Patriots TE coach Brian Daboll reportedly will interview for Alabama’s OC position. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)
The Patriots didn’t lose any of their coordinators for head coaching jobs, but they could lose a position coach.
According to ESPN’s Bruce Feldman, Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll is expected to interview with Alabama to be its next offensive coordinator.
It’s worth noting Daboll has a connection with Nick Saban as he was his graduate assistant when Saban coached at Michigan State and Bill Belichick also has a good relationship with Saban.
Daboll was viewed as the Patriots’ next offensive coordinator if Josh McDaniels were to leave. He has called the plays in the Patriots’ final preseason game each of the last few seasons, typically a sign he would be the next man up if something were to happen to McDaniels.
The 41-year-old has plenty of experience, including being an NFL offensive coordinator with a number of teams — the Browns (2009-10), Dolphins (2011) and Chiefs (2012). Daboll has been with the Patriots since 2013.
Without reading too much into things, it could be a sign that McDaniels will stay with the Patriots as offensive coordinator for at least a few more years because if McDaniels was expected to leave soon, then it would make sense for Daboll to stay in New England.
Also, there’s no indication of how serious the interest is on both sides for Daboll or Saban/Alabama.
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