By Tom E. Curran
Heath Evans was on the Patriots for two of the seven years that Brian Daboll was on the New England coaching staff. It appears Daboll didn't wow Evans with his mental prowess during that period.
Evans,now a running back with the Saints, wasinterviewed on ESPN 760, a Miami radio station. He laceratedthe Dolphins for hiring Daboll as their offensive coordinator(we spotted the item on ProFootballTalk.com). The Dolphins probably just got worse, Evans said in an opening salvo to remember. When he was in New England, he was never a guy that I would have considered the brains of the operation.Evans lobbed a couple of caveats - that Daboll likely learned some when he was quarterbacks coach with the Jets and had Brett Favre and Chad Pennington as his charges in 2007 and 2008, and that he probably learned some more working with Mike Holmgren this season in Cleveland when Daboll was OC - but that opening broadside is hard to overlook. Daboll was wide receivers coach for the Pats during the time he and Evans overlapped. Originally hired as a low-level coach on the recommendation of Nick Saban, Daboll has had a nice rise in the NFL. I remember asking Bill Belichick in 2001 before the Patriots went to the Super Bowl who was doing the low-level grunt work on that team and he gushed about Daboll. But the fashion in which Eric Mangini left the Patriots, reputedly taking with him any player or coach that wasn't nailed down, no doubt has marked Daboll who left for New Jersey with Mangini as an enemy of the state in Foxboro. Evans,who remains close with many Patriots despite signing with New Orleans after 2008, may have that coloring his judgment. As soon as I saw it, I second-guessed the decision, Evans said. A franchise that is really just struggling for success, why do you take an unproven commodity? I second-guess it. I dont know.Good luck to him, Evans said. He was always nice to me good dude.Yeah, right. Daboll hasn't taken a shot like that since this one delivered by Joe Thomas back in November. Coincidentally, Daboll's Browns offense ran all over the Patriots that day.