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What Brian Daboll exit means for Alabama offense
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:23:41 am »

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What Brian Daboll exit means for Alabama offense, the interesting QB offseason to come

The whole continuity things remains evasive for Alabama's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks.

Three (almost) complete seasons with Lane Kiffin had three different passers. Then it was Steve Sarkisian for a game and Brian Daboll for a season. The NFL claimed those two with Daboll heading to the Buffalo Bills in a move announced Sunday.

It comes at a fascinating time for this Crimson Tide offense. Two qualified candidates are primed for a spring football quarterback competition unlike any Alabama's seen. You just don't find many scenarios like a two-year starter being replaced by a true freshman at halftime in a national title game-changing substitution.

The kind of offensive coordinator who replaces Daboll could say a lot about the direction Nick Saban intends for that side of the ball. Someone with a spread passing background would seem to favor Tua Tagovailoa's style.

Both can run, though Hurts is more of the straight-ahead, read-option player.

"I think Jalen, he's the kind of guy coach (Lane) Kiffin likes to quarterback," former Alabama quarterback Jake Coker said last week on WNSP-FM in Mobile. "A mobile guy who can make plays with his feet and gives you a lot of options. Coach (Brian) Daboll's approach to offensive football is different."

It's worth remembering the Alabama defense is also replacing coordinator Jeremy Pruitt along with the entire starting secondary. That dynamic could make for the need to be more aggressive on offense.

And, as always when Alabama's hiring a new offensive coordinator, Saban's philosophy remains the guiding principle. Nobody is coming into this program and changing the spirit of the way Saban wants things done.

A few current and former Alabama players have voiced social media support for current Tide receivers coach Mike Locksley, a former offensive coordinator and head coach.

Saban has not promoted from within the on-field coaching staff for a coordinator job since Kirby Smart in 2008. Sarkisian was an analyst when getting the ultimately brief call up in 2016.


Re: What Brian Daboll exit means for Alabama offense
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2018, 05:56:12 am »

Report: Departing offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will owe Alabama sizable buyout

USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz reported that Daboll (or his new employer) will owe Alabama $240,000 for leaving Tuscaloosa after only one season.

Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Report: Former Alabama OC Brian Daboll wanted to play Tua Tagovailoa earlier in the season

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Re: What Brian Daboll exit means for Alabama offense
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2018, 05:46:37 pm »

Got tired of being yelled at on the sidelines


Re: What Brian Daboll exit means for Alabama offense
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2018, 06:11:46 pm »

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Brian Daboll's departure from Alabama was sudden, but he did what was in the best interest of his family: https://trib.al/T3NbLzv

"I'm a Buffalo guy," Daboll told WKBW-TV. "The communities around the stadium, to the Rochester area, it's a really special area. It's where I grew up. The people, the community are second to none. They're unbelievable. City of good neighbors for a reason. Great food... as you can tell. But I love the place. I love the community. I love the people. I love the fans. I love the team... It was a good opportunity and I made it in the best interest of our family."
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