Phil Savage is a busy man. The former general manager of the Cleveland Browns and a longtime personnel man in the NFL, Savage is the executive director of the Senior Bowl, which is scheduled for next week in Mobile, Ala.
He also serves as a radio analyst for University of Alabama football. That means he got an up-close look at new Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in Daboll's one season with the Crimson Tide. The Tide won the national title with Daboll leading the offense.
“Well, I think Brian, first of all, comes from a background of where you cater and play to your strengths,” Savage said on the John Murphy Show. “When he got to Tuscaloosa last year, of course it was an adjustment. You go from the NFL to now college players. All told, I thought Brian did a nice job. ...
“I saw him at one of the media day events in advance of the Clemson game, and I told him to the side that I thought he really done a good job with what he inherited at Alabama. There are some guard rails in place when you coach offensive football for Nick Saban. I thought he managed through that well.”
Savage and the Senior Bowl have an impressive collection of quarterbacks, including Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen. So what is Savage's view of the type of quarterback that best suits Daboll?
“I would think he would lean toward a more pure passer. A guy with quick eyes and a quick arm. Now, is that Tyrod Taylor? I don’t know,” Savage said. “Is that someone else on the roster, like a Nathan Peterman? I don’t know the answer to that. I would suspect, with them changing offensive coordinators, they’re probably going to put everything on the table and try to come up with the best decision in regards to what direction they want to go.
"Now, Sean McDermott spent time in Carolina. They had Cam Newton. He’s the ultimate dual-threat quarterback. I can see it going both ways.”