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Patriots bring back Brian Daboll

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Brian Daboll, a Patriots assistant during Bill Belichick’s first seven seasons in New England, is returning to the team.

Belichick announced today that Daboll is coming back, and will begin working with the team right away, helping in the playoffs just as assistant Josh McDaniels did a year ago.

Daboll was an assistant in New England from 2000 through 2006, but he left to follow Eric Mangini to the Jets in 2007. After two seasons as the Jets’ quarterbacks coach, Daboll later spent two seasons as the Browns’ offensive coordinator, one season as the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator and the 2012 season as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator.

Now the Patriots will have one more offensive coach helping out as they try to win two more games.

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38 Responses to “Patriots bring back Brian Daboll”
  1. jjackwagon says: Jan 14, 2013 11:53 AM

    Returning to the last place he had any success.

  2. donkeykong2011 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:01 PM

    waiting for the requisite reference to spygate from a disgruntled ravens/colts/raiders/steelers/jets fan.

  3. jae121704 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:02 PM

    Cue the “they are cheating” comments in 3,2,1…..

  4. buffalobills2012 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:08 PM

    its legal to bring in the o cord of a team that played your afc championship opponent 2x??
    That seems pre-tty shady if I dont say.

  5. kcflake says: Jan 14, 2013 12:13 PM

    Wow, New England is going to bring in the WORST Offensive Coordinator in the history of the KC Chiefs organization. What a Joke. This Dude Sucked from Day One. This genius ran jamall Charles 6 times in one entire game. Brian Daboll couldn’t find a first down, tocuhdown or offensive game plan with two hands and a flash light. I am just glad he will be on someone else’s sideline. Good Riddance and thanks for helping give the KC Chiefs Fans the worst season in our history.

  6. thrillomania says: Jan 14, 2013 12:16 PM

    I heard Brian Billick was going to come out of the booth and help coach the Ravens Sunday, he being the last coach to ever win an AFC Championship game for them.

  7. anyonebutbrady says: Jan 14, 2013 12:19 PM

    I am not one of the spygate whiners, far from it, but I feel like they could timed a move like this a little better. I can’t imagine anyone in their PR department gave this much thought, the team he was previously with’s season ended weeks ago. Why add any fuel to the fire for the conspiracy theorists?

  8. jredshoes says: Jan 14, 2013 12:19 PM

    I’m not sure the loving involved. He was the worst OC we’ve had in the 50 plus years I’ve watched the Chiefs and trust me, we’ve had some real nozzle heads

  9. jredshoes says: Jan 14, 2013 12:20 PM

    I’m not sure the logic involved. He was the worst OC we’ve had in the 50 plus years I’ve watched the Chiefs and trust me, we’ve had some real nozzle heads

  10. patsfan22 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:22 PM

    “Cheaters! How is this legal?”

    – Said every Broncos, Ravens, Steelers and Jets fan.

  11. silvestregonzalez74 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:25 PM

    Classless organization!!!!!!

  12. manhorse69 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:26 PM

    Belichick playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers

  13. jbholcom says: Jan 14, 2013 12:26 PM

    Brian is a very offensive coordinator. Hopefully he can be just as offensive in New England as he has been in Cleveland and Kansas City.

  14. mokshunamos says: Jan 14, 2013 12:26 PM

    In the War Room, by Michael Holley, it is noted that Daboll was upset when McDaniels got promoted to OC over him, the older, senior guy. And that’s why he left for the Jets, to get a better opportunity. Which he did. And now here he is working for McDaniels again. A long, strange trip.

  15. shawnleblancpatsfan says: Jan 14, 2013 12:28 PM

    Brilliant move by BB. If I’m not mistaken the Chiefs played the NFC South this year so if the Pats win this weekend they have some info on Atlanta from him or SF as NE played the NFC West this year. Absolutely brilliant!

  16. descendency says: Jan 14, 2013 12:29 PM

    I guess being one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history just isn’t good enough for the Patriots.

    Hopefully the Ravens can give NE as good of a game as they did the Broncos.

  17. mburkett1980 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:29 PM

    Something about hiring fired coaches to help your team in the middle of a playoff run just doesn’t sit right with me.

    Just like your 53-man roster, it seems like your coaching staff should be frozen through the playoffs as well.

  18. cannonballdookie says: Jan 14, 2013 12:36 PM

    McDaniels will be a head coach again next year so they are just getting his replacement ready.

    I thought he got a bad rap in Denver and still has a lot of potential as a coach, he just has to reel it in a bit or he will turn off the veteran players and opponents.

  19. pinion8ted says: Jan 14, 2013 12:45 PM

    Haters keep on whining, as Belichick keeps on winning.

    Must suck not being a Pat’s fan.

