff and head coach Nick Saban was looking to hire a new offensive coordinator to replace the outgoing Steve Sarkisian who is now with the Atlanta Falcons. Brian Daboll will be the man in charge of Alabama’s offense in 2017.

Brian Daboll is an offensive mind and has bounced around various teams in the NFL the last 17 years. He’s been the offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs before joining Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots in 2013. Daboll has spent the last three seasons coaching tight ends with the Patriots and specifically under Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Brian Daboll took part in designing and coaching a Patriots offense that finished fourth in total offense in 2016. Quarterback Tom Brady understandably gets all of the accolades but the Patriots were the second most balanced offense in the NFL just behind the Atlanta Falcons last season. The Patriots were fourth in pass offense and seventh in rushing offense in 2016.

Alabama likes to run the football, grinding out games by physically wearing opponents down. Clemson was the only team all season long that was able to match Alabama’s physicality, bending and not breaking when the opening quarter went the Tide’s way.

Coaching tight ends is Brian Daboll’s specialty. Elite playmaker O.J Howard is graduating and will be playing in the NFL next season. Under previous coordinators Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian, tight ends were underused in the Alabama passing game. Expect Brian Daboll to utilize and get more out of his tight ends in 2017. Howard’s loss is significant, but Alabama reloads talent even if those currently on the team are inexperienced.

Michael Berns is Editor in Chief of He also contributes to college football writing: particularly covering the Illinois Fighting Illini and all things BigTen. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter –@MichaelBerms.

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