FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When New England Patriots tight ends coach George Godsey departed to become Houston Texans quarterbacks coach earlier this offseason, it created a void for Bill Belichick to fill on his staff.
Belichick didn't have to look far, knowing he had an asset already on staff in tapping Brian Daboll for the role.
Daboll broke into the NFL with the Patriots from 2000-06 -- first as a defensive assistant, then as receivers coach -- before moving on to the New York Jets (quarterbacks coach 2007-08), Cleveland Browns (offensive coordinator 2009-10), Miami Dolphins (offensive coordinator, 2011) and Kansas City Chiefs (offensive coordinator, 2012).
He returned to the Patriots' staff in January of 2013, joining the team for the playoffs that year before settling into a more permanent role for the 2013 regular season as a coaching assistant with varied responsibilities.
Now he'll focus more intimately on the tight end position.
“For us having a new position coach in Daboll, he’s done a great job," tight end Michael Hoomanawanui said Thursday morning at Gillette Stadium. "It's a little different style than I'm used to, but very energetic, very in-your-face. He's going to get the best out of you. He’s been around for a long time and coached a lot of great players, so we’re all excited about having him.”
Part of what makes it a natural fit for the Patriots is that Daboll spent considerable time working with retiring offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia last season, so he’s been an important part of the transition to new coach Dave DeGuglielmo.
Because Hoomanawanui is a big part of blocking schemes as a tight end, he’s also worked closely with DeGuglielmo, usually at the start of each organized team activity.
“Same way [as Daboll] -- he seems very in-your-face too, very loud, but that’s good," he said. "He's going to get the best out of his players as well. Excited about it."
Hoomanawanui is also appreciative of what Godsey, his former position coach, did to help him maximize his potential.
“He gave a different perspective, from having played quarterback in college,” he said. “It was a look through a different set of eyes, what quarterbacks are seeing -- that progression they go through each and every play. That definitely helped. I wish him the best of luck.”