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02-11-2012, 05:17 PM
Posted on Sat, Feb. 11, 2012 05:46 PM
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New Chiefs coordinator Brian Daboll has intense passion for football

By KENT BABB

The Kansas City Star
By KENT BABB The Kansas City Star

Updated: 2012-02-11T23:57:03Z

Rich Parrinello remembered the tears that welled in Brian Daboll’s eyes, the listless face, and the lack of words. The message came through anyway: Daboll’s career as a football player was finished.

It was 1995. Daboll was a junior free safety at the University of Rochester, a Division III school in New York, and Parrinello was the team’s coach. Daboll had suffered a neck injury after a helmet-to-helmet hit during a game against Union College, and he was later told that if he didn’t give up the sport, the next injury could be permanent.

“We’re all grateful that he was going to be OK,” Parrinello said this past week. “Being OK is a relative term in his case, because he wasn’t going to be able to continue playing the game that he really loved.”

Daboll asked if he could stay with the team as a volunteer coach, a kind of undergraduate assistant. He said he needed this. Sure, Parrinello told him. The coach knew what the game meant to Daboll.

More than 16 years later, it was that meeting that, in a twist, launched Daboll’s coaching career. In the years since, Daboll has risen through the ranks, fueled by good connections and an impressive football acumen, and was introduced last week as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator.

Many Chiefs fans know little about Daboll, 36, other than that he’s the latest member of the New England Patriots family to relocate to Kansas City, and that his career seems to have plateaued now that he’s a coordinator with a third team in four years.

Parrinello and others described Daboll as a man who finds solutions in adversity; leans on determination when the odds are stacked high. Others might have seen a neck injury as a chance to move on. In Daboll’s case, he could’ve focused only on finishing his economics degree at Rochester.

“He wasn’t big, I’ll tell you that much,” said Jerry Smith, who coached Daboll at St. Francis High near Buffalo, N.Y. “But he was very intense.”

Daboll broke a kid’s jaw once. Ran right through him, Smith remembered. Knocked several others out of games and made most everyone forget that he lacked exceptional size and speed.

He was persistent and determined. Daboll broke a thumb during one game but stayed in and the Red Raiders won. A week later, when the team doctor wouldn’t clear Daboll to play, St. Francis lost its only game in two seasons. Daboll came back wearing a thick wrapping, and his team won its second consecutive state championship.

Smith said Daboll’s intensity came from a will to avoid disappointing his grandfather, Chris, who had taken in young Brian and his mother, a single parent. Brian saw his family working to pay his tuition to St. Francis, a private school, and didn’t ignore his own responsibility.

“They sacrificed a lot to let him stay there,” Smith said. “For that to happen, he was the type of guy who said, ‘I’m not wasting a dime of my obligation.’ ”

Smith said he saw the seeds of a young coach even then, when Daboll rounded up teammates for film study or made certain others were as committed to offseason training as he had been. The team seemed to come first, and that didn’t change when Daboll went to Rochester.

In those days, Parrinello and defensive coordinator Chris Battaglia would hear all sorts of tales about what happened over weekends. A player might drink too much and feed someone their fist, but the versions that reached the coaches always seemed too tidy to believe. Many times, Parrinello and Battaglia said, it was Daboll who came forward with the truth, promising — and delivering — that the transgressions would be handled by the offending player’s teammates. And that it wouldn’t be repeated.

“He was sort of the guy that kept everybody out of trouble; make sure everybody was doing what they were supposed to do,” said Battaglia, who’s now a high school coach in New York. “He always had goals, and he always had leadership. He always knew what he wanted to do; what he wanted to be.”

Parrinello said he doesn’t think Daboll had aspirations of playing in the NFL. Instead, maybe the kid would ease into coaching someday. He was one of those players who darkened the film rooms at all hours, later asking his coaches not only what they were doing to stop the next opponent but why they had made their choice.

“A student of the game,” Battaglia said.

Then, during the game against Union, Daboll lay on the turf after a collision and the men on Rochester’s sideline held their breath. He was helped from the field, and he wouldn’t play again. But he hadn’t yet fulfilled his obligation to family back home; part of his deal was yet to be satisfied.

“When you’re really passionate about what you love,” Smith said, “you’ll do whatever needs to be done to make sure you do it well.”

Daboll’s intensity remained. Parrinello recalled the end of one game, when he was watching the clock for the right moment for a timeout, and out of the corner of his eye saw Daboll, who in a fit of intensity had run onto the field and called the timeout himself. He hadn’t even graduated yet.

“I said: ‘Brian, you’ve got to take it easy, buddy,’ ” Parrinello said with a chuckle.