  20. merrimanku says: Jan 14, 2013 12:50 PM

    How is these guys to a crap job with their own team and then they get swept up just in time to play in the AFC championship game, potentially Super Bowl? Lucky.

  21. godofwine330 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:50 PM

    How many chances is this guy gonna get to fail? Turrible (thanks, Chuck) as the Browns OC, and the same in Miami & KC. He cannot coordinnate. Only Belichick’s guys can get that many chances. Now, he is going to go back to NE, get the funk off of him and somebody is going to give his sorry tail yet ANOTHER shot in a couple years.

    Unbelievable.

  22. richabbs says: Jan 14, 2013 12:53 PM

    Hopefully, he can get Tom Brady to start playing more like Matt Cassell and Brady Quinn.

  23. bleedgreen says: Jan 14, 2013 12:56 PM

    Everyone likes to talk about information, but c’mon. All the coaches have tape from every game. What is Belichick going to learn from Daboll that he couldn’t learn from watching the tape himself?

  24. mccourty1sland says: Jan 14, 2013 1:00 PM

    Patriots suck!! Out of the 5 Super Bowls they’ve been in in 11 years the only won 3!! What a joke!!

  25. CKL says: Jan 14, 2013 1:02 PM

    mokshunamos says:
    Jan 14, 2013 12:26 PM
    In the War Room, by Michael Holley, it is noted that Daboll was upset when McDaniels got promoted to OC over him, the older, senior guy. And that’s why he left for the Jets, to get a better opportunity. Which he did. And now here he is working for McDaniels again. A long, strange trip.
    ______________________________

    It also shows that once again, BB was right about who merited promotion (and I am not a Joshie fan). Developing assistants is a very underrated skill not all HCs have. He does. That’s one reason they don’t succeed away from him. They just take only people from his staff instead of being able to develop any of their own guys in addition to that.

  26. princepluck says: Jan 14, 2013 1:18 PM

    Cue the chorus of fantasy football pundits singing about how this will help Ridley and Vereen in 2013…!

  27. smith62477 says: Jan 14, 2013 1:38 PM

    Hey @mburkett

    Playoff teams 53 man rosters are not frozen during the playoffs. Teams can cut and pick up any player who was not on a 53 man roster the final day of the season.

    Look at Seattle. The IR’ed their kicker and signed Ryan Longwell last week.

    SF signed Bill Cundiff during their bye week.

  28. rajbais says: Jan 14, 2013 1:43 PM

    Even though the Browns, Chiefs, and Dolphins are out of the playoffs.

    Bill, I thought you only bring back ex-assistants when their other ex-employers are your playoff opponents.

    McDaniels knows what I’m talking about.

  29. billinva says: Jan 14, 2013 2:07 PM

    Where are the whiners crying for the NFL to close the “Daboll” loophole?

  30. greysolon says: Jan 14, 2013 2:09 PM

    Chiefs Director Of Media Relations Juan Castillo issued a statement from the team:

    “Brian was a valued member of the organization here and we wish him well in his new endeavor.”

  31. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 14, 2013 2:09 PM

    I’m assuming the workflow will be:

    – Daboll calls a play from the booth to McDaniels headset
    – McDaniels then determines what the exact opposite of that play is and radios it to Brady
    – Brady scores

    Watching Daboll try and assemble that Chiefs offense this year was pretty painful.

  32. beecee71 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:12 PM

    It doesn’t seem right that this guy could get a superbowl ring after the season he had in KC. Legal or not.

  33. steelerben says: Jan 14, 2013 2:14 PM

    I could be wrong, but that offense doesn’t look like it needs much help.

    Unless their goal is to score 70+

  34. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 14, 2013 2:18 PM

    Billy B is a smart man. When he decides to leave New England, the dark ages that franchise will endure will become NFL legend.

  35. thaoption1 says: Jan 14, 2013 3:54 PM

    It always better to have more insight on the cheating. Spygate

  36. cliverush says: Jan 14, 2013 4:24 PM

    Brian Daboll did excellent work with the receivers when he coached in NE. That area of the game will play an important role this week against the Ravens.

  37. mburkett1980 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:29 PM

    @smith62477

    Thanks for pointing that out to me. For some reason, I thought it was officially locked. After some resarch though, it does look like there are some limits:

    According to the NFL’s rulebook, “clubs participating in the playoffs are permitted to sign free agents throughout the postseason, but are limited to a total of four free agent signings, including players on other clubs’ Practice Squads, during the period that begins at 4 p.m., New York time, on the Wednesday after the final regular season weekend.”

    Teams can not sign more than two such players during any week of the postseason.

  38. lanman11 says: Jan 14, 2013 9:37 PM

    Hey man…..we’re gettin’ the band back together…..

    We’re on a mission from God……

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