Former Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll wanted to see Tua Tagovailoa on the field much earlier in the season than the National Championship Game, according to a report.
That’s from TideSports.com’s Aaron Suttles, who said Daboll’s clash with coach Nick Saban on who the starting quarterback should be could have contributed to his decision to leave Alabama for the Buffalo Bills.
Suttles reported there were other factors — such as Daboll moving back closer to home and not having to recruit as an NFL assistant — but the fight to play Tagovailoa or incumbent starter Jalen Hurts was a battle that started in November.
As history will remember, Tagovailoa relieved Hurts after Georgia shut out the Tide in the first half of the CFP title game. But the freshman threw 3 touchdowns in the second half and overtime, eventually firing the game winner to freshman receiver DeVonta Smith.
As the coach, Saban was largely credited with the decision to start Tagovailoa in the second half.
Alabama will now search for its fourth play caller in three seasons. Previously, Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian called plays for the Crimson Tide. The lack of stability among the offensive coaching staff has yet to seriously hurt Alabama, but a true quarterback guru would be beneficial for Tagovailoa’s development going forward.