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Bills’ offense rallies around Brian Daboll following personal loss this week

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills’ offense broke out on Sunday against the Washington Football Team, with quarterback Josh Allen accounting for five touchdowns and the team gaining nearly 500 yards. While this felt like a get-right game for Allen and company, we found out after the game that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll had an abnormally difficult week.

Daboll’s grandmother who raised him passed away this week.

The first inkling we knew something was up was during the postgame press conference, when Dion Dawkins said the offense dedicated the win to Daboll. Allen followed at the podium, sharing more details.

Allen shared that Daboll fell into his arms after the game, overcome with emotion, in a mirror image of what happened a year ago, when it was Allen who lost his grandmother and Daboll doing the comforting.

“My heart aches for him and I think our guys on offense would say the same thing,” said Allen. “He cares so much about being the best version of himself for us. When you see a guy hurting, guys rally around that.”

Daboll’s grandmother and grandfather live in West Seneca, New York. The loss hits close to home in a lot of ways.

“It’s always a tragic situation when someone loses a family member,” said head coach Sean McDermott in his postgame press conference. “I’m thankful for the togetherness that we share on this team. Our hearts go out to Brian Daboll and his family during this time.”

If you’d like to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Daboll’s grandmother, click on the link here and it will take you directly to the website.