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LA Chargers: Pros and cons of hiring Brian Daboll as head coach

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll walks on the field before the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Chargers at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Los Angeles defeats Buffalo 31-20. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll walks on the field before the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Chargers at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Los Angeles defeats Buffalo 31-20. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Pro of Brian Daboll coaching the LA Chargers: Adaptable offense

In addition to his failures in situational football, play calling was a noticeable issue under Anthony Lynn. Shane Steichen was the play-caller, but Lynn’s “establish the run philosophy” cratered the offense in some games.

Even in games where the running game wasn’t working, Kalen Ballage or Austin Ekeler would wind up with too many carries one way or another. Daboll is different. He will flip the script depending on the game. He ran up the score on teams this year with an offense that could effectively throw the ball on every down.

Brian Daboll's offensive calls on 1st down vs DEN through three quarters:

PassPassPassPassPassRunRunPassPassPassPassRunPassPassPassRunPassPassPassPassPass (scramble)PassPass (scramble)PassPassPassPassRunRunPassRun

Up 38-13 before 4th quarter

— Tyler Schoon (@tylerjschoon) December 24, 2020

While Daboll understands the modern NFL and the need to be aggressive through the air, he can also change it up when it’s not working. Chargers fans actually saw this first hand.

Josh Allen and the Bills’ receivers struggled with putting much production on the board throughout the game. Daboll was able to then recognize the holes in the Chargers’ run defense with Buffalo running the ball 30 times for 170 yards.

Even if Daboll is pass happy and loves uncorking it downfield, he’s adaptable. If a backup game plan where he needs to focus on his running backs is required, he can do it. His adaptability as a play-caller is his biggest difference from Anthony Lynn or one of his coordinators.

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