Kansas City Chiefs Made a Mistake When Hiring Brian Daboll as Team's OC
Many Chiefs fans are surprised by this move after it was reported that Al Saunders was being considered for the vacant offensive coordinator position. However, if you look at Daboll's history, you will realize that you should not be surprised that he was selected for this job.
From 2000-06, Daboll worked for the New England Patriots. That is the same place Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel worked for a good portion of their careers. Right away, you should get the gist that this was just a "connection hire."
Daboll spent nine years as a positions coach with the Patriots and New York Jets before becoming an offensive coordinator. In 2009, the Cleveland Browns gave Daboll his first job as an offensive coordinator. Daboll's run as a coordinator did not last long as the Browns ranked 32nd in total offense in 2009. The following year, the Browns barely improved to 29th in total offense. Along with Daboll, Eric Mangini was not retained by the team.
This past season, Daboll was hired as the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins had very limited success in 2011, mostly in the first half of the season, as a whole. Miami's offense finished the season 22nd among the league.
Daboll was not surrounded with a lot of talent in Miami and Cleveland, but that doesn't give the Chiefs the excuse to pass up on Al Saunders. It doesn't take a lot of football knowledge to understand that Daboll is just simply a bad offensive coordinator.
There is not much that needs to be explained as to why Daboll is not a good offensive coordinator. With the serious potential Kansas City has to surprise people in 2012 just went out the window with this hire. Even though this was Crennel's decision, Pioli is the head of this team after Clark Hunt and must take accountability for this, if it doesn't work out.
Where will the Chiefs offense rank in 2012 with Daboll?
Fans are getting off of the Pioli bandwagon. Pioli has tried real hard to bring in New England cast-offs to Kansas City. The only notable New England moves made were Matt Cassel, Crennel and Charlie Weis because of what they did in 2010.
Pioli is having a hard time searching outside of the New England and Bill Parcells tree. Will this pay off or will the Chiefs find themselves looking for a new offensive coordinator one year from now?
If the Chiefs cannot prove to us that Daboll was the right guy, fans must speak out, just like how they did with Carl Peterson in 2007 and 2008. Fans must voice their opinions and not show up to Arrowhead Stadium towards the end of the season. Let Pioli know that his fans are upset because of his decisions.
Daboll is Kansas City's sixth offensive coordinator in seven years.
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