Brian Daboll leaving Alabama to be Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator

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New England Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll, right, shouts instructions as he and defensive line coach Brendan Daly watch from the bench area during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — After one season and one national championship in college football, Brain Daboll is headed back to the NFL. 

The Buffalo Bills announced Daboll as their new offensive coordinator Sunday, leaving Alabama to search for their third offensive coordinator in 12 months. 

“We are excited to hire Brian as our offensive coordinator and welcome him back to western New York,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said in a statement. “I know how much this area means to him. He is a good coach and a good teacher and has been part of winning programs in the NFL and in college.”

“Brian did a tremendous job for us this past season at Alabama, and I know he will do a great job for the Buffalo Bills,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “He is an outstanding coach and coordinator who put us in position to be successful each week. We appreciate all that he did in terms of his time and his dedication in contributing to the success we had this season. We wish Brian, his wife Beth, and their entire family all the best.”

Alabama will now be looking for both an offensive and defensive coordinator in the same offseason for the first time since 2007 after Nick Saban’s first season. Jeremy Pruitt left after the 2017 season to become Tennessee’s head coach. 

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