Chiefs formally announce Daboll hiring

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the hiring of Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator.

Here are my thoughts on the hire when it was first reported. Daboll was the offensive coordinator in Miami in 2011, and he had the same job in Cleveland the two previous years. He worked with Kansas City head coach Romeo Crennel and Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli in New England early last decade.

This is what Crennel had to say about the hire in a statement released by the team: "Brian is a fine football coach and offensive mind. I worked with him when he was a young coach in New England, and I am proud of the way his career has developed. We had a very thorough process for this position, and it was clear to me that Brian was the right choice. He was coveted by multiple teams, and I am glad he will be joining our staff.”

Added Daboll: "This is a great opportunity. After meeting with Romeo, it was clear to me Kansas City was a good fit. I have a lot of respect for Romeo, and a strong appreciation for the Kansas City Chiefs franchise. Romeo and I have similar ideas on the direction of the program, and we have a good core group of players to get started with. I’m ready to get in as soon as possible and start working to be a part of something special.”

Daboll worked with Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel for two seasons in New England.

Crennel hasn’t hired a defensive coordinator, and he probably won’t. He will run the defense.

The only major coaching opening remaining in the AFC West is Oakland’s defensive coordinator job. The Raiders might be close to hiring Stanford co-defensive coordinator Jason Tarver for the job.