KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that the team has hired Brian Daboll to serve as the club’s offensive coordinator.
"Brian is a fine football coach and offensive mind," said Head Coach Romeo Crennel. “I worked with him when he was a young coach in New England and I am proud of the way his career has developed. We had a very thorough process for this position and it was clear to me that Brian was the right choice. He was coveted by multiple teams and I am glad he will be joining our staff.”
Daboll joins the Chiefs after one season (2011) in Miami where he held the same position for the Dolphins. In 2011, the Dolphins offense had both a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver for the first time in franchise history. RB Reggie Bush picked up 1,086 yards on 216 carries and had five 100-yard rushing performances. WR Brandon Marshall caught a team-high 81 passes for 1,214 yards and recorded five 100-yard receiving days en route to a Pro Bowl appearance on the AFC squad. QB Matt Moore finished fifth in the AFC and 12th in the NFL with an 87.1 passer rating. Under Daboll, the Miami offense committed only 39 penalties in 2011, tying for the third best mark in the NFL.
"This is a great opportunity,” Daboll said. “After meeting with Romeo, it was clear to me Kansas City was a good fit. I have a lot of respect for Romeo and a strong appreciation for the Kansas City Chiefs franchise. Romeo and I have similar ideas on the direction of the program and we have a good core group of players to get started with. I’m ready to get in as soon as possible and start working to be a part of something special.”
Prior to joining the Miami coaching staff, Daboll spent two seasons (2009-10) as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns offense saw dramatic improvement in the second half of the season in Daboll’s first year in Cleveland. The Browns saw increased production in points scored (11.1 points per game), total yards (78.2 yards per game), rushing yards (67.1 yards per game), Red Zone efficiency (20.8%), third-down efficiency (14.7%), turnovers (1.9 fewer per game) and time of possession (3:21 more per game) over the final eight games.
Before joining Cleveland, Daboll spent two seasons (2007-08) as quarterbacks coach with the N.Y. Jets. While with the Jets, he helped QB Brett Favre pick up the Jets offense after the quarterback came out of retirement. In his one season under Daboll, Favre garnered a Pro Bowl berth for the AFC squad and ranked fifth in the NFL in completion percentage (65.7).
Daboll spent seven seasons (2000-06) as an assistant coach with the New England Patriots, first as a defensive assistant (2000-01) before taking over as wide receivers coach (2002-06). With the Patriots, Daboll earned three Super Bowl rings working alongside Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli. During his tenure in New England, he helped WR Deion Branch earn Super Bowl XXXIX MVP honors in the Patriots’ win against Philadelphia following the 2004 season. Branch became the first wide receiver to win that honor since San Francisco’s Jerry Rice in Super Bowl XXIII after the 1988 season.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Daboll began his coaching career as a restricted volunteer at the College of William & Mary (1997) before serving two seasons (1998-99) as a graduate assistant at Michigan State University. Daboll was a two-year starter at safety at the University of Rochester.
Daboll is married, with wife, Beth. He has a son, Christian, a daughter, Haven, and two stepsons, Marky and Aiden. Daboll replaces former offensive coordinator Bill Muir who announced his retirement from coaching last Wednesday.