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The Bills have hired Shea Tierney as an offensive assistant, according to the team website. Tierney is the third member of the Crimson Tide staff joining the Bills along with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and analyst William Vlachos. Vlachos and Tierney will have similar roles; offensive assistant is generally an entry-level NFL position. Tierney has been at Ala…

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The Buffalo Bills’ 2017 season was barely 20 minutes old, but cornerback Leonard Johnson couldn’t help but think ahead. “I would love, love, love to come back and be a part of this team again,” the veteran cornerback said in the visiting locker room after the Bills’ 10-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC wild-card game last month. “Obviously, us making the play…

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The Philadelphia Eagles' use of run-pass option plays was one of the storylines of their Super Bowl-winning season. It was not a storyline of the Buffalo Bills' 2017 season. The Eagles ranked No. 1 in the NFL regular season by using RPOs on 181 plays (17 percent), according to Pro Football Focus. The Bills called only 20 RPOs, which amounted to 2 percent of their …

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New Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is bringing a member of the staff at Alabama with him to Buffalo. William Vlachos, a former All-Southeastern Conference center at Alabama, will serve as an offensive assistant, an entry level position for potential NFL coaches. He had been on the Alabama staff since 2013, initially as a graduate assistant after his playing…

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New Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll joined the New England Patriots' coaching staff in 2000 as part of Bill Belichick's first coaching staff. He can thank Nick Saban for at least getting his foot in the door, according to an outstanding story on the relationship between Saban and Belichick that appeared on Monday Morning Quarterback. Here is how the story de…

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Brian Daboll left the University of Alabama for the Bills with two years remaining on his three-year contract and after collecting a bonus for winning the national championship. Daboll's contract took effect on Feb. 20, 2017, and was scheduled to run through Feb. 29, 2020, according to public records. He was to earn $1.2 million per year, which equals the No. 7 salary a…

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For new Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, the lure of returning to the NFL where he had spent most of his coaching career and the chance to return home to Western New York were obvious factors in his decision to leave the University of Alabama. But was there another factor? The Tuscaloosa News reports that Daboll was frustrated with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban…

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Brian Daboll's coaching history suggests he will know what to do with a franchise-caliber quarterbacking talent, should the Buffalo Bills acquire one. The new Bills' offensive coordinator was part of the gold-standard NFL passing offense in his most recent stint as a New England Patriots assistant from 2013 to 2016. That makes him well-versed in the precision, possessio…

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Brian Daboll spent one season at Alabama and helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship. Daboll was named the Bills' offensive coordinator Sunday. Here is what some of the current Alabama players had to say about him during the season: Back Bo Scarbrough: "Daboll treats us like grown men. That's the thing that I like." Quarterback Jalen Hurts: “He has a g…

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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 …

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Brian Daboll comes to Buffalo with an extensive NFL resume, mostly in various roles with the New England Patriots. But he also has been an offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2009-10, the Miami Dolphins in 2011 and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. Here are some notable numbers, but consider that Daboll worked with quarterbacks Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson…

PHOENIX -- The New England Patriots have lost their past two Super Bowls. Assistant coach Brian Daboll, however, is undefeated in the championship game. The St. Francis High grad earned three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots before leaving to become New York Jets quarterbacks coach and then an offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Kansas Ci…