There is no question that the San Francisco 49ers are doing their due diligence when it comes to selecting the right offensive coordinator. A position made available as OC Greg Roman left for the Buffalo Bills, the question remains who will be his successor?
A few names that continue to pop up are Lane Kiffin, Mike Shanahan and Rob Chudzinski. And while no decision can be reached with any of the Seahawks or Patriots coaching staff until after the Super Bowl, the 49ers must tackle a wait-and-see-approach if they hope of landing one of those 2014 championship coaches. Even 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula touched on that ideology.
“If there’s somebody that’s doing something really interesting, you know that’s it, but it’s tampering, so you don’t want to do that,” Tomsula said. “So you have to wait, and that’s just right. But then if there’s somebody else you can get right now, what do you do there? Do you hedge your bet?”
One name I’m going to throw out there as a possible candidate for #49ers OC job is Pats TE coach Brian Daboll. He was OC from ’09 to ’12.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) January 18, 2015
CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco wrote that the 49ers may be waiting on Chudzinski or Kiffin, however if not them, it may be another possible candidate and that’s current New England Patriots TE coach Brian Daboll.
Daboll, who falls under the Bill Belichick (Bill Parcells) coaching tree may be what the 49ers are looking for. After all, 49ers GM Trent Baalke worked under Bill Parcells as a personnel scout while Parcells coached the New York Jets, so it wouldn’t be all that surprising. And with Daboll not being able to move up the ladder as Josh McDaniels is the Patriots offensive coordinator, the opportunity to coach San Francisco’s offense would be very attractive.
Daboll was the first OC in Dolphins franchise history to have two players hit the 1,000 mark both rushing and receiving in same season.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) January 23, 2015
In 2011, Daboll created history as his Miami Dolphins offense became the first unit in franchise history to record both a 1,000 yard-rusher and 1,000 yard-receiver in the same season. In that season, RB Reggie Bush ran for 1,086 yards while WR Brandon Marshall recorded 81 catches for 1,214 yards.
In 2012, Daboll’s offense had the 5th best rushing attack in NFL with an average of 149.7 rushing yards per game. — Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) January 23, 2015
And if you’re wondering how well the Dolphins quarterback played that season, well rest assured he had a career-year as he guided journey-man QB Matt Moore to the fifth best quarterback rating in the AFC with a 87.1 rating. Not to mention, Daboll had a very disciplined offense evident by ranking third-best in least amount of penalties with 39, you can see where his value lies.
With the 49ers yet to hire an offensive coordinator, I can’t help but wonder why as they may be waiting for Chudzinski’s contract to expire or possibly another coach who just so happens to be coaching in one of the biggest games of their lives, the Super Bowl.