Lane Kiffin

Alabama's Daboll thrives under taskmasters Belichick, Saban

Brian Daboll has thrived under one of the most demanding, intense and successful coaches around. Now, he's working for another.

The new Alabama offensive coordinator left Bill Belichick's New England Patriots to come work in the college ranks for the first time since graduate school under Nick Saban. Some things haven't changed: Daboll still is working with a team that's expected to contend for championships every season and Saban is again his boss.

Daboll (rhymes with table) is comfortable working for taskmasters partly because he was "raised by some old-school grandparents" who expected much from him.

"I've had a tremendous amount of respect for...