From there, Daboll began building bridges to different jobs. Parrinello vouched for Daboll with Jimmye Laycock, who offered the youngster a spot on his staff at William & Mary. Daboll was the team’s restricted-earnings coach, a term and lifestyle that’s now outdated, not because it didn’t test young coaches’ deepest desire to pursue the profession, but because their pay was so low it seemed cruel.

“Several thousand dollars,” Laycock estimated Daboll earning in 1997. “I don’t even know if it was up to five (thousand).”

The positions have since been discontinued, but Laycock said they helped to harden others who endured those meager existences, such as Minnesota defensive coordinator Alan Williams and Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. Laycock and Parrinello called Nick Saban, who offered Daboll a position on his Michigan State staff. Later, Daboll took an entry-level job with the New England Patriots, whose coach was Bill Belichick, a friend and former colleague of Saban’s. The pay wasn’t much better.

“They call it 20-20,” Daboll said. “Twenty hours a day, a little less than 20 grand a year.”

He assisted defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, who would later hire him for the Chiefs, and Daboll kept climbing the coaching ladder.

“We asked and demanded a lot,” Crennel said years later, “and he was able to handle all those situations.”

Daboll was promoted to wide receivers coach, spending seven seasons and winning three Super Bowls with the Patriots. After two seasons coaching the New York Jets’ quarterbacks, where he worked under former Patriots assistant Eric Mangini, Daboll followed Mangini to Cleveland, where he took his first job as an offensive coordinator in 2009.

Mangini said it was Daboll’s ability to connect with players, particularly offering guidance to quarterbacks on how to read defensive coverages, that pushed him up the NFL ladder. Mangini, who also coached the Jets, said Daboll’s background as a defensive back and his start as a defensive assistant offers a rare kind of insight.

“Sometimes (offensive coordinators) will know sort of superficially what to look for,” Mangini said. “He’s giving them the answers to the test.”

But it was there that Daboll ruffled some players, his intensity occasionally boiling over. He reportedly denigrated Browns quarterback Colt McCoy so loudly in 2010 that teammates could hear Daboll’s voice come through the speaker in McCoy’s helmet.

Asked about it this past week, Daboll said: “I expect perfection.”

But that didn’t mean he hasn’t occasionally taken it too far.

“There’s certain times when you’re a coach,” Daboll said, “and sometimes emotion can get to you, and sometimes you step back and say, ‘Boy, I would rather (have) handled it that way than this way.’ But I think the job as a coach is to tell the players what to do, to show them how to do it, and really not accept any excuses.”

Daboll moved on to Miami to coordinate the Dolphins’ offense last year, and now has been given another chance to oversee an offense with the Chiefs. His first test and top priority will be leaning on what Mangini said makes Daboll valuable: his ability to teach quarterbacks. Daboll helped turn Miami’s Matt Moore into a viable passer who threw for 2,497 yards in 13 games last season.

“What does politicking have to do with that?” Mangini said. “That’s results.”

In Kansas City, Daboll’s success will be tied to quarterback Matt Cassel, and vice versa. If one fails, it’s likely that the other will, too. It’s a high-pressure assignment. But those who knew Daboll in high school and college still believe in him. Parrinello said he wouldn’t count the determined kid out. It should help, he said, that Daboll will be surrounded by familiar faces — Crennel, general manager Scott Pioli and Cassel know Daboll from his time in New England — and those he has won games with in the past.

“He has been relentless in pursuit of success,” Parrinello said. “…When there are other good people around him, like in the case of the New England Patriots, I think he will do his part to hold up that success.

“It’s been proven that when he’s in that situation, he’ll thrive, and he’ll be part of the answer.”

To reach Kent Babb, call 816-234-4386 or send email to kbabb@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/kentbabb.

Copyright 2012 The Kansas City Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (okay, then why is there an email link at the top of the page?)

Posted on Sat, Feb. 11, 2012 05:46 PM

Fruit Ninja
02-11-2012, 05:21 PM
No one is gonna thrive w Matt Cassel. Only hope is the defense is top 3 in the NFL.

Tribal Warfare
02-11-2012, 05:22 PM
http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/11/3423492/new-chiefs-coordinator-brian-daboll.html

O.city
02-11-2012, 05:23 PM
Maybe Daboll will want nothing to do with Cassel and will push for Orton.

Cosmos
02-11-2012, 05:25 PM
Looks like the Chiefs PR guy is hard at work.

O.city
02-11-2012, 05:26 PM
I actually like what Daboll did in Miami.

Okie_Apparition
02-11-2012, 05:28 PM
He and Peyton share the tough neck injury blues

FAX
02-11-2012, 05:34 PM
So he's a rat and a snitch.

