Miami Dolphins: Browns' Brian Daboll, Three Others Considered for OC Vacancy

Chris J. NelsonSenior Writer IJanuary 13, 2011

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll directed the NFL's lowest-scoring offense in 2010.
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll directed the NFL's lowest-scoring offense in 2010.Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

In addition to Dallas Cowboys tight ends coach Jason Garrett, three others have been named as potential candidates for the Miami Dolphins' vacant offensive coordinator position.

As mentioned in my article on Garrett's Wednesday interview, San Diego Chargers tight end coach Rob Chudzinski and Hartford Colonials (UFL) head coach Chris Palmer have also been contacted about the job.

Chudzinski is slated to interview for the job Thursday, although he is considered the favorite for the same role with the Carolina Panthers under new head coach Ron Rivera, who was previously the Chargers' defensive coordinator.

Another name that has surfaced is Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who reportedly interviewed with the Dolphins Wednesday for either the offensive coordinator job or the quarterbacks coach position.

Although he is still under contract with the Browns, Daboll is expected to be let go in the near future when team president Mike Holmgren names the successor to recently-fired head coach Eric Mangini.

The 35-year-old Daboll is a member of the Bill Belichick coaching tree, having served as a defensive assistant for the Patriots from 2000-2001 and as wide receivers coach from 2002-2006.

Daboll followed Mangini to the New York Jets in 2007, serving two years as the team's quarterbacks coach, including the first year with Dolphins' impending free agent quarterback Chad Pennington.

Not exactly an ideal candidate to replace Dan Henning's stale and predictable offense in Miami, Daboll's Browns offense was the only in the NFL in 2010 to score fewer points than the Dolphins.

He also doesn't exactly have a whole lot of experience as a quarterbacks coach, with only two pro seasons as a quarterbacks coach and no college playing experience at the position.

Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, who is under quite a bit of pressure to deliver a winner in 2011, is expected to name Henning's successor within the next week.

Daboll seems a less-than-ideal fit considering his limited history as a coordinator or quarterbacks coach and his lack of productivity in his most recent role.


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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and is currently a programming coordinator for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.

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