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Report: Bills OC Brian Daboll a front-runner as Chargers, Justin Herbert's future head coach

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Brian Daboll has been Sean McDermott’s right-hand man on the Bills for the past three years, but he could very well be on his way out of Buffalo in the coming weeks.

According to ESPN, the Bills offensive coordinator has emerged as a favorite for the Los Angeles Chargers head coaching gig after Anthony Lynn’s four-year stint with the Bolts ended in January following the team’s 7-9 season.

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The 45-year-old coach would certainly be an appealing hire for the Chargers as he’s helped morph the Bills offense into one of the NFL’s elite. Buffalo is now a legit contender due in part to the development of Josh Allen as one of the league’s premier quarterbacks and a potential NFL MVP. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs also helped pilot the offense, leading the NFL in receiving yards (1,535). 

After ranking 28th in total offense during Daboll’s first two seasons and being one of four teams to average fewer than 200 passing yards per game, the Bills finished the 2020 season second in scoring (31.3), second in yards per game (396.4) and third in passing yards per game (288.8).

 

Investing in Daboll would be investing in a coach who has a creative mind for the game. There’s no better offensive weapons to have at his disposal than rising star Justin Herbert, who etched his name in the record books in his first NFL season, and four-time Pro Bowl receiver Keenan Allen.

Herbert broke almost every fathomable NFL rookie passing record during the 2020 season, including passing yards (4,336), most passing touchdowns (31), and most completions (396). He was just six yards short of Andrew Luck’s rookie record of 4,374 yards passing. With Daboll as head coach, Herbert could be the next big name in the NFL's MVP conversation in 2021. 

Daboll is one of nine candidates for the Chargers head coaching vacancy, but because his team is still playing (yay Bills fans!) in the AFC Playoffs, Los Angeles must wait for Daboll’s Bills to be finished with the postseason before negotiations can ensue.

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