Before the season, the Bills should reach the playoffs. They were consensus favorites to win their division. It wasn’t outrageous to think that they could win twice in the postseason and reach the AFC Championship Game.
How they got there is easy to understand in retrospect from 19 games, but their path was completely unexpected just a few months ago. That said, no one knew Buffalo would have one of the best offenses in football.
In numbers, no team improved on this side of the ball. It could be argued that no player on either side has improved more than Josh Allen, who catapulted himself into MVP competition in his third year. Of course he didn’t do it alone.
The guy behind the guy is offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. And he’s the 2020 AP NFL Assistant Coach of the Year.
Daboll was named a winner at NFL Honors on Saturday. Think of it as the culmination of three years working with Allen who entered the league as one of the roughest top 10 QB picks in the recent past.
The two arrived in Buffalo just a few months apart, but the success was not immediately noticeable. In the first season, the bills took 31st place in the offensive DVOA. They were 21 last year. This year they were fifth. Accordingly, her goal violation rose to second place in the league with 31.3 points per game, an increase of 11.7 points over the previous campaign.
After reaching the postseason in 2019 due to a high-level defense, the Bills won the AFC East that season and scored their first playoff win in 25 years, largely due to their offensive.
It started with Daboll helping Allen to become a more accurate passerby – its degree of completion has increased from 52.8 to 58.8 to 69.2 since 2018. The 45-year-old OK also adapted his plans to suit the Buffalo staff, which was improved upon with the addition of Stefon Diggs and designing a consistent downfield attack. From week 1, Daboll’s unit took on games against poor and first-class defenses (see: Rams, Patriots, Dolphins, Colts).
The former long-time Patriots assistant was offensive coordinator for three NFL teams before joining Sean McDermott’s staff. But never more than two years. Even a stint as the Alabama offensive coordinator, which spawned a national championship, lasted only one season.
Daboll has found a home in West New York and, having piqued interest in two positions as head coach, will be back in 2021 great Development for the bills.