FAX

Bwana
02-11-2012, 05:38 PM
That read didn't make me feel warm and fuzzy.

booger
02-11-2012, 05:42 PM
Kent Babb on Daboll

always figured Babb was a fruitcake

FAX
02-11-2012, 05:45 PM
I can't believe that guy turned his own guys in to the coaching staff at Rochester. I'll bet he was really popular with his teammates. I mean, if you can't get drunk and fight in college, what's the point in going?

What a stick-in-the-mud this guy is.

FAX

booger
02-11-2012, 05:49 PM
the story about the tears...balogna. The pollen count was really high that day.

Deberg_1990
02-11-2012, 05:53 PM
Maybe Daboll will want nothing to do with Cassel and will push for Orton.

I'm curious If Pioli didn't hire him unless he already got 100% buy in on Cassel.
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Psyko Tek
02-11-2012, 05:53 PM
sensing fail
he will try to drive and no body will care where he is going

the Talking Can
02-11-2012, 05:54 PM
i look forward to our 4 year plan - turning Cassel into Matt Moore - coming to fruition...

...no clue why that is our plan or what it has to do with winning a championship, but as a perverse commitment to a pointless goal I am weirdly impressed with their determination...

FAX
02-11-2012, 05:56 PM
I'm curious If Pioli didn't hire him unless he already got 100% buy in on Cassel.
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Ya think?

We're going to have to take this season like men, men.

It's going to be a nasty, damn screwing right in the patoot and it's going to seem to last forever, but it's either that or watch roller derby.

FAX

Deberg_1990
02-11-2012, 05:59 PM
i look forward to our 4 year plan - turning Cassel into Matt Moore - coming to fruition...

...no clue why that is our plan or what it has to do with winning a championship, but as a perverse commitment to a pointless goal I am weirdly impressed with their determination...

Fascinating isn't it? Our quest to become the Browns and Dolphins. Dream big Pioli!
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KurtCobain
02-11-2012, 06:52 PM
I actually can't help but like this guy kinda, and I think if he thrives he could be a great replacement for Romeo.
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DTLB58
02-11-2012, 06:55 PM
Sounds like he has a passion for the game and has paid his dues working his way up the ladder for this opportunity, I respect that.

To bad he doesn't have a QB.

Fruit Ninja
02-11-2012, 06:57 PM
Fascinating isn't it? Our quest to become the Browns and Dolphins. Dream big Pioli!
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Hell, We are in that class. This organization is a bottom of the barrel organization.

Dragonocho
02-11-2012, 07:00 PM
Babb owed them this puff piece after the candy wrapper episode.

milkman
02-11-2012, 07:17 PM
I don't give a rat's ass about his intensity, his passion, his history.

Show me the backbone to tell Pioli that Cassel sucks, and he can't polish that turd, then I'll buy in.

Until then, he's just another guy waiting for his next job, along with the rest of the clowns at Arrowhead.

O.city
02-11-2012, 07:23 PM
Agree with Milk.


Show a set, tell Pioli what milk said, laugh in his face and get us a new quarterback.

kysirsoze
02-11-2012, 07:29 PM
Agree with Milk.


Show a set, tell Pioli what milk said, laugh in his face and get us a new quarterback.

I'm curious as to how you'll know if he did any of the unbolded. I'm even more curious to know how he has any control over the bolded part.

O.city
02-11-2012, 07:31 PM
I have no idea. I just hope he does it. I don't care if I ever find out.

milkman
02-11-2012, 07:34 PM
I'm curious as to how you'll know if he did any of the unbolded. I'm even more curious to know how he has any control over the bolded part.

It's all going to be speculation and inuendo if it ever does happen, but I'm sure there will be whispers and rumors should it happen.

I also believe that any scenario that finds Cassel sitting on the bench this season for any reason other than injury will be the result of DaBoll's input.

ghak99
02-11-2012, 07:36 PM
I mean, if you can't get drunk and fight in college, what's the point in going?

FAX

To paint faces, run trains, and PIIasmanyBaspossible?? :shrug:

stonedstooge
02-11-2012, 07:43 PM
New PR man used to write romantic novels or something?

kysirsoze
02-11-2012, 07:45 PM
I also believe that any scenario that finds Cassel sitting on the bench this season for any reason other than injury will be the result of DaBoll's input.

I'm not so sure since I don't think Crennel's a huge Cassel fan, but if he's benched, I'll be too happy to worry about who did it.

O.city
02-11-2012, 07:48 PM
I don't think Romeo wants anything to do with Cassel

booger
02-11-2012, 07:53 PM
i heard his first year with the pats he did some blow with whitney

alpha_omega
02-11-2012, 08:07 PM
Fluff.

