The Buffalo Bills boasted the NFL’s No. 2 scoring offense this year, setting a franchise record with 501 points scored. In a year where quarterback Josh Allen took a gargantuan leap towards stardom, it only makes sense that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is a hot name to find a head coaching job somewhere this offseason.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the New York Jets have requested permission to interview Daboll. The Jets just fired Adam Gase, who compiled a 9-23 record over the last two seasons. While Gase was hired in part to nurture Sam Darnold, that never came to fruition, as the former No. 3 overall pick has regressed over his time in New Jersey.
Daboll has already worked for every team in the AFC East, including the Jets, for whom he served as the quarterbacks coach in 2007 and 2008. He has been Buffalo’s offensive coordinator since 2018, and he worked under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots from 2000-2006, then again from 2013-2016. He was the Miami Dolphins’ offensive coordinator in 2011.
The last Buffalo coordinator of any kind to leave the team for a promotion was Mike Pettine, who served as defensive coordinator in 2013 before he was hired as the Cleveland Browns’ head coach in 2014. To find an offensive coordinator who left for a head coaching gig, you have to go all the way back to 1992, when Ted Marchibroda left Buffalo to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
While Daboll is now linked to the Jets, it would also make sense that his name will come up in discussions about the Los Angeles Chargers job. The Chargers just fired former Bills offensive coordinator and interim head coach Anthony Lynn. Their general manager, Tom Telesco, went to St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, New York, which is also Daboll’s alma mater.
The Chargers have officially requested an interview, as well.