Brian Daboll leaving Patriots for Alabama

Brian Daboll, a 1993 graduate of St. Francis High School, is leaving his job as tight ends coach with the Patriots to become Alabama's offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports, the first of which was by ESPN's Chad Low.

Daboll was a trusted resource for McDaniels, not to mention a close friend from their days together as graduate assistants at Michigan State under Saban in the late 1990s.

Throughout the season there was a lot of speculation about the future of Josh McDaniels in New England. Part of his work as Patriots tight ends coach was to help coordinate the team's running game.

As the coaching cycle spun throughout the past month, the Patriots managed to retain offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, both considered candidates for several National Football League head coaching jobs.

The Crimson Tide's new offensive coordinator surely knows what's expected when joining a program like Alabama, and understands the demand for excellence both from his experience in New England and from his time under Saban at Michigan State. Brian Daboll will replace Steve Sarkisian, who recently inked a deal with the Atlanta Falcons to replace Kyle Shanahan after Daboll served just one game as the Alabama offensive coordinator.

"I am honored to have the chance to return to the college game and work for Coach Saban at Alabama", Daboll said in the release. "We are excited to welcome Brian, his wife Beth and their family to Tuscaloosa". "It is a tremendous opportunity to work at an institution such as Alabama with its rich tradition and history of sustained success, and I'm very excited to get started".

Daboll coached quarterbacks during his two seasons (2007-08) with the New York Jets, helping Brett Favre pick up the Jets offense after coming out of retirement. "He does an excellent job coaching special teams and tight ends, a role I know he truly enjoys". As the season progressed, that talk intensified until McDaniels pulled his name out of the San Francisco 49ers head coaching search.

Daboll is a name that won't be too familiar to college football fans.

Vanessa Coleman