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Monday, February 6, 2012
Chiefs name Brian Daboll OC

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The Chiefs have hired former Dolphins assistant Brian Daboll as their offensive coordinator, the team announced Monday.

Daboll, a former assistant with new Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel while the two were on New England's staff, was one of three reported finalists for the job, along with quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn and former Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders.

Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli was in the Patriots' front office when Daboll coached New England's wide receivers and Crennel was the defensive coordinator.

"Brian is a fine football coach and offensive mind," Crennel said in a statement. "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."

Daboll takes over for Bill Muir, who announced his retirement last week.

"This is a great opportunity," Daboll said in the statement. "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."

The Dolphins were 22nd in total offense this season, though there was marked improvement in the second half of the season. Miami also piled up 31 points in a victory over the Chiefs.

Daboll is taking over a potentially potent offense in Kansas City.

All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles is expected to participate in offseason workouts after missing all but the first two weeks of the season with a knee injury. Tight end Tony Moeaki also will be back after sustaining a similar knee injury during a preseason game.

Quarterback Matt Cassel also will be back after hurting his hand during Week 10.

There are questions still surrounding the offense. Top wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is a free agent, though the Chiefs are considering whether to use the franchise tag on him.

Pioli also has promised that there will be competition for Cassel at quarterback. Kyle Orton became a free agent after finishing out the season for Kansas City, which means fifth-round draft pick Ricky Stanzi is the only other quarterback currently under contract.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.