Former QB coach Tua Tagovailoa becomes favorite to land Dolphins coaching job

Former QB coach Tua Tagovailoa becomes favorite to land Dolphins coaching job

Former QB coach Tua Tagovailoa becomes favorite to land Dolphins coaching job

Former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tua Tagovailoa in Alabama became the favorite to land a coaching job with the Miami Dolphins.

Brian Daboll, the Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator who hired and coached Tagovailoa with Crimson Tide in 2017, got 3/1 odds from and BetMGM.

Doug Pederson, who led the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl victory in 2018, and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Binemi are getting 5/1 odds from However, none of them are on the known list of seven Dolphins coaching candidates for whom they requested an interview.

Daball, who was the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator in 2011 under the late Tony Sparano, was interviewed by the Dolphins on Sunday, the day after Buffalo defeated the New England Patriots 47-17 in a playoff game. off. Bill’s defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who previously served as the NFL’s head coach with the Minnesota Vikings (2011-13), was also interviewed by the Dolphins on Sunday.

Daboll seems to be in high demand. According to BetMGM odds for other teams with coaching vacancies, he is also a 3/1 favorite for the New York Giants, 6/1 for the Vikings and 13/2 for the Chicago Bears.

With eight head coaching positions open in the NFL, Duboll and Frazier were linked to more than one of those teams.

The Bears interviewed Daball, 46, on Sunday, the team announced.

Dabolla’s relationship with Tagovailoa could make a big difference after the Dolphins’ intention to move forward with former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 5 was revealed over the weekend.

Dolphins owner Steve Ross, in comments last week following his split from Brian Flores, said the quarterback’s decisions made “no difference.”

“I trust Tua a lot. The next head coach will work with him or with someone else, ”said Ross. “I saw him grow up. I think he is a wonderful young man.

Ross added that he has “no plans” to reopen trade talks for embattled Houston Texans quarterback Deshawn Watson.

Like Flores, Daball is also a member of Bill Belichick’s coaching tree and was an assistant with the New England Patriots for 11 seasons. He began his NFL career as a defensive assistant for New England in 2000. Between that experience and moving to coach wide receivers from 2002 to 2006, he appeared in the Patriots’ first three-Super Bowl run in four seasons under Belichick. He later returned as New England tight end coach from 2013 to 2016, winning two more Super Bowls, bringing his total to five.

Daball has been Buffalo’s offensive coordinator for the past four seasons and was the 2020 AP Assistant Coach of the Year while assisting quarterback Josh Allen in the Pro Bowl season. Over the past two seasons, Allen has thrown for 8,951 yards and thrown for 73 touchdowns.

Daball’s other stops as coordinator were with the Chiefs (2012) and the Cleveland Browns (2009-10). He was also the quarterback coach for the New York Jets (2007-08) when Brett Favre was on the team.

Daboll began his career as an alumni assistant at Michigan State on the staff of Nick Saban (1998–99) and returned to Saban in Alabama in 2017.

In that 2017 season, Tagovailoa was a stand-in as a rookie for most of the year before taking over from starter Jalen Hurts in the title game and leading a furious comeback against Georgia with an overtime victory.