When Brian Daboll left the New England coaching staff to join Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa, there was rampant speculation that he wouldn’t be long for the college game. That turned out to be the case.
Daboll’s offense helped stage a dramatic second-half comeback for Alabama. After freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was inserted into the game, the Crimson Tide overcame a 10-point deficit to win in overtime as Tagovailoa threw three touchdowns passes including the game-winning 41-yard pass in O.T.
Under Daboll, Alabama ranked 15th in the nation in scoring at 37.1 points per game, 13th in rushing (250.6 yds/gm), and 16th in first downs.
Alabama’s offense struggled at times this season, with fans engaging in sometimes heated debate over the cause between scheme and quarterback play. Daboll was somewhat vindicated when his offense rolled up 250+ yards and 20 points in the second half of the national title game after phenom Tua Tagovailoa took the reins.
In any event this is certainly a promotion for Brian, and the next offensive coordinator will be Alabama’s fourth in the last three seasons. The good news is that there should be no shortage of offensive minds lining up considering the players currently on campus.