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West Seneca's Brian Daboll trying for fourth Super Bowl ring with Patriots

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 City Chiefs.

Now he's back with the Patriots, hoping to run his Super Bowl record to 4-0.

"It's an honor to be standing here and to be able to play in this game," Daboll said Tuesday at the Super Bowl's annual media event. "It took a lot of work for us as a team."

Daboll was a defensive assistant 13 years ago, when the Patriots won their first Super Bowl. He coached their wide receivers when they won the 2003 and 2004 championships.

After the Chiefs fired coach Romeo Crennel in December 2012 and hired Andy Reid, who calls his own plays, Patriots coach Bill Belichick welcomed Daboll back as an offensive-line assistant. Daboll became tights end coach this season.

Led by Amherst native Rob Gronkowski, the tight ends have combined for 111 receptions, 1,427 yards and 18 touchdowns in the regular season. In two playoff games, they made 15 catches for 185 yards and two TDs.

"He did a phenomenal job with those guys," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Tuesday.

Belichick praised Daboll for helping Gronkowski, who missed nine games last season with forearm and knee injuries, reclaim All-Pro status.

"I think Brian's really pushed him to do things this year at a higher level than he's done them before just because he has more experience," Belichick said. "He has more of background, a better understanding of a lot of little things."

Daboll is New England's only other offensive assistant who has been an NFL coordinator.

"Every day he's got his hands in the game-planning process, the preparation, the scouting report," McDaniels said. "He's a guy that I lean on significantly in my role.

"Brian's involved in every meeting we have, whether it's red-zone, third-down, goal-line, short-yardage. His tight ends are going to be right in the middle of that anyway. His expertise, his knowledge and the experience he brings is tremendous."

Daboll was raised by his grandparents, Chris and Ruth Kirsten, in West Seneca. Daboll's wife and children have remained in Orchard Park while he lives the pitiless, vagabond life of a football coach.

Daboll, just as McDaniels did, joined the Patriots as a grunt assistant after working at Michigan State with close Belichick associate Nick Saban.

That was a long time and several jobs ago. Daboll left New England to rejoin former Patriots assistant Eric Mangini with the Jets, who fired Mangini and his staff after the 2008 season. Mangini became Browns head coach and named Daboll offensive coordinator, but Mangini lasted only two seasons.

Daboll lost his Dolphins coordinator gig when head coach Tony Sparano was fired.

"In any career or life, there are obstacles that come your way," Daboll said. "Every day you're trying to improve to help the team in any way."

Perhaps there's no better stamp of approval in NFL coaching than having Belichick's trust to handle multiple roles.

"He's been more influential to me than anybody in this business," Daboll said. "You're always learning from Bill.

"I feel fortunate to work for the man. The older you get in this business, the more you appreciate it."

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