Unfortunately for us, the bottom line is....

In Kansas City, Daboll’s success will be tied to quarterback Matt Cassel, and vice versa

FAX
02-11-2012, 08:43 PM
i heard his first year with the pats he did some blow with whitney

Then told on her to Bobby.

The bastard.

FAX

booger
02-11-2012, 09:18 PM
Then told on her to Bobby.

The bastard.

FAX

Hell, he taped it. Belichic starts those youngsters with a video camera early. This was waaaaaaaaaayyyy before spygate.

xztop12
02-11-2012, 09:36 PM
kind of interesting at the end when it talked about what his skillset as a coach would be. the rest i dont care about

bevischief
02-12-2012, 03:57 AM
That read didn't make me feel warm and fuzzy.

I agree.

bevischief
02-12-2012, 04:04 AM
The buttsex must have been nice to get this piece...

King_Chief_Fan
02-12-2012, 07:09 AM
Purpose of this article?

Does he play golf? We want to know

Micjones
02-12-2012, 07:49 AM
Really curious to see what Daboll can do with all this offensive talent. Hopefully his commitment to excellence will either result in a better Cassel or another QB.

bevischief
02-12-2012, 08:10 AM
Purpose of this article?

Does he play golf? We want to know

Blow smoke up some ones ass...

Pasta Giant Meatball
02-12-2012, 09:22 AM
Really curious to see what Daboll can do with all this offensive talent. Hopefully his commitment to excellence will either result in a better Cassel or another QB.

He got 25 a game out of the Dolphins the final 9 games. Not seeing the problem with the hire other than people crying he's from "the tree". I don't care if he's from "the moon" if they score 25 points a game next year.

scott free
02-12-2012, 10:20 AM
Babb owed them this puff piece after the candy wrapper episode.

Yup

Chiefshrink
02-12-2012, 11:30 AM
Looks like the Chiefs PR guy is hard at work.

Definite "puff piece" for sure and indirectly telling Chiefs fans, "just hold on, our savior is here to save Cassel and make him successful:rolleyes:

LocoChiefsFan
02-12-2012, 11:45 AM
Babb should be writing novels instead of sports columns. I often get bored with his articles because they're more of a story than stright forward simple(like me) pieces. With that said, I'll hold judgement on Daboll until the season starts.

ILChief
02-12-2012, 03:33 PM
He got 25 a game out of the Dolphins the final 9 games. Not seeing the problem with the hire other than people crying he's from "the tree". I don't care if he's from "the moon" if they score 25 points a game next year.

Did we score 25 points in any game this year?

Pasta Giant Meatball
02-12-2012, 03:37 PM
Did we score 25 points in any game this year?

A healthy Charles would make a big difference.

Chocolate Hog
02-12-2012, 03:41 PM
He got 25 a game out of the Dolphins the final 9 games. Not seeing the problem with the hire other than people crying he's from "the tree". I don't care if he's from "the moon" if they score 25 points a game next year.

You can't just overlook the fact that his offenses have never ranked about 22nd in 3 years of him being the OC.

milkman
02-12-2012, 03:46 PM
Did we score 25 points in any game this year?

Scored 28 points twice, back to back games against the Colts and Raiders.

Had another 23 point game that followed the Raider game, and a 22 point game against the Vikings that preceded the Colts game.

The remaining games were all under 20 points.

FAX
02-12-2012, 03:54 PM
Scored 28 points twice, back to back games against the Colts and Raiders.

Had another 23 point game that followed the Raider game, and a 22 point game against the Vikings that preceded the Colts game.

The remaining games were all under 20 points.

We had 4 games in which we didn't score a single touchdown. And, of course, 1 game in which we scored 1 TD on the Hail Palko.

Pretty amazing. We were up and down like a yo-yo.

5 total rushing TDs. 1 of those from the wildcat.

What a season.

FAX

ILChief
02-12-2012, 04:03 PM
Scored 28 points twice, back to back games against the Colts and Raiders.

Had another 23 point game that followed the Raider game, and a 22 point game against the Vikings that preceded the Colts game.

The remaining games were all under 20 points.

Awesome the only times we broke 25 were when our defense got 6 picks or we played the worst team in the nfl

Marcellus
02-12-2012, 04:31 PM
You can't just overlook the fact that his offenses have never ranked about 22nd in 3 years of him being the OC.

We score 25 a game and we win what 11 games last year?

Chocolate Hog
02-12-2012, 04:36 PM
We score 25 a game and we win what 11 games last year?

Sure but this team wasn't scoring 25 a game with Cassel, Palko, McCluster, and Battle.

boogblaster
02-12-2012, 06:02 PM
if you score 25 and lose .. your defense didn't do its job ......