Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will meet with the Los Angeles Chargers and New York Jets on Sunday following his team’s Wild Card game on Saturday. Daboll is interviewing for head coach positions with both franchises.
Daboll interviewed for the Cleveland Browns head coaching job last offseason, but ultimately returned for his third season in Buffalo after Cleveland hired Kevin Stefanski.
Both of Daboll’s interviews will be virtual. Under league rules, he can’t be officially hired until the Bills are eliminated from the postseason. He can interview now following the Wild Card round and again following the AFC Championship Game if Buffalo advances to the Super Bowl. These rules were put in place so as not to disadvantage coaches whose teams were still playing.
With six head coaching jobs currently open, it’s a bit surprising Daboll was only requested by a third of the teams. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, and Detroit Lions haven’t asked for permission to interview the Bills’ play caller.
Daboll has been considered a front-runner for the Chargers’ job from the beginning. Los Angeles QB Justin Herbert has been frequently compared to Bills QB Josh Allen and it’s an attractive landing spot. Daboll went to high school in Western New York with Chargers GM Tom Telesco and the pair also share an agent.
From 2007-2008, Daboll was the quarterbacks coach with the Jets under head coach Eric Mangini and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.