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Daboll must be a great salesman

By Marla Published: February 24, 2011

Former Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll wasted no time finding a landing spot after coach Eric Mangini was fired on Jan. 3. On Jan. 14, Daboll was hired to the same post with the Miami Dolphins.

That stunned Browns fans and observers since Daboll's offense ranked 29th in the league in 2010 and 32nd in 2009. The Browns were 31st in points scored last year. Daboll was friendly and cooperative with the Browns media, but his play-calling lacked imagination.

Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland shed some light on why they snapped up Daboll Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"Brian's track record was intriguing to us,'' Ireland said. "His history with quarterbacks. His history of being a defensive coach and an offensive coach. Coach Sparano and myself were really impressed with how he put a plan together for our offensive players.

"I wasn't necessarily looking at what his production was with Cleveland. I know there were some things there were different, but we've got different personnel. The way he presented his plan with us, with our personnel, was very impressive to us.''

Daboll was a defensive assistant with the New England Patriots from 2002-06 and served as their quarterbacks coach in 2007-08. He also worked as a graduate assistant at Michigan State.

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