Bills OC Brian Daboll emerges as front-runner in Chargers’ head-coaching search


With the Jaguars (Urban Meyer), Jets (Robert Saleh), Falcons (Arthur Smith) and Lions (Dan Campbell) each wrapping up their coaching searches this week, just three NFL openings remain—the Chargers, Eagles and Texans. That number could soon shrink to two as the Chargers appear poised to make Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll their next head coach, replacing Anthony Lynn (another Buffalo alum), who amassed 33 wins (.516 winning percentage) and a single playoff appearance over his four-year tenure in Los Angeles.

Though an official announcement will have to wait until Buffalo is eliminated from the postseason (the Bills host Baltimore Saturday night), ESPN’s Adam Schefter characterizes Daboll as the “favorite” to land the Bolts’ vacant head-coaching seat while Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register agrees Daboll has emerged as the clear “frontrunner” to succeed Lynn in L.A. Daboll, who has held his current position with Buffalo since 2018, has rubbed shoulders with some of the most-respected coaches in football including Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. The 45-year-old held various responsibilities over his two stints in New England (defensive assistant, wide receivers coach and tight ends coach) and served as both offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Crimson Tide during Alabama’s title run in 2017.

Daboll, who also interviewed for the Jets’ job before they settled on former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, has ties to Chargers GM Tom Telesco, his former classmate at Saint Francis High School in suburban Buffalo. Other candidates for the Chargers’ gig include Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy and Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley. Neither have prior head-coaching experience.

In particular, Daboll has been lauded for his work with Josh Allen, elevating the third-year quarterback to All-Pro status. In Los Angeles, Daboll would be tasked with mentoring Justin Herbert, who set multiple rookie records in his debut 2020 campaign. Among internal options, QBs coach Ken Dorsey and wide receivers coach Chad Hall would be the logical candidates to replace Daboll as Buffalo’s offensive coordinator.

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