Posted: 2:33 pm Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Dolphins look to take a ‘step forward’ with new OC Brian Daboll, but with a coach that shares Tony Sparano’s philosophies (with video)
By Post Staff
Update: Videos of Brian Daboll have been added to the bottom.
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and head coach Tony Sparano made it abundantly clear Wednesday morning that the Dolphins are moving on and trying to distance themselves from the first three years of their administration.
“We’re moving on, and we’re looking forward to changing the direction of the franchise,” Ireland said at a press conference Wednesday to introduce Brian Daboll as the team’s new offensive coordinator.
“Today, we feel like we took a great step toward correcting some of the problems that we obviously have had,” Sparano said. “This is a great step forward for us.”
Owner Stephen Ross wants a flashy new offense, to remind Dolphins fans of “the days of Dan Marino” after the team finished 30th in the NFL in total offense, and 31st in touchdowns scored. Yet it became clear during Wednesday’s 14-minute press conference that Daboll, 35, was hired because he shares many of the same philosophies as do Sparano and Ireland.
Sparano called Daboll “obviously somebody that had a really clear vision, and maybe shared some of the same thoughts that I might have for where we want to go here offensively.”
And Daboll, in turn, said that Sparano and Ireland have the “right plan set in place … In terms of philosophy and structure. Daboll, who like Sparano is a former small-college football player from the northeast, also used a few of the same phrases Sparano has coined over the last three years.
“We’re going to do our due diligence and research to provide our players the best chance to be successful,” Daboll said. “We’re going to put a heavy emphasis on character, on toughness, on the ability to go out there and execute plays under pressure. … I want these guys fired up, ready to go. We’re going to get to work, and we’re going to work our tails off.”
While we wait for some slow-loading videos to load onto YouTube (the first one of Sparano and Ireland can be found at the bottom of this post), here are the highlights from today’s press conference:
• Daboll mentioned Charlie Weis, Josh McDaniels and Brian Schottenheimer as his three biggest influences, but didn’t get too specific about what the offense will look like. “It’s not going to be one set thing, where it’s going to be 5-wide every play, it’s not going to be crunched down into a big package,” he said. “We’re going to try to attack the weaknesses of a defense and we’re going to try to maximize our strengths.”
• Daboll did call it a “quarterback-friendly system, where he’s going to be able to make a lot of different adjustments at the line of scrimmage, and I’m going to take an active role in being with him in the meetings and getting him to develop the way I think he can develop.” Daboll said Chad Henne “has some tools that we can develop” but said the team will “research every available player” at quarterback.
• Daboll, on what he looks for in a quarterback: “Accuracy, pocket presence, and I’d say his ability to lead the troops under pressure. Have to be good on third down, beating man to man coverage, and has to be accurate with the football.”
• Daboll singled out only two offensive players he likes – Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess – and did say one goal will be to utilize “different motions and shifts, try to create mismatches within the players in this division. … Put them on some spots where maybe you haven’t seen them before.”
• Daboll’s two-year tenure with the Browns didn’t go well – the team never finished higher than 29th in points or yards – and he said he’s trying to put it in his “rearview mirror,” though he feels he learned a lot from his first experience as a coordinator. “There’s no book that you can read or a manual you can read (about) dealing with people, dealing with position coaches, organizational structure, timely calls,” he said. “I think with experience you get better with it. … We didn’t do as well as we wanted to do. Again, I’m putting that behind me and I’m looking forward to the opportunity here.”
• Sparano used a variation of the word “excited” five times in his 2-minute speech, “enthusiasm” twice and “energy” once to describe Daboll.
• Sparano said he spent about 55 hours interviewing the five candidates – Daboll, Rob Chudzinski, Chris Palmer, John Garrett and Brad Childress. “So it’s been an awful long process and we’ve done a lot of homework,” Sparano said.
• Sparano also said that Daboll was hired because he has learned under some of the best coaches in the game – Bill Belichick, Nick Saban, Eric Mangini and Schottenheimer – and because he has recently worked for the Patriots and Jets. “People that I respect a great deal in this business, and has tremendous knowledge of course of our division, which is also very important,” Sparano said.
Here is video of Sparano and Ireland talking about “moving on:”
Here are Daboll’s opening comments about taking over the job:
Daboll talking about quarterbacks and the lessons he learned in Cleveland:
Daboll talking about what the offense will look like:
And Daboll talks more about the offense: