FOXBOROUGH — Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said he welcomed the addition of former wide receivers coach Brian Daboll back to the coaching staff, a move that was announced Monday by head coach Bill Belichick during his teleconference with reporters following Sunday’s 41-28 AFC divisional playoff victory over the Houston Texans.
With the Patriots set to host the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium, McDaniels said he expected to have Daboll, who last season was the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator. Daboll, 37, previously coached in New England as a wide receivers coach but left in 2007 to join Eric Mangini’s staff with the New York Jets as quarterbacks coach.
He joined Mangini in Cleveland and was the Browns offensive coordinator 2009-10 and was Miami’s offensive coordinator in 2011.
“It’s great to have Brian back,” McDaniels said. “He’s a very good football coach, very knowledgeable, and will certainly help us in a lot of different ways. Certainly, having another set of eyes that’s experienced and has an understanding of our system and how we go about doing things is only a positive for us.
“It can only help our football team going forward and I look forward to doing that with Brian.”
Daboll’s addition to the staff seemed to follow suit with McDaniels’ return to the team last season, when he was added to the staff as an offensive consultant to help Bill O’Brien, who had agreed to take the head coaching position at Penn State.
“Last year, when I came back, anything they asked me to do, I was excited to do,” McDaniels said. “Anything you can do to help at this time of the year is useful – and whether that’s drawing practice cards or sitting in on a meeting and having a few ideas on a certain situation in the game plan or anything like that, everything is so important and every detail is so critical at this time of the year.
“Having another good football coach on the staff is nothing but helpful for us.”
Asked if Daboll’s addition to the staff meant he was looking to go elsewhere, especially with NFL head coaching vacancies in San Diego, Arizona, Jacksonville and Philadelphia still open, McDaniels replied, “I’m excited to work with Brian. This will, hopefully, be a real simple transition for him to come back and fit in with all of us. I know all of us are excited to see him and have him help us here this week and see how many different ways to help us get better.
“I’m excited to be here and, like I said before, I’m very, very happy with my role here.”