New Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll conducted an extensive news conference in the days leading up to the college football national championship game when he was the offensive coordinator at Alabama.
Here are some excerpts from that news conference that provide some hints of Daboll's style and influences and what fans might see in his time with the Bills.
On his mentors Bill Belichick and Nick Saban:
They're very detailed and demanding in what they ask you to do. Everybody in the systems and organizations has a role to do. I just have a tremendous amount of respect for both of them. I couldn't ask for two better mentors.
On how they have helped him:
Really, everything. You know, start with the football aspect of it. They're brilliant football minds in all three phases of the game. But they're exceptional leaders and managers of organizations. And I think one of the things that I've learned from those guys is how to lead in good times and in bad times. You know, they're pretty much unbelievable in every aspect of the organization from what you do after a win, what you do after a loss, how to motivate different guys. They're just – it's been a blessing. For 14 of my 20 years, I've been able to work for those two guys.
Coach Saban has his hands in all facets of the organization. He's extremely smart. He's dedicated. He's disciplined. He demands a lot from everyone in the organization. He clearly defines roles and expectations. So, you know, those are some things that I really hold high regard for him.
On coaching in college vs. the pros:
Coaching's coaching. You tell the players what to do. You show them how to do it. You help them improve every day. You do your part to work extremely hard on game plans and things like that. You try to be a mentor to these guys whether it's the pros or college, and build a relationships, which, you know, to me is extremely important is to have, you know, good working relationships with the guys that you're with on a day-to-day basis.
On whether he is having fun:
I try to enjoy myself every day, and I'm blessed to be here, and I'm blessed to work in this profession. It's a great profession, but you're not really thinking about, you know, fun or not. You're just going to the next deal. You're such a creature of habit and routine. You have so many things you got to try to accomplish and you have such a small time to do it. That's where your focus needs to be.
On how he used his running backs at Alabama:
Well, we like all of our backs in space. You know, we like them inside, outside. You have to pick and choose what you do based on game plan and things like that, and, you know, we really like those guys inside, outside, pass game, tosses, handoffs, you know, they've done a good job for us.
On doing your job:
(Saban and Belichick) are exceptional leaders. … You go out there and you do your job. There's expectation, whether you're a receiver coach, coordinator, quality control, you know, the people that take care of the building in terms of, you know, the trash and things like that that are really an important part of the organization, people that cook for us, the equipment managers, you know, I can go on and on. The operations guys, everybody has a job to do and you just focus on your job and that's the thing that they always preach is don't concern yourself with other things. Take care of your job. Be responsible for what you need to do and help the team out in any way you can. …
That's what every game comes down to, is going out there and executing your assignment, and being able to operate. Your job. That's really what it comes down to.
On learning the run-pass option in the college game:
Yeah, it's been kind of cool to learn that deal. … The game is ever-evolving. For me, it was good to learn that aspect of it, you know? I think there's definite advantages, but you have to execute them. You have to be able to execute them.
On the process
There's a routine. If you ask me what I'm doing at 5 o’clock Monday or Sunday, or what you're game planning for. I think there's – of all of the people I worked for, you have to have a routine. We're creatures of habit in this business. You only have so much time, and so many things to do. You want to give your guys the best chance you can, so you work extremely hard to do the things you need to do. But there's a structure in place, there's a process in place and we follow it.
Look, you have to have good players, right? But there's also – my take, and what I've seen from, is a way to run an organization, and it starts with the leaders. And to be around those two guys, and even for me, the Kraft family at New England, just really blessed to see how very successful men do things and run things in a variety of circumstances. So I owe a lot to all of those guys.
You can dissect 20 different quarterbacks and they all have their little intricacies of where they put the ball, how they hold it. How their release point is. I think some guys it can work for. Some of the other guys it doesn't work right. We work on fundamentals every day in terms of footwork and decision making and understanding where to go with the football and mechanics. That's just as a position coach, it's no different than a stance of a receiver. A top of a route, hand placement. Punching off inside foot pass protection. Snap, the whole deal.
You just be consistent in your approach, you know? Look. You install your offense, and you go through the drills that you need to do, and that's really at any position, not just a quarterback. I mean, look, your job as coach is tell the players what to do, show them how to do it and help them improve on a day-to-day basis. So that's kind of our approach.
On his upbringing:
I was raised by my two grandparents and my mother who – you know, that's how you get your values when you're a young man, and I was raised a particular way, then you get into this business and you want to be smart. You want to do the right thing. You want to have respect for the people in charge. You want to do your job and concentrate on the things you need to do.