By Tim Graham
Not only does the St. Francis High grad get to visit his family, but he also has gotten accustomed to leaving his hometown with an easy victory.
Daboll, the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator, will extend a streak Sunday. Since he joined the NFL as a coaching apprentice in 2000, he has returned to Western New York once a season to play the Buffalo Bills.
Daboll was born in Welland, Ont., grew up in West Seneca and graduated from the University of Rochester with an economics degree. An injury his senior year nudged him toward coaching. He was a graduate assistant at Michigan State when Nick Saban was head coach. Saban endorsed him to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Daboll got his NFL start as a defensive assistant with the Patriots and won three Super Bowl rings. He was their wide receivers coach from 2002 through 2006.
He left for the Jets with Eric Mangini and served two seasons as quarterbacks coach, working with Brett Favre in 2008.
Daboll was Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator under Mangini in 2009 and 2010 and spent last season as Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator under Tony Sparano.
Daboll's teams have won by a combined score of 476-284, an average margin of 21.6-12.9. He has witnessed the Bills score more than 17 points three times and watched them score single digits nine times, including three of the past four games.
He has gone 9-3 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.