The Giants are hiring Brian Daboll, one of the hottest offensive coordinators in the NFL.
Daboll, 46, is a former Dolphins assistant who has helped the Bills and quarterback Josh Allen develop into AFC East dynamos.
The move might weaken Miami's most dangerous divisional opponent. But the Dolphins won't receive any possible benefit for third-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Daboll was one of at least three known finalists for the Dolphins' head coaching job.
Daboll was Tagovailoa's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama in 2017. Daboll was also Dolphins offensive coordinator under Tony Sparano in 2011.
Daboll has worked under noted disciplinarians Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. But former players have also praised his ability to relate and communicate with them.
Earlier this season, Allen said of Daboll: "He cares so much about football and cares so much about being the best version of himself for us to put ourselves in situations to be successful. That's that's why we love him."
Bills receiver Stefon Diggs has said Daboll sets up players to capitalize on their strengths. "And lets guys just be themselves," Diggs said.
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Daboll was Bills offensive coordinator for four seasons and their offense has improved from 30 to 24 to 2 to 5.
Allen's passer rating has jumped from 68 and 85 to 107 and 92. When Allen was selected, he was considered a remarkably raw talent with a high ceiling.
In 2020, Daboll was named NFL's assistant coach of the year.
The offense Daboll directed at Alabama, with Jalen Hurts and Tagovailoa ranked 15th in the nation in scoring at 37.1 points per game, 13th in rushing and 16th in first downs.
After last season he drew interest from the Los Angeles Chargers and New York Jets.
Among the other coaches Miami has interviewed were former Dolphins defensive coordinator and Broncos head coach Vance Joseph and former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn.
Other known Dolphins finalists include 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel and Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Each is expected to meet again with Dolphins' leadership.
The Dolphins league ranking in total offense under Adam Gase and Brian Flores are: 24, 25 ,31, 27, 22, 24.
The offense must be fixed for Miami have any chance to make the NFL playoffs, which they have failed to do in five consecutive seasons. The Dolphins have also not won a playoff game in the past 21 seasons.
Still, the Dolphins situation is not a total rebuild, like the one Flores walked into three years ago. Miami won 19 games the past two seasons and has a massive amount of salary cap space to tap into this offseason.
Daboll is a native of Canada who was raised in Western New York. He has five Super Bowl rings from two separate stints with the Patriots.
Former colleagues have said Daboll is "ego-less," "a people person," "a great teacher" and have cited his "work ethic" and "wealth of knowledge."
Earlier this year Daboll conducted an interview with the alumni newsletter for his alma mater, the University of Rochester.
"I’d like to say that I’m a leader," Daboll said. "You have to develop relationships with your players, but you also have to set a standard and an expectation that you are going to hold them accountable to. Once a player can trust you and you earn their respect, they’re more accountable to you."
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