Former Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Brian Daboll joined the Kansas City Chiefs staff on Monday to be the club’s offensive coordinator after Bill Muir retired from the position Feb. 1. Muir linked up with a familiar face in Chiefs’ head coach Romeo Crennel.
“Brian is a fine football coach and offensive mind,” said Crennel, via Chiefs’ press release. “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 in Miami. The Dolphins’ offense had both a 1,000-yard rusher (Reggie Bush, who finished with 1,086 yards on 216 carries, including five 100-yards outings) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Brandon Marshall finished with 1,214 yards on 81 receptions, earning a spot in the Pro Bowl) for the first time in franchise history.
Quarterback Matt Moore finished fifth in the AFC and 12th in the NFL with an 87.1 passer rating. Under Daboll, the Dolphins’ offense committed only 39 penalties in 2011, tying for the third best mark in the NFL.
Daboll spent two seasons in 2009 and 2010 as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns before joining the Dolphins. The Browns’ offense saw dramatic improvement in the second half of the season under Daboll’s leadership in his first year.
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.
From 2007 to 2008, Daboll was the quarterbacks coach for the New York 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 from 2000 to 2006 as an assistant coach with the New England Patriots. With the Patriots, Daboll earned three Super Bowl rings working alongside Crennel and Chiefs’ general manager Scott Pioli.
During his tenure with Patriots, Daboll helped wide receiver Deion Branch earn Super Bowl XXXIX MVP honors in the team’s win against the Philadelphia Eagles. Branch became the first wide receiver to win that honor since San Francisco 49ers’ Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice in Super Bowl XXIII.
“This is a great opportunity,” said Daboll. “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.”