After the Buffalo Bills’ postseason came to an abrupt end following their overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on January 23, the 2022 destinations of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and backup quarterback Mitchell Trubisky became the subject of speculation.
Daboll has already interviewed with the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins. Daboll was named the Associated Press’ 2020 Assistant Coach of the Year and was ranked third among head coaching candidates in a December Bleacher Report story. Trubisky, 27, completed six passes in eight attempts and threw an interception as backup to Josh Allen.
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Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted on January 28 that Daboll is expected to have a second interview with the Dolphins next week. Pro Football Talk reported that Daboll had a second interview January 25 with the Giants, who hired former Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen on January 21.
A reporter who covers the Dolphins pondered whether Trubisky, who will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, would follow Daboll to the Dolphins should they hire him. Daboll also has history with Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins’ current starting quarterback, who played for the University of Alabama when Daboll was the offensive coordinator there in 2017.
The Palm Beach Post’s Joe Schad tweeted on January 27, “Just noticed Mitch Trubisky is a free agent. I can guess the Bills backup quarterback might enjoy relocating to South Florida and working with Brian Daboll if that were to play out with the Dolphins.”
SB Nations’ Justin Hier suggested in a January 27 tweet a reason Daboll might lean toward Miami: “As for the possibility that Brian Daboll might choose to retain some of Miami’s current defensive staff if he takes the #Dolphins head coach job… Daboll and current DC Josh Boyer spent several years together with the #Patriots. There’s familiarity there.”
Twitter Reacts to Daboll & Trubisky Rumors
As coach of the Dolphins, who reside with the Bills in the AFC East, Daboll would have to face Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen at least twice a year. Some Dolphins fans on social media seemed excited about that prospect.
Some Twitter users wondered about a potential battle for Miami’s starting quarterback job if Trubisky were to follow Daboll to the Dolphins. Tagovailoa, 23, started 12 games for the Dolphins, throwing for 2,651 yards and 16 touchdowns against 10 interceptions.
“Bring Trubisky in and allow him to actually compete for the starters position,” one Dolphins fan tweeted. “Since people like to compare Tua’s 2nd year numbers to Brees well Trubisky had better numbers that Tua in his second year. Maybe it actually pushes both to be better.”
Another Dolphins said on social media that if Daboll were to land in Miami, he could bring with him other players, tweeting, “If Daboll becomes the next HC of the Miami Dolphins, free agents Mitch Trubisky and Isaiah McKenzie might follow along with a trade for former Alabama WR Calvin Ridley. All have ties to Daboll and I’m sure he’d want to bring more.”
Josh Allen Pushes for Ken Dorsey to Take Over as OC
If Daboll were to take either the Dolphins or Giants job, the Bills would have to find another offensive coordinator.
As for possibly finding Daboll’s replacement, Allen told reporters during his end-of-season press conference on January 24. “There’s a guy in this building that I’m a huge advocate for.”
Allen’s statement made it clear his top pick to replace Daboll would be Ken Dorsey, Buffalo’s current passing game coordinator and quarterback coach.
“I think teams would be foolish not to offer Brian Daboll a job,” Bills quarterback Josh Allen said. “I’m praying they don’t because I want him back here. But I love him and his family too much to really think that. I think he’s one of the best coaches in the league.”