Brian Daboll is the assistant coach of the year

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Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s season ended earlier than he would have liked, but his work helping the Bills to the AFC Championship Game earned him an award on Saturday night.

Daboll has been named the assistant coach of the year by the Associated Press. The award was given out at the NFL Honors show in Tampa on Saturday.

The Bills finished second in the league in points scored and yards from scrimmage while going 13-3 and winning the AFC East. Quarterback Josh Allen and wide receiver Stefon Diggs each had career seasons while playing in Daboll’s scheme.

“I think it is important to develop relationships with your players and make sure they understand you care about them not just as players but as people off the field, that is the first thing,” Daboll said. “The second thing is those guys, they have a very similar mindset and personality, and they hit it off I would say off the field. They got together in Florida in the offseason along with the other receivers, tight ends, backs, started to develop a relationship there, and it continued to grow.”

Daboll is the second straight offensive coordinator to win the award. Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman took the prize last year.

Daboll received 28 of the 50 votes. Former Rams defensive coordinator and new Chargers head coach Brandon Staley was second with 5.5 votes. Daboll also interviewed for the Chargers job, but will have to wait at least one more year for a chance to move up to a head coaching position.

14 responses to “Brian Daboll is the assistant coach of the year

  1. Did Josh Boyer get any votes? To go from just about worst to just about first in defense for the up and coming Fins was quite the surprise for me…

  2. I don’t get it… this is the guy that had Ryan Tannehill literally telling the defense if it was a pass or rush with his snap counts when he was the Dolphins OC….. he was the worst in history.

  3. Well deserved, it was a tie for me between him and Robert Saleh for who I thought might win it this year but I can’t say turning Josh Allen into a legit top 10 QB doesn’t deserve recognition.

  4. I have to correct myself.. I’m blaming him for something he didn’t do in Miami… it was his successor that had the insane Tannehill snap counts (3 meant pass and 2 meant run… you could hear it on TV)

  5. Jeremy3186,

    Bills fans were calling for him to be fired last year. And then he returned to form in the playoffs. Called three straight runs against the colts and then punted. Ran three times… the bills offensive weakness against the colts D strength. Three times in a row.

  6. I’m stoked the Chargers didn’t hire Daboll away from us, but also how the heck did the Chargers not hire Daboll?!?

  7. As a loving Bills fan I am so relieved that Daboll stays. Continuity is so huge. Bills are 4 difference making players away 2 on each side of the ball. Massive upgrade at RB Chris Carson FA or draft Najee Harris. Playmaker on offense FA Golladay or TE Jonnu Smith / Hunter Henry. On defense either a run stuffer like FA Leonard Williams or edge rusher like FA Ngakoue on DL & a thumper at LB. and obviously HIT ON THE DRAFT GUYS WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE NOW while the Bills’ window is open